RALEIGH, N.C. - Hoping to get back on the winning track, the Tigers will face another Atlantic Coast Conference opponent this weekend when they travel to North Carolina State University to play the Wolfpack in a three-game series at Doak Field at Dail Park.
Towson and NC State will play single games on Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. before closing out the series with a Sunday afternoon contest at 1:00 p.m.
The Wolfpack comes into the series with a 28-18 overall record. NC State has won 18 of 27 games at home. Competing in the very tough ACC, the Wolfpack has an 11-13 record. NC State is hoping for a strong finish so the Wolfpack can earn an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Last weekend, NC State improved its post-season hopes by winning two of three games from sixth-ranked Georgia Tech. Last month, NC State won two of three games from Virginia when the Cavaliers were the number one-ranked team in the nation.
North Carolina State is the third different ACC team that the Tigers have played this season. In late March, Towson dropped two games at Virginia. The Tigers have also faced Maryland three times and lost twice to the Terps.
The Wolfpack has a very strong offensive team that owns a .336 team batting average. NC State has scored 439 runs in 46 games with 123 doubles and 66 home runs. Senior second baseman Dallas Poulk is NC State's leading hitter with a .384 batting average. He has scored 65 runs with 16 doubles, eight home runs and 48 runs batted in. Senior centerfielder Kyle Wilson is batting .380 with a team-leading 12 stolen bases.
Junior catcher Chris Schaeffer is the Wolfpack's top home run hitter. He is batting .349 with a team-leading ten homers and 31 runs batted in. Sophomore third baseman Andrew Ciencin is also having a great season for the Wolfpack. He is batting .340 with seven homers and a team-leading 57 RBI's. Senior rightfielder Drew Poulk has driven in 51 runs while batting .330.
Sophomore righthander Cory Mazzoni is the ace of the Wolfpack pitching staff. He has a 6-2 record with a 4.82 E.R.A. In 65.1 innings of work, he has 63 strikeouts. Junior righthander Jake Buchanan owns a 5-4 record with a 4.14 E.R.A. He leads NC State with 71.2 innings pitched and has 66 strikeouts.
The Tigers, who are now 16-31 on the season, are coming off a very disappointing 10-5 loss to Maryland on Tuesday. In that game, the Tigers committed a seasonal high six errors which led to eight unearned runs. Towson takes a three-game losing streak into the series at NC State.
Junior second baseman Chris Wychock continues to lead the Tigers in batting. Wychock is hitting .350 with 19 doubles, 10 home runs and a team-leading 42 runs batted in. Wychock leads the team in doubles and he is tied for the team lead in home runs.
Senior first baseman Steve Yarsinsky is batting .344 with 13 doubles, 10 homers and 39 RBI's. A .327 hitter in his college career, he now has 232 career base hits. He enters the weekend series ranked sixth on Towson's list of career base hit leaders. In his career, he has scored 130 runs with 131 RBI's.
Junior shortstop Nick Natoli is batting .333 with 28 runs scored and 32 RBI's. Senior rightfielder Kevin Collins, who is also hitting .333, has scored 40 runs. He has hit five home runs with 39 RBI's.
Sophomore centerfielder Ben Winter leads the Tigers with 44 runs scored. The Colonial Athletic Association co-leader with five triples, he is batting .330 with 20 RBI's.
Junior designated hitter Steve Rice is one of the Tigers' hottest hitters. He is now batting .304 with 12 doubles, five homers and 27 RBI's. Junior third baseman Austin Harclerode enters the NC State series with a 19-game hitting streak. He is batting .302 with three homers and 31 RBI's.
Junior relief ace Drew Permison has been the Tigers' most consistent pitcher. He has appeared in 22 games and posted a 4-3 record with a 3.48 E.R.A. and three saves. In 41.1 innings, he has 42 strikeouts.
After their trip to NC State, the Tigers will visit UMBC on Tuesday evening, May 11 for a non-conference game against the Retrievers.
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