Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Seven-Run 12th Inning

NC State's 9-2 victory over Campbell last night was excruciating enough, but at least the Wolfpck gave us something to chew over with its seven-run uprising in the top of the 12th inning. That’s a big inning, but it's an historically big inning for extra innings, at least for NC State.

Consider: In the 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2011 seasons combined, NC State played 17 extra-inning games and scored just five runs after the ninth inning. That’s five runs total in 17 extra-inning games covering six entire seasons. The Wolfpack scored fewer than seven runs for a season in extra innings 10 times in the last 14 seasons dating back to 1999. So what happened last night was unusual, to say the least.

NC State now has scored eight runs in extra innings in two games in 2014. Again dating back to 1999, only the 2000 and 2010 teams scored more than eight runs in extra innings for the entire season. The 2000 team scored 10 extra-inning runs in seven games. The 2010 team scored 11 extra-inning runs in eight games.

Prior to last night, the most runs NC State scored in an extra inning since 1999 was five runs in a 7-4 victory over Cal-Irvine on Feb. 26, 2010, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Russell Wilson — remember him? — won that game with a tape-measure three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th.

(The research included in this note dates back to the ACC’s adoption of The Automated Scorebook game scoring software. Additional research will be needed by the NC State Athletics Communication office to determine the last time NC State scored more than seven runs in an extra inning.)

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