Game 1: NC State vs Old Dominion (Box score)
No. 10 NC State dropped its season opener to Old Dominion Friday night at TicketReturn.Com Field, 5-0.
Johnny Piedmonte (0-1, 6.75) picked up the loss after surrendering three runs, two earned, over 2-2/3 innings. The Davidson, NC native also walked four and struck out one.
The Monarchs held the Wolfpack’s offense to only three hits. Sam Sinnen (1-0, 0.00 ERA) earned the win for ODU after shutting State down for five innings. The junior right-hander struck out three and walked two while only allowing two hits.
Stephen Pitarra provided the most offense for the Pack with two singles. Preston Palmeiro added another single for State’s only other hit.
Game 2: NC State at Coastal Carolina (Box score)
After dropping its season opener, State lit up the scoreboard and overcame No. 21 Coastal Carolina, 13-10.
The Pack made up for getting shut out the previous day with five home runs, including three in the decisive eighth inning. Josh McLain, Palmeiro, Andrew Knizner, Joe Dunand, and Xavier LeGrant each slugged balls over the fence against the Chanticleers.
After Brian Brown, Sean Adler, and Evan Brabrand combined to surrender seven runs, six earned, over 5-2/3 innings, Will Gilbert (1-0) shut out Coastal Carolina in 2-1/3 innings, striking out three and only walking one.
With the score tied at 7 apiece entering the top of the eighth, Dunand led off with his solo shot to give the Pack the lead. After a Pitarra groundout, Brock Deatherage dropped down a bunt single and stole second in the next at-bat. McLain followed with a two-run shot over the left-field wall. Palmeiro answered with a home run of his own to give the Pack a four-run lead.
Game 3: NC State vs Kent State (Box score)
After surviving a pitcher’s duel in the first half of the contest, State relied again on its bats to overpower Kent State Sunday afternoon, 7-5.
Joe O’Donnell started for the Pack and surrendered three runs, two earned, and struck out five Golden Flashes over 5-1/3 innings. Cody Beckman (1-0) took over for O’Donnell and finished the sixth inning, earning the win despite surrendering two runs. Brabrand relieved Beckman and was lights out for the remainder of the game, only giving up a hit while striking out two in three innings of work.
Knizner went 2-for-5 at the plate, including a three-run, go-ahead home run in the top of the sixth inning. Deatherage also shined at the plate, drilling his first home run of the season in a 2-for-3 performance.
After Kent State launched a three-run home run off of Beckman in the bottom of the sixth to give the Golden Flashes a one-run lead, the Pack rallied with a three-run inning to take advantage for good. McLain reached on a bases-loaded fielder’s choice that scored Chance Shepard. Palmeiro followed with a single into left field that plated Garrett Suggs. Two batters later, Dunand plated McLain with an RBI double.
NC State will host Morehead State on Tuesday at 3 pm for the team’s home opener at Doak Field at Dail Park.