[RECAP] Wolfpack Rallies Past Spartans

After falling behind in the top of the eighth inning, No. 8 NC State (6-2) overcame UNCG in the bottom half to take the win at Doak Field at Dail Park, 8-4.

The Wolfpack entered the eighth inning with a 2-1 lead, but by the time it went to bat, State faced a 4-2 deficit. The Pack responded with six runs before shutting the door on the Spartans.

Chance Shepard played the hero once again for the Wolfpack. Though only recording one hit at the plate, the lone hit was a three-run home run, his fourth homer in four games, that pushed State further ahead in the bottom of the eighth.

Josh McLain was another offensive catalyst for State. The center fielder and leadoff hitter finished 2-for-5 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored.

Cory Wilder started on the mound for State, leaving after four innings. Wilder only surrendered one run on two hits and two walks while striking out three. Travis Orwig and Austin Staley followed with 1-2/3 innings of shutout pitching, giving up a hit apiece.

Sean Adler and Tommy DeJuneas (1-0) threw the final 3-1/3 innings and surrendered three earned runs on five hits collectively. The two hurlers also combined for two walks and two strikeouts.

After DeJuneas entered with runners on second and third and nobody out in the top of the eighth, the Charlotte native got two quick outs, one of which scored a runner credited to Adler. After a walk, UNCG plated another run with a single into right, once again credited to Adler. DeJuneas escaped the jam on another run-scoring single, but the final out came at the plate. After the rally in the bottom of the frame, DeJuneas returned to shut down the Spartans, only giving up a two-out single in the ninth to secure the win.

Entering the eighth with a 4-2 deficit, the Pack got the ball rolling on the comeback quickly. After a Shane Shepard fly-out, Evan Mendoza, Stephen Pitarra, Brock Deatherage, and McLain each reached bases with singles. McLain’s base hit plated Mendoza to cut the deficit to one. Preston Palmeiro flew out to put Andrew Knizner at the plate with two outs and the bases loaded.

Knizner hit a slow roller toward the right-center gap, but the throw to first was too high, sending Deatherage and Xavier LeGrant, pinch-running for Pitarra, to the plate to give the Pack the lead. The throwing error set up Chance for his three-run bomb that concluded the scoring.

NC State will return to action on Wednesday against UNC-Wilmington. First pitch is slated for 3 pm.

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