Game 1: Boston College 7, NC State 0 [Box score]
In the first game against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent, No. 8 NC State (12-3, 0-1 ACC) was shut down against Boston College (11-2, 1-0) Friday afternoon at Doak Field at Dail Park, 7-0. The loss snapped the team’s nine-game winning streak.
Joe O’Donnell (2-1, 3.32 ERA) picked up the loss after six innings on the mound. Though he surrendered all seven runs, only two were earned. The Wilmington, N.C. native allowed nine hits and struck out five Eagles while walking only two.
The Wolfpack struggled defensively with four errors on the afternoon. Joe Dunand was credited with three of them, botching leadoff grounders in the first, fourth, and fifth innings. Though harmless in the first, the errors cost State two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth. O’Donnell also recorded an error in the fifth.
Brock Deatherage was the only Pack batter to have a multi-hit performance, finishing 2-for-4 at the plate. Preston Palmeiro and Andrew Knizner finished 1-for-3 and 1-for-4, respectively, with each contributing a double to the State offense.
Game 2: NC State 3, Boston College 2 [Box score]
NC State (13-3, 1-1) recovered from its shutout Friday to take the win over Boston College (11-3, 1-1) Saturday afternoon, 3-2.
Brian Brown (2-0, 3.38 ERA) picked up the win after 6-2/3 innings of work. He surrendered both BC runs on five hits while striking out nine and walking one. Will Gilbert followed with two shutout innings, striking out two and allowing two hits, before giving way to Tommy DeJuneas. DeJuneas struck out the final batter to record his fourth save of the season.
The Wolfpack wasted no time putting runs on the board. With one out in the bottom of the first, Knizner launched a home run over the left field wall, his third home run of the season. Knizner finished 2-for-4 at the plate.
After the Eagles plated two runs in the top of the third, State answered with two runs of its own in the bottom half of the frame. Josh McLain and Deatherage led off the inning with a single and a hit-by-pitch, respectively. Three batters later, Chance Shepard plated both of them with a double into left-center field. Shepard ended the day with a 2-for-4 performance overall.
Game 3: Boston College 1, NC State 0 [Box score]
In a game that was decided by both teams’ pitching staffs, NC State (13-4, 1-2) dropped its series finale to Boston College (12-3, 2-1) Sunday afternoon, 1-0.
Johnny Piedmonte (0-2, 3.38) hurled six strikeouts in 5-1/3 innings on the mound and only gave up two hits and two walks. However, he left in the top of the sixth with runners on the corners. His successor, Kyle Smith, walked the next two batters to push the Eagles’ lone run across the plate, credited to Piedmonte.
Cody Beckman and DeJuneas pitched the final 3-2/3 innings, combining for four strikeouts, one walk, and one hit.
The Wolfpack started to rally in the bottom of the ninth with leadoff singles from Stephen Pitarra and McLain. Deatherage followed with a walk to load the bases, but the Eagles cycled three different pitchers, John Nicklas, Dan Metzdorf, and Bobby Skogsbergh, to retire Knizner, Palmeiro, and Shepard in order.
NC State will return to action against Indiana State on Tuesday and Wednesday at Doak Field at Dail Park before opening up a three-game series against Notre Dame starting Friday. Tuesday’s game will start at 6 pm, Wednesday’s will start at 3 pm, and Friday’s game will begin at 6:30 pm.