Game 1: NC State 8, Indiana State 3 [Box score]
No. 13 NC State (14-4, 1-2 ACC) dominated Indiana State (10-6) Tuesday evening at Doak Field at Dail Park, 8-3.
Ryan Williamson (3-0, 2.70) started for the Wolfpack and hurled five innings of two-hit ball. He gave up two runs but struck out four Sycamores and walked three en route to the win.
Austin Staley, Chris Williams, and Sean Adler pitched the rest of the way for State. The trio combined to give up one run on six hits while striking out two and walking two in three innings of work.
Joe Dunand led the Pack offensively, finishing 3-for-4 on the evening with a double, two runs batted in, and two runs scored.
After Indiana State scored in the top of the first inning with a solo home run by Andy Young, NC State tied the score in the bottom of the second. In his first collegiate at-bat, Storm Edwards knocked an RBI single into left field, plating Dunand from second base.
The score remained tied at a run apiece until the fourth when the Pack exploded with seven runs. Shane Shepard led off the inning with a triple and scored on an RBI single from Dunand. Evan Mendoza singled to put runners on the corners for Tommy DeJuneas who reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Dunand. Mendoza, who was safe on the fielder’s choice because on a fielding error, reached home on a single from Josh McLain.
Two batters later, Andrew Knizner reached on a fielding error that sent DeJuneas and McLain home to score. Chance Shepard plated Brock Deatherage in the next at-bat with a fielder’s choice and scored on an RBI double from Dunand.
Game 2: Indiana State 11, NC State 7 [Box score]
In the final game of the two-game midweek series, NC State (14-5, 1-2) dropped its matchup against Indiana State (11-6) Wednesday afternoon, 11-7.
Cory Wilder (0-1, 7.71 ERA) picked up the loss after surrendering six runs in 3-1/3 innings on the mound. He struck out one batter while giving up six hits and three walks. Cody Beckman followed, facing five batters without recording an out. Beckman gave up three hits and hit two batters before giving way to Williams.
After pitching two innings the day before, Williams shut down the Sycamores, only surrendering three hits and striking out two in 1-2/3 innings on the mound. Will Gilbert, Karl Keglovits, Travis Orwig, and Kyle Smith finished the rest of the way for State. The four hurlers combined to give up two runs on four hits while striking out five and walking two.
Stephen Pitarra’s 3-for-5 performance sparked the offense for the Pack. State also got multi-hit performances from Knizner (2-for-4 with two RBI), Preston Palmeiro (2-for-5 with and RBI and his eighth double of the season), and Mendoza (2-for-5 with two runs scored).
The Sycamores took the lead early, scoring two runs in the second inning and one run in the third. State responded with two runs in the bottom of the third before Indiana State plated six runs in the top of the fourth. NC State’s offense put runs on the board in the third, fourth, fifth, and seventh innings, but the runs in the seventh and ninth innings for the Sycamores sealed the loss for the Pack.
NC State will return to action Friday at 6:30 pm to host Notre Dame in the first game of a three-game series. The Fighting Irish will be looking for its first conference win after getting swept by Louisville last weekend.