No. 12 NC State (23-9, 8-5 ACC) concluded its series with Wake Forest (19-15, 5-10 ACC) with a dominating victory Monday night at Doak Field at Dail Park, 6-1.
“It’s hard to sweep anybody in college baseball, and it’s really hard to sweep conference teams with how good the conference is from top to bottom,” head coach Elliott Avent said. “After two comeback wins on Friday and Saturday, we played extremely well tonight.”
Brock Deatherage led the way offensively for the team, finishing 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, two RBI, a stolen base, and a run. Josh McLain and Preston Palmeiro also had multi-hit games for the Wolfpack. McLain was 2-for-5 with a run while Palmeiro was 2-for 4 with two RBI and a run.
“We knew we had a sweep in front of us,” Deatherage said. “We played well as a team overall, and we couldn’t ask for anything else better.”
Ryan Williamson (6-0, 2.27 ERA) held the Demon Deacons hitless for six innings before giving up a leadoff single in the seventh. He gave up the lone Wake run in 6-2/3 innings on the mound, picking up the win after striking out six batters while giving up four hits and five walks.
“I didn’t even really know I had a no-hitter at that point,” Williamson said. “Hats off to [Wake Forest’s] Will Craig. He’s one heck of a player and one of the best in the country. I felt good tonight. I had really good command of the fastball despite my walks, and I’ve got seven guys behind me that I can count on.”
Tommy DeJuneas and Will Gilbert finished the way on the mound for the Pack. DeJuneas worked 1-2/3 innings, only giving up a hit and two walks while striking out two. Gilbert pitched the final 2/3 inning to seal the win for State.
“Tommy and Will are essentially the same guy tonight,” Avent said. “One’s left-handed, and one’s right-handed. They do different things, but they’re the same guy to us.”
The Pack plated its first run in the bottom of the first inning. McLain hit a one-out double and moved to third on a single from Andrew Knizner. Palmeiro singled in the next at-bat to drive McLain home.
State added another run in the next inning. Brett Kinneman led off the frame with a double into center field. Two batters later, Ryne Willard hit a sacrifice fly to right field to send Kinneman to the plate.
Another Pack run crossed the plate in the fifth. Deatherage and McLain started the inning with back-to-back infield singles. The duo tagged and advanced to second and third on a pop-out by Knizner. Palmeiro followed with a groundout to first, driving in Deatherage.
The Wolfpack added three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth. Palmeiro led off the inning with a single. Three batters later, Kinneman drew a two-out walk. Evan Mendoza followed with an RBI single, scoring Palmeiro. Willard walked to load the bases. Deatherage followed with a two-run double to left-center field. Kinneman and Mendoza scored on the play.
NC State has won seven of its last eight games and will return to action on Tuesday as the team travels to face Elon at 6:30 pm.