NC State and Coastal Carolina met Sunday evening to decide who will advance to the Super Regionals, but the teams will need another day at Doak Field at Dail Park to finish their contest.
Play was suspended with the Chanticleers threatening with the bases loaded and one out in the inning. State led with two outs remaining, 5-3.
Brian Brown got the call to start for the Wolfpack on three days’ rest. He pitched four innings and gave up three runs, though only two were earned, on seven hits and two walks while striking out one Coastal batter. Travis Orwig followed and held the Chanticleers hitless in 1-1/3 innings, dealing two strikeouts and walking a pair.
Austin Staley relieved Orwig and hurled an inning, only surrendering a hit while striking out a batter. Cody Beckman added 1-2/3 innings of work, striking out four and walking two. Tommy DeJuneas came on to retire one batter before getting relieved by Evan Brabrand who surrendered a single before the delay.
After a two-run home run in the top of the first inning by Coastal shortstop Michael Owings, the Pack cut the lead with a run in the bottom of the second. Joe Dunand started the frame by legging out an infield single. Brock Deatherage bunted Dunand to second on a play in which the former was questionably called out at first. Andrew Knizner drove Dunand in with a single through the right side.
The Chanticleers plated another run in the top of the fourth, but State retaliated with a run of its own in the bottom half. Chance Shepard lined a two-out double into center and moved to third in the next at-bat on a balk. Josh McLain doubled down the left-field line to plate Shepard, cutting Coastal’s lead to one.
The Pack took the lead with two runs in the sixth inning. Brett Kinneman started the inning with a double. Shepard walked followed by McLain reaching on a fielding error to load the bases. After Stephen Pitarra hit into a fielder’s choice in which Kinneman was forced out at home, Shepard scored on what would have been an inning-ending double play, but Evan Mendoza beat the throw to first to keep the Pack alive. Preston Palmeiro drove McLain home with a single in the next at-bat.
State added an insurance run in the eighth. McLain got hit by a pitch and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Pitarra. Mendoza then singled into center, plating McLain.
The Pack and the Chanticleers will resume play Tuesday at 2 pm. The winner will advance to the Super Regionals to take on the winner of the matchup between Rice and LSU.