Adler, Deatherage Shine in Wolfpack’s Home Opener

The Wolfpack coasted to victory over the Governors thanks to strong showings from Adler and Deatherage.

Daniel Wilson

RALEIGH, NC — NC State (3-1) opened its home schedule with a strong win over Austin Peay (3-2) Friday afternoon at Doak Field, 9-3.

Senior left-handed pitcher Sean Adler (2-0, 0.87 ERA) dominated the Governors in 5-1/3 innings of work, striking out a career-high 10 batters while only giving up a run on six hits. Adler’s only major miscue came in the top of the fourth when the southpaw surrendered a solo home run to his Austin Peay pitching counterpart Alex Robles (1-1, 6.00 ERA).

Junior right fielder Brock Deatherage catalyzed the Wolfpack’s offense with a 4-for-4 performance, epitomized with a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning. The Burlington native also hit two doubles, drove in three runs, and scored twice against Austin Peay.

Sophomore left fielder Brett Kinneman also added to State’s cause with a 1-for-4 performance with a three-run home run in the sixth. He finished with four RBI and a run scored on the afternoon.

After Deatherage led off the home half of the first with a double into left-center field, Kinneman plated him two plays later with a groundout to first.

After two quick outs to start the second, junior center fielder Josh McLain kept the inning alive with a single. Deatherage sent the next pitch from Robles over the wall in right for his first home run of the season.

McLain became the beneficiary of another run-scoring hit from Deatherage in the fourth inning. After reaching on a fielder’s choice, the Hiddenite native came around to score on Deatherage’s second double of the afternoon.

Kinneman flexed his muscles in the home half of the sixth following leadoff singles from McLain and Deatherage. After freshman second baseman Will Wilson flew out to move McLain to third, the York, Penn. native cleared the wall in right-center for his second homer of 2017.

State’s scoring concluded in the seventh with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Wilson and an RBI fielder’s choice by junior third baseman Evan Mendoza.

The Pack and the Governors will continue their series Saturday afternoon at 2 pm.

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