McLain’s strong showing not enough as the Pack loses its second straight contest.
No. 6 NC State (5-4) opened its weekend in the USA Baseball Irish Classic with a loss against Rhode Island (4-4) at Doak Field Friday afternoon, 5-2.
Senior pitcher Sean Adler (2-1, 3.12 ERA) picked up the loss against the Rams after surrendering five runs on five hits and three walks. The Northridge, Calif. native struck out six URI batters in a career-high seven innings of work.
State turned to junior righty Evan Brabrand to finish the day on the mound. He shut out the Rams in two innings of work, only allowing three hits and a walk while striking out three.
Junior center fielder Josh McLain led the Wolfpack offensive with a 3-for-4 performance. The Hiddenite, N.C. native knocked a double and a home run against the Rams with an RBI and a run.
The Rams plated two runs in the top of the second before State scored its first run in the bottom of the third. After two quick outs, McLain drilled a line drive that carried over the left-field wall for his first home run of the season.
Rhode Island extended its lead in the top of the sixth with a three-run bomb off the bat of Mike Corin, but the Pack trimmed the deficit with a run in the home half of the frame. McLain reached on a bunt single followed by a walk to freshman second baseman Will Wilson. Junior third baseman Evan Mendoza reached on a double play to shortstop that resulted in McLain and Wilson getting out before junior Joe Dunand drilled an RBI triple off the wall in left field.
The Wolfpack returns to action Saturday at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, N.C. as State takes on Maryland at 4:30 pm.