Maryland capitalizes on poor NC State pitching to upset the top-10 Pack team.
CARY, N.C. — No. 6 NC State (5-5) fell behind early and could not recover as the Wolfpack would falter against Maryland (3-5) Saturday evening at the USA Baseball Complex, 9-2.
Senior right-handed pitcher Cory Wilder (0-1, 4.50 ERA) got the start for the Wolfpack and left the game without recording an out. He allowed two runs on one hit and three walks before giving way to redshirt sophomore righty Austin Staley.
Staley threw 3-1/3 innings, a career high for the North Wilkesboro, N.C. native, and gave up three runs on three hits and a walk while striking out two Terrapins.
Freshman left-hander Kent Klyman followed Staley and threw a career-high 3-1/3 innings. The Jamestown, Va. native gave up three runs, only one earned, on two hits and three walks while recording three strikeouts. Senior righty Joe O’Donnell finished the rest of the way with 1-1/3 innings on the rubber, credited with a run on two hits.
The Pack’s only multi-hit performance came off of the bat of freshman designated hitter Brad Debo. The Orange HS product finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI. Junior first baseman Shane Shepard also provided offense for the stagnant State team with his second home run of the season. The Wilmington, N.C. product finished 1-for-3 at the dish.
State’s first run came in the top of the sixth which started with a bean ball to freshman second baseman Will Wilson. After advancing to second on a wild pitch, Wilson moved to third on a groundout by junior third baseman Evan Mendoza. Debo followed by grounding out to first, allowing Wilson to score. State wouldn’t score again until the seventh when Shepard drilled a 1-0 pitch over the wall in right field.
The Wolfpack will return to action to round out the Irish Classic with a home matchup against UMass Lowell. First pitch from Doak Field is slated for 1 pm.