The Wolfpack wins the first two games of its series with Miami but falls short on Sunday.
RALEIGH, N.C. — NC State (12-9, 3-3 ACC) hosted Miami (9-11, 3-3 ACC) at Doak Field for a three-game series and came away with wins on Friday and Saturday before the Hurricanes defeated the Wolfpack on Sunday.
Game 1: NC State 5, Miami 3
After the Hurricanes tied the game at three with two solo home runs in the top of the eighth inning, junior first baseman Shane Shepard drove in the go-ahead runs in the bottom half of the frame with a two-run double into left-center field to secure the Wolfpack’s 5-3 win.
Redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Austin Staley (1-0, 2.25 ERA) picked up the win after blowing the save opportunity with the homers to Johnny Ruiz and Romy Gonzalez. He only gave up one more hit and struck out two en route to the victory.
NC State started the scoring in the second. After leading off with a single, junior third baseman Evan Mendoza reached second base on a wild pitch before moving to third on a groundout. The Sarasota, Fla. native reached home on a wild pitch during the next at-bat.
After the Canes got on the scoreboard with a sacrifice fly in the top of the third, the game would remain tied until the bottom of the sixth. After freshman second baseman Will Wilson started the inning with a double, junior shortstop Joe Dunand plated him two batters later with a single through the left side. Two batters after that, Dunand came home on an RBI single by freshman designated hitter Brad Debo.
Following Miami’s two home runs, Dunand reached base in the bottom of the eighth with a one-out walk. Mendoza followed with a single before a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third. After a walk to load the bases, Shepard came through with his two-bagger, plating Dunand and Mendoza.
Game 2: NC State 5, Miami 2
The Wolfpack fought through two weather delays Saturday evening, but State found a way to take the win over Miami, 5-2.
Junior left-handed pitcher Brian Brown started for the Pack and left after the rain had subsided, finishing with three strikeouts while only giving up a hit and a walk in three shutout innings. Junior right-handed pitcher and designated hitter Tommy DeJuneas (2-0, 2.70 ERA) pitched three innings of work to pick up the win. The Charlotte, N.C. native gave up a run on three hits and a walk while striking out two.
Following redshirt southpaw Cody Beckman’s 2-1/3-inning performance in which the lefty surrendered another Hurricane run, Staley came in with one out in the ninth to secure his fourth save of the season.
After Miami plated the game’s first run in the top of the fifth, the Pack took the lead in the bottom half of the frame. Junior catcher Andy Cosgrove reached base with a one-out single before junior right fielder Brock Deatherage drew a walk. Junior center fielder Josh McLain followed by plating Cosgrove with a double down the left-field line. Deatherage scored in the next at-bat on a wild pitch, giving State the advantage.
Cosgrove would score another run for the Pack in the seventh inning. Following a lead0ff groundout, the Kirkland, Wash. native doubled to put himself in scoring position. Deatherage came to bat next and drove Cosgrove in with a single into right field. McLain followed with a single before Wilson tripled to drive in Deatherage and McLain.
Game 3: Miami 7, NC State 5
Looking to avoid the sweep, Miami took advantage of poor Pack pitching and three defensive errors to win Sunday’s contest over NC State, 7-5.
Freshman righty Dalton Feeney (2-1, 4.20 ERA) started on the mound and picked up the loss after getting chased in the second inning. The Bismarck, N.D. native gave up four runs, only three earned, on three hits and three walks in 1-1/3 innings. Junior right-hander Evan Brabrand picked up where Feeney left off and gave up two runs on one hit in an inning on the bump.
Freshman lefty Kent Klyman, juni0r righty Zach Usselman, and freshman righty Michael Bienlien pitched the next 3-2/3 innings with the trio combining to allow one unearned run on two hits and two walks.
Senior right-handed pitcher Joe O’Donnell came in to throw the final three innings. The Wilmington, N.C. native faced 10 batters, walked only one of them, and struck out five in a dominant relief performance.
The Pack struck first with a two-run home run by Dunand in the bottom of the first after Mendoza reached base with a two-out single. After Miami tacked on all seven of its runs between the second and third innings, the Pack added two more runs in the fifth. Deatherage led off with a walk, advancing to second on a groundout. Wilson followed by reaching on a Hurricane error, allowing Deatherage to score. With Wilson on third following the Miami miscue, Mendoza grounded out to third to drive him home.
NC State’s final run came in the home half of the seventh. McLain kept the inning alive with a two-out single. Wilson stepped to the plate and drilled a double down the right-field line to drive McLain home.
The Pack had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth with a runner on first and nobody out, but two hard-hit balls to left field were snagged on tough defensive plays by Miami’s James Davison, snuffing out the State rally.
With the series win, the Wolfpack will return to action on Tuesday against Campbell with first pitch set for 6 pm. After that, State will host undefeated No. 4 Louisville for a three-game series starting Friday at 6:30 pm.