NC State upsets top-ranked Louisville to start the three-game series.

Daniel Wilson

RALEIGH, N.C. — NC State (13-10, 4-3 ACC) began its series against No. 1 Louisville (19-2, 6-1 ACC) with a commanding victory Friday evening at Doak Field, 3-1.

Senior left-handed pitcher Sean Adler (3-2, 3.41 ERA) held the Cardinals’ offense in check, only allowing a run in 5-2/3 innings on the mound. The Northridge, Calif. native struck out seven batters while holding Louisville to four hits and two walks.

State sent senior right-hander Joe O’Donnell to the rubber to pitch the final 3-1/3 innings. The Wilmington, N.C. native picked up the save after holding the Cards to three hits while striking out five en route to the save.

Cardinal junior left-hander Brendan McKay (4-1, 1.12 ERA) picked up the loss for Louisville after giving up all three NC State runs in seven innings. The Darlington, Pa. native struck out 14 Wolfpack batters in the defeat.

The NC State offense was held to only six hits. The only multi-hit effort came off of the bat of junior center fielder Josh McLain. The Hiddenite, N.C. native was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double in the win.

The Pack started the scoring in the bottom of the first. Junior first baseman Stephen Pitarra led off with an infield single. After moving into scoring position on a wild pitch, he scored on a double by freshman designated hitter Brad Debo. Junior third baseman Evan Mendoza plated Debo with a double into left-center but was thrown out attempting to stretch the hit to a triple.

Junior catcher Andy Cosgrove tacked on the Pack’s final run in the fifth with a solo home run over the wall in left, his second of the season.

The Wolfpack will return to action Saturday afternoon for the second game of its set with the Cardinals. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.

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