Cardinals Crush Wolfpack in Series Finale

Top-ranked Louisville holds NC State scoreless through the first eight innings to defeat the Pack.

Daniel Wilson

RALEIGH, N.C. — NC State (13-12, 4-5 ACC) falls in the final game in its three-game series against No. 1 Louisville (21-2, 8-1 ACC) Sunday afternoon at Doak Field, 8-1.

The Cardinals sent freshman left-handed pitcher Nick Bennett (3-0, 0.69 ERA) to the mound to start, and he set the tone of the game early by striking out four while only allowing three hits in five shutout innings, picking up the win.

Despite only seven runs as a team, State had two players with multi-hit performances. Sophomore left fielder and catcher Jack Conley was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and a run scored. Junior first baseman Stephen Pitarra finished 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

Senior right-handed pitcher Cory Wilder (0-2, 8.59 ERA) got the call to start for the Wolfpack and was credited with the loss after giving up four runs in three innings. The Lima, Ohio native struck out five and gave up five hits and a walk. Two of the five hits were solo home runs off the bats of Drew Ellis and Devin Mann. Redshirt junior left-hander Cody Beckman followed and gave up two runs on three hits in 2/3 of an inning.

Junior righty Tommy DeJuneas hurled the next 4-1/3 innings and only surrendered two runs, one earned, on five hits while tossing two Ks. Junior right-hander Zach Usselman finished the rest of the way with two strikeouts in his lone inning of work.

The Pack’s lone run came in the bottom of the ninth inning. Conley led off the frame by getting hit by a pitch. He moved to second on a groundout before Pitarra drove him in with a double down the right-field line.

NC State will return to action Tuesday as the Wolfpack will travel to Charlotte to face the 49ers at BB&T Ballpark. The rematch of the March 1st contest, in which State lost by one run, is set to begin at 6:30 pm.

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