NC State holds on to defeat Florida State after a nine-run loss Friday night

Daniel Wilson

RALEIGH, N.C. — NC State (17-15, 6-8 ACC) took the lead in the bottom of the first inning and secured a win over No. 22 Florida State (21-12, 7-7 ACC) Saturday evening at Doak Field, 4-3.

After dropping Friday’s contest against the Seminoles by nine runs, the Wolfpack relied on the bats of junior third baseman Evan Mendoza and freshman catcher Brad Debo to propel State to victory.

Mendoza and Debo each finished the game 2-for-4 with a home run. Mendoza had three runs driven in while Debo had one.

Junior left-handed pitcher Brian Brown (1-0, 3.13 ERA) picked up the win after striking out five FSU batters in 6-1/3 innings on the mound. He surrendered two runs on four hits and four walks.

Junior right-hander Tommy DeJuneas and redshirt sophomore righty Austin Staley pitched the next two innings before redshirt junior southpaw Cody Beckman closed out the top of the ninth by inducing a game-ending double-play, giving the Tampa, Fla. native his first save of 2017.

The Pack got the scoring started early with three runs in the first courtesy of Mendoza’s homer. Junior designated hitter Stephen Pitarra led off with a single up the middle. Two batters later, junior center fielder Josh McLain drew a walk. After a strikeout, Mendoza fouled off four consecutive pitches before cranking the 1-2 pitch over the wall in left for his second bomb of the season.

Debo led off the fourth inning with a solo shot off the scoreboard in right-center field, his third homer of the year.

Florida State drove in its first run in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by second baseman Matt Henderson. Two innings later, Seminole pinch-hitter Rhett Aplin came in with a runner on base after DeJuneas entered the game and welcomed the Charlotte, N.C. native with a two-run homer cutting the Pack’s lead to one.

DeJuneas walked FSU right fielder Nick Derr before Staley entered the game. The North Wilkesboro, N.C. right-hander walked Seminole first baseman Drew Mendoza before forcing a pop-out in foul territory. Beckman succeeded Staley to face Aplin who grounded into the decisive twin-killing.

The Wolfpack concludes its series with the Seminoles Sunday afternoon at Doak Field. First pitch is set for 1 pm.

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