Pack Falls on Road to Heels

UNC hits two home runs off of Wolfpack pitching en route to the win, ending State’s winning streak.

Daniel Wilson

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — NC State (19-16, 7-9 ACC) took a three-game winning streak into Chapel Hill, but despite taking the lead in the sixth, the Wolfpack faltered against No. 5 UNC-Chapel Hill (28-6, 13-3 ACC) Friday evening at Boshamer Stadium, 7-2.

Senior left-handed pitcher Sean Adler started on the mound for the Wolfpack and hurled 5-2/3 innings. The Northridge, Calif. native gave up two runs on six hits while striking out four Tar Heel batters.

Redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Austin Staley relieved Adler and gave up three runs in 2/3 inning of work before redshirt junior left-hander Cody Beckman was called in to slow the UNC offense.

Beckman pitched 2/3 inning and only surrendered a base hit before senior righty Cory Wilder entered to pitch the eighth. Wilder gave up two runs on two hits while striking out one batter in his lone inning on the mound.

The Pack entered the sixth inning without a hit, but State’s bats came alive that inning to drive in the game’s first run. Junior first baseman Stephen Pitarra reached base on a one-out single and moved to second on a groundout. Junior center fielder Josh McLain delivered with a single into right-center field to plate Pitarra.

UNC third baseman Kyle Datres gave the Heels the lead in the home half of the sixth with a two-run home run off of Adler. Three more Carolina runs came in the bottom of the seventh on singles by center fielder Brian Miller and shortstop Logan Warmoth and a groundout by designated hitter Ashton McGee.

The Heels drove in two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth thanks to a two-run homer off the bat of UNC catcher Cody Roberts.

The Wolfpack attempted a rally in the top of the ninth. Freshman designated hitter Brad Debo led off with a single before junior third baseman Evan Mendoza reached on a fielder’s choice in which Debo was safe at second on an error. Junior shortstop Joe Dunand was hit by a pitch to load the bases for sophomore left fielder Brett Kinneman who plated Debo with a groundout to conclude the Pack’s scoring.

NC State and UNC will continue its series Saturday afternoon from Boshamer. First pitch is slated for 4 pm.

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