NC State can’t hold onto its early lead as UNC pulls ahead late to win the second game.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — NC State (19-17, 7-10 ACC) drops its second straight game as No. 5 UNC-Chapel Hill (29-6, 14-3 ACC) takes its fifth straight ACC series with the win over the Wolfpack Saturday at Boshamer Stadium, 7-1.
Junior left-handed pitcher Brian Brown (1-1, 3.54 ERA) got the call to start and pitched five innings for the Wolfpack. The Glenmoore, Pa. native gave up three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out three Tar Heel batters before getting replaced by junior right-hander Tommy DeJuneas.
DeJuneas pitched the next 2-2/3 innings before freshman southpaw Kent Klyman entered to record the last out. DeJuneas gave up four runs, only two earned, on six hits and two walks.
The Pack jumped on the scoreboard early with a run in the top of the second. Sophomore left fielder Brett Kinneman reached base with a one-out double into the right-field corner. Two batters later, junior right fielder Brock Deatherage singled to drive in the game’s first run. The Heels would answer with a run of their own in the home half of the second on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by UNC catcher Brandon Martorano.
UNC took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the sixth off of an RBI triple by right fielder Brandon Riley, a sacrifice fly by first baseman Cody Roberts, and a single by pinch-hitter Michael Busch. The Tar Heels pushed another run across in the bottom of the seventh on a wild pitch from DeJuneas.
The game’s scoring concluded as the Heels drove in two insurance runs in the eighth on a single by shortstop Logan Warmoth.
NC State will look to avoid the sweep Sunday afternoon from Boshamer Stadium. First pitch is set for 2 pm.