Deatherage homers and scores twice as the Pack wins its second game over a top-five team.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — NC State (20-17, 8-10 ACC) managed to prevent No. 5 UNC-Chapel Hill (29-7, 14-4 ACC) from handing the Wolfpack its first sweep as State took the win Sunday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium, 4-2.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Michael Bienlien started on the mound for the Wolfpack and gave up two runs in four innings of work. The Chesapeake, Va. native struck out one Tar Heel batter while allowing four hits and three walks.
Redshirt senior right-hander Johnny Piedmonte (3-0, ERA) picked up the win after coming in to relieve Bienlien. The Davidson, N.C. native pitched five shutout innings with four strikeouts while holding UNC to four hits and a walk.
The Pack struck first in the top of the third with a solo home run by junior right fielder Brock Deatherage, his second of the season. State tacked on another run in the fourth. Junior center fielder Josh McLain reached on a one-out single and advanced to third two batters later on a single by junior third baseman Evan Mendoza. After Mendoza baited a throw to second on an attempted stolen base, McLain scored on a UNC error.
State padded its lead with two more runs in the top of the fifth. After a strikeout to start the inning, junior catcher Andy Cosgrove and Deatherage reached on back-to-back singles. Junior first baseman Stephen Pitarra followed with a walk to load the bases. Freshman second baseman Will Wilson plated Cosgrove with a single into left before McLain drew a walk to plate Deatherage.
The Heels managed to load the bases in the home half of the fifth and drove in two runs on a single by center fielder Brian Miller. UNC would load the bases again in the sixth, but Piedmonte worked out of the jam as the Heels would be held scoreless for the rest of the game.
NC State will return to action Friday as the Wolfpack travels to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to take on Boston College. First pitch is set for 2:30 pm.