State Clips Eagles to Start ACC Championship

After getting swept in April, the Pack exactsĀ its revenge with an ACC Tournament win over Boston College.

Daniel Wilson

LOUISVILLE, KY — No. 7-seed NC State (34-22) opens pool play in the 2017 ACC Championship Tournament with a win over 11-seed Boston College (25-27) Tuesday afternoon at Louisville Slugger Field, 6-1.

Redshirt senior right-handed pitcher Johnny Piedmonte (7-0, 1.87 ERA) started for the Wolfpack and pitched five innings and only gave up one run to remain undefeated on the year. The Davidson, N.C. native struck out three Eagle batters and surrendered six hits and two walks before getting pulled in the sixth.

Senior left-hander Sean Adler picked up where Piedmonte left off and shut down Boston College in four innings of work to earn his third save of the season.

The Pack pounced on the Eagles right out of the gate with three consecutive singles by junior first baseman Stephen Pitarra, junior center fielder Josh McLain, and freshman designated hitter Brad Debo to start the bottom of the first inning.

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North Carolina State outfielder Brett Kinneman (6) rounds the bases after a home run during game two of the 2017 ACC Baseball Tournament in Louisville, KY, Tuesday, May. 23, 2017. (Photo By Timothy D. Easley, theACC.com)

Two batters later, sophomore left fielder Brett Kinneman grounded out to BC starter Jacob Stevens (5-7, 5.17 ERA) to drive Pitarra home. Freshman second baseman Will Wilson followed with a single into right field that scored McLain and Debo.

Boston College managed to drive a run home in the top of the sixth on a bases-loaded double play. State responded with three more runs in the bottom of the seventh. Debo reached on a two-out single followed by a walk to junior shortstop Joe Dunand before Kinneman drilled a three-run home run over the wall in right, his ninth of the season.

The Wolfpack returns to action Friday against No. 2-seed UNC and, with a win, will advance to the semifinal round on Saturday. Friday’s game is currently set for 7 pm.

 

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