After trailing by as much as five runs, Notre Dame comes back to pick up the win in the series opener against NC State.
NC State (26-7, 11-5 ACC) dropped its fourth straight series opener as Notre Dame (15-19, 6-10 ACC) took the win Friday evening at Doak Field, 12-8.
Graduate student right-handed pitcher Johnny Piedmonte started on the mound and gave up two runs in three innings of work. After freshman left-hander Nick Swiney loaded the bases without recording an out, getting charged with three runs for his efforts, redshirt junior righty Nolan Clenney followed with 1-2/3 innings. Clenney surrendered three runs and struck out three during his tenure.
Sophomore southpaw Kent Klyman (3-1, 2.30 ERA) pitched the rest of the way for the Pack, taking the loss. The Williamsburg, Va. native allowed four runs on five hits and struck out four in his 4-1/3 frames of work.
Senior center fielder Josh McLain wasted no time in putting the Wolfpack ahead as he drilled the first pitch he saw over the wall to start the bottom of the first. Junior left fielder Brett Kinneman followed with a single into right field. Sophomore shortstop Will Wilson doubled into left-center to bring junior first baseman Evan Edwards to bat with two runners in scoring position.
Edwards took advantage of the opportunity by hitting a sacrifice fly to right, plating Kinneman. Freshman catcher Patrick Bailey singled to move Wilson to third. Wilson scored in the next at-bat on an errant pickoff attempt to first.
The Fighting Irish cut away at the deficit with solo home runs in the second and third innings before the Pack plated four runs in the bottom of the third.
Edwards started the frame off by reaching third on a fielding error. Bailey doubled to drive him home. After a walk to senior second baseman Stephen Pitarra, senior right fielder Brock Deatherage hit a three-run bomb over the wall in straightaway center.
Notre Dame struck back with six runs in the top of the fourth to take the one-run lead. The Pack managed to tie the game with a run in the bottom of the fifth.
Freshman designated hitter Terrell Tatum reached base on a one-out walk and advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. After another walk, McLain singled into left field to drive Tatum home. However, Notre Dame would score three runs in the top of the seventh and added an insurance run in the ninth, sealing the win.
NC State’s series with Notre Dame will conclude Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.