After dropping Friday’s contest versus Notre Dame, NC State wins both Saturday games for the Pack’s sixth straight ACC series win this year.
NC State (28-7, 13-5 ACC) found no shortage of offense Saturday afternoon as the Wolfpack took both games of a doubleheader against Notre Dame (15-21, 6-12 ACC) at Doak Field to win the series.
Game 1: NC State 12, Notre Dame 2
Senior left-handed pitcher Brian Brown (5-0, 1.09 ERA) tossed a complete game in the opening contest of Saturday’s pair as the Wolfpack cruised in its 10-run victory.
Brown allowed both Fighting Irish runs, though only one was earned, in his nine frames of work. He also struck out eight batters while only allowing eight hits and two walks.
Freshman designated hitter Terrell Tatum catalyzed State’s offense as he finished 3-for-3 at the plate with a career-high five runs batted in. Junior first baseman Evan Edwards also chipped in with a home run and three RBI to go along with a 2-for-2 clip.
State plated a run in the first inning off an RBI single by freshman catcher Patrick Bailey. Two innings later, Notre Dame tied the game at 1-1 before the Pack added two more runs. Sophomore shortstop Will Wilson drove junior left fielder Brett Kinneman home with a single before coming home on a single by Tatum.
The Wolfpack padded its run in the fifth with three runs in the inning. Bailey doubled to plate Edwards and later scored on a Tatum sacrifice fly. Shortly thereafter, senior second baseman Stephen Pitarra singled to drive senior right fielder Brock Deatherage in.
Six more runs came in for the Pack one inning later. Edwards launched a three-run bomb, driving Wilson and Kinneman home in the process. Tatum drove Deatherage and Bailey home with a single later in the inning but got thrown out trying to extend the hit into a double.
Tatum struck once more in the eighth with a single to plate freshman pinch-runner Devonte Brown to cap off NC State’s scoring in game one.
Game 2: NC State 13, Notre Dame 5
Wilson aided the Wolfpack’s win in the bottom half of the doubleheader with two home runs as State decimated the Fighting Irish, 13-5.
Sophomore right-hander Michael Bienlien (3-2, 5.04 ERA) picked up the win after five innings of work. The Chesapeake, Va. native allowed four runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out four Irish batters.
Junior righty Reid Johnston and redshirt senior righty Joe O’Donnell finished the rest of the way and gave up one run between them. O’Donnell struck out four batters as he picked up his seventh save of the season.
Wilson ended the second game 2-for-5 at the plate, but he added four RBI to go with his two homers. Redshirt sophomore third baseman Dillon Cooper finished 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI. Deatherage contributed a home run to the Pack’s cause as well as he was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Deatherage’s homer kicked off the scoring in the second inning as he drove Edwards in on the four-bagger to give the Pack an early 2-0 lead. Tatum singled and scored on a wild pitch after moving to third on a Cooper single.
The Pack pushed ahead in the third with six more runs in the third. After a leadoff walk to Kinneman, Wilson homered. After singles by Bailey and Deatherage, freshman second baseman J.T. Jarrett reached on a bunt single to drive Bailey home. Cooper plated Deatherage and Jarrett shortly after with a double. Senior center fielder Josh McLain singled to drive Cooper home.
State’s final four runs came in the bottom of the seventh. Tatum led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, and then stole third before scoring on a Cooper groundout. McLain followed with a single, stole second, and moved to third on a throwing error. Kinneman singled to plate McLain and scored on Wilson’s second homer of the game.
The Wolfpack will return to action Tuesday as the team will face North Carolina in a non-conference game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.