The Wolfpack exits the ACC Baseball Championship Tournament as Florida State advances to the semifinal round.
NC State (40-16) entered the ACC Baseball Championship Tournament as the No. 3 seed, but the Wolfpack will leave without a win as Florida State (41-17) pulled out the win Friday evening at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 5-2.
Drew Parrish (5-0, 2.47 ERA) pitched a complete game for the Seminoles and held the Wolfpack to five hits while striking out 14 batters. FSU catcher Cal Raleigh propelled the team with a 3-for-5 performance with a double, a home run, and three runs batted in.
“We just got through playing them three times in Tallahassee,” head coach Elliott Avent said. “For the teams that we played this year, that’s as good a team and as hot a team as we’ve seen all year. Tip your hat to Parrish and Florida State. They’re playing very well.”
A promising start by senior left-handed pitcher Brian Brown (6-2, 2.71 ERA) ended after only 2-1/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season. The Glenmoore, Pa. native struck out five Seminole batters, but Brown was chased out of the game after giving up four runs.
Redshirt junior right-hander Nolan Clenney finished the rest of the third inning before sophomore southpaw Kent Klyman pitched 3-2/3 innings of work, allowing only one run on four hits and three walks while striking out three. Redshirt senior righty Joe O’Donnell pitched the final 2-1/3 innings and retired every batter he faced.
The Wolfpack got held off the scoreboard until the bottom of the fifth, but State tacked on its only two runs during that inning. Junior catcher Jack Conley led off the inning with a single. Junior first baseman Evan Edwards followed with a double, advancing to third on an error which allowed Conley to cross the plate.
Three batters later, senior center fielder Josh McLain singled to drive Edwards home. State’s offense was limited after that point as the team only managed to record one hit in the last three innings of play.
The Wolfpack will now await its NCAA Tournament fate. The selection show will begin Monday at noon.
“We’ve got regionals coming up,” McLain said. “That’s what we’re focused on now. We’ve got to put this behind us and get ready to go this weekend.”