The Wolfpack bounced back from an early deficit to defeat nationally-ranked Coastal Carolina in 11 innings.
CONWAY, S.C. — The 20th Annual Brittain Resorts Baseball at the Beach tournament culminated Sunday afternoon with No. 21 NC State (7-0) taking the 11-inning win over No. 19 Coastal Carolina (7-1) at Springs Brooks Stadium, 7-6.
Sophomore catcher Patrick Bailey led off the top of the 11th with a solo home run that supplied the difference for the Wolfpack. Bailey finished the day 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs batted in and one run scored.
Junior left-handed pitcher Kent Klyman (3-0, 2.70 ERA) earned the win after pitching the final three innings in which the Chanticleers left at least two runners on base thrice.
Preceding Klyman, redshirt sophomore right-hander Dalton Feeney came in the game after sophomore southpaw Nick Swiney and junior right-handers Mathieu Gauthier and Alec Barger combined to give up six runs, five earned, in four innings. Feeney retired the first 11 batters he saw in order, striking out three batters while only allowing one hit and one walk in his four-inning tenure.
With Coastal already ahead by four, the Pack plated its first two runs in the top of the third inning. Sophomore left fielder Jonny Butler led off with a double and advanced to third on a single by junior shortstop Will Wilson. Two batters later, senior first baseman Evan Edwards singled to drive Butler and Wilson home.
Shortly after, the Chants pushed their lead to 6-2 before State pushed four runs across in the top of the fifth to tie the game.
Sophomore second baseman J.T. Jarrett was hit by a pitch to start the inning off. Butler then walked. Wilson followed with an RBI double to plate Jarrett. Bailey sent Butler home with a sacrifice fly before Edwards launched a two-run homer over the wall in right-center field, bringing Wilson home with him.
Both teams were held in check before Bailey just cleared the left-field wall in the top of the 11th on his solo home run. The Chanticleers managed to get runners on the corners with two away in the home half of the inning, but a fly-out to right field sealed the game for NC State.
The Wolfpack next travels to Buies Creek, N.C. to take on Campbell Wednesday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.