The Wolfpack rallies for three runs in the ninth inning to finish the NC State sweep over Minnesota.
NC State (11-0) finished its series against Minnesota (2-8) with a walk-off single by junior designated hitter Brad Debo. The Durham native drove home senior first baseman Evan Edwards to secure the Wolfpack’s win over the Golden Gophers Sunday afternoon, 5-4.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Reid Johnston pitched the first four innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on four hits and three walks while striking out two. Sophomore southpaw Evan Justice and redshirt senior right-hander Nolan Clenney followed Johnston with two innings each. Justice surrendered another Gopher run while Clenney retired six of the seven batters he faced with his only miscue being a walk.
Sophomore left-hander Nick Swiney retired the first two batters in the ninth before giving way to junior right-hander Michael Bienlien (1-0, 0.00 ERA) who picked up the win after recording the final out before the Pack’s ninth-inning rally.
With the Golden Gophers already ahead by four, the Wolfpack scored its first runs in the bottom of the sixth. Edwards led off the inning with a single before scoring on a Minnesota error made on a single by sophomore catcher Patrick Bailey. Freshman center fielder and second baseman Tyler McDonough then reached on an infield single. Debo followed with a single of his own to load the bases. Two batters later, sophomore right fielder Terrell Tatum grounded out, allowing Bailey to score.
The Pack earned the win in the bottom of the ninth with three runs in the frame. Junior center fielder Lawson McArthur and sophomore left fielder Jonny Butler opened the inning with back-to-back walks. The runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch before junior shortstop Will Wilson plated McArthur with a sacrifice fly. Edwards doubled Butler home to tie the game. After an intentional walk and a pop-out, Debo sent everyone home with the game-winning single to bring in Edwards.
The Wolfpack will return to action Wednesday evening as NC State takes on NC Central. First pitch from the Durham Athletic Park is slated for 6 p.m.