The Wolfpack scored five runs in the final two innings to hold onto its undefeated season against Charlotte.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — No. 2 NC State (16-0, 3-0 ACC) came to the Queen City as part of the 2019 Sunbelt Rentals Collegiate Baseball Series at BB&T Ballpark to take on Charlotte (8-8). After falling behind early, the Wolfpack managed to power its way past the 49ers Tuesday night, 6-5.
Sophomore catcher Patrick Bailey gave State its best chance in the top of the eighth when his three-run home run, his third four-bagger of the season, tied the game at four apiece.
Sophomore left-handed pitcher Canaan Silver started on the mound for the Wolfpack and gave up two runs on five hits in three innings of work, striking out two batters during his tenure. Freshman right-hander Baker Nelson followed with three innings of his own, giving up one run.
Succeeding Nelson, sophomore southpaw Evan Justice and redshirt senior righty Nolan Clenney each pitched 1/3 of an inning with Justice surrendering another run. After Clenney’s time on the bump, junior right-hander Michael Bienlien pitched for 2/3 of an inning.
Junior southpaw Kent Klyman (5-0, 3.00 ERA) picked up the win after hurling an inning of work in which he gave up one run on two hits with a strikeout. Redshirt sophomore right-hander Dalton Feeney recorded the final two outs to pick up his fourth save of the season.
The 49ers plated two runs in the bottom of the third inning before the Wolfpack scored its first run in the top of the fifth. Junior left fielder Lawson McArthur and sophomore right fielder Terrell Tatum reached base on back-to-back, two-out walks. Coming in as a pinch-hitter, sophomore outfielder Jonny Butler then singled through the right side to bring McArthur home.
With Charlotte pushing runs across in the sixth and seventh, the Wolfpack rallied to tie in the eighth. Junior shortstop Will Wilson walk to get the inning started. Senior first baseman Evan Edwards followed with a single up the middle to set the table for Bailey to tie the game with his 402-foot bomb into the streets of uptown Charlotte.
Capitalizing on the momentum from the inning before, the Wolfpack plated two runs in the top of the ninth to take the lead. Tatum led off with a double. Two batters later, he advanced to third on a groundout. Wilson then singled Tatum home. Edwards reached on a single before Bailey got hit by a pitch to load the bases. Junior designated hitter Brad Debo then drew a full-count walk to bring Wilson in to score. The Niners managed to drive a run home in the bottom of the frame, but Feeney and company held on to secure the win.
The Wolfpack returns home to host George Mason Wednesday afternoon. First pitch from Doak Field is set for 4 p.m.
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