The Wolfpack falls short against Florida State for the team’s first loss of 2019.
After many different ways of getting wins, No. 2 NC State (19-1, 5-1 ACC) had its 19-game, season-opening win streak come to an end Sunday afternoon as No. 1 Florida State (14-4, 3-3 ACC) refused to get swept, taking the win over the Wolfpack at Doak Field, 7-5.
Junior right-handed pitcher Michael Bienlien (2-1, 3.52 ERA) started on the mound, picking up the loss after giving up three runs on three hits and four walks in 1-1/3 innings. Junior right-hander Andrew Blake followed with 2-2/3 innings of work in which he surrendered two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three Seminole batters.
Sophomore southpaw David Harrison followed with one run allowed in an inning of work before redshirt senior righty Nolan Clenney came in to record an out. Junior lefty Kent Klyman followed with two innings where he gave up a run on two hits and three walks while recording two strikeouts. Redshirt sophomore right-hander Dalton Feeney, sophomore left-hander Evan Justice, freshman righty Baker Nelson, and redshirt freshman righty Cameron Cotter combined to pitch the remaining 1-2/3 innings.
With the Noles already ahead by three, the Pack scored its first run in the bottom of the third. Sophomore second baseman J.T. Jarrett led off with a bunt single before getting retired on a fielder’s choice. Sophomore left fielder Jonny Butler, reaching on the fielder’s choice, moved to second on a walk to junior shortstop Will Wilson before scoring on an RBI double by sophomore catcher Patrick Bailey.
Florida State managed to extend its lead to 7-1 before the Pack struck back in the bottom of the sixth with three runs. Junior designated hitter Brad Debo drew a leadoff walk before sophomore outfielder Terrell Tatum drew a pinch-hit walk of his own. Sophomore third baseman David Vazquez then doubled to drive Debo home. Freshman catcher/outfielder Luca Tresh, pinch-hitting for Jarrett, then drove Tatum home on a sacrifice fly. Redshirt freshman outfielder Thayer Thomas, pinch-hitting for Butler, followed by plating Vazquez on an RBI groundout.
NC State almost managed an eighth-inning rally to neutralize the Seminoles’ lead, but the Pack only mustered one run in the inning. Debo led off with a single, moving to second on a groundout to Tatum. Vazquez reached base with a double down the left-field line as Debo crossed the plate to cut the Noles’ advantage to two runs. Junior outfielder Lawson McArthur then drew a pinch-hit walk before getting replaced on the base paths by redshirt junior infielder Dillon Cooper. Two batters later, Wilson reached on an error to load the bases for Bailey. However, Bailey hit a hard line drive directly to the Florida State right fielder, killing the rally.
The Wolfpack will look to bounce back from the loss as NC State will host Towson on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Pack will then travel down to Coral Gables, Fla. to take on Miami for a three-game series.