After dropping last weekend’s series versus Wake, the Wolfpack rebounded with a late-inning rally to defeat Tennessee Tech
No. 13 NC State (32-10, 13-8 ACC) defeated visiting Tennessee Tech (17-20, 5-13 OVC) Tuesday evening at Doak Field, 10-6.
Redshirt freshman right-handed pitcher Cameron Cotter got the call to start for the Wolfpack, but after giving up two runs in two innings, junior right-hander Michael Bienlien relieved Cotter. Bienlien pitched an inning and gave up two runs of his own.
Sophomore southpaw Evan Justice and freshman righty Baker Nelson each pitched 2/3 inning with Nelson surrendering two runs before sophomore left-hander Nick Swiney (4-0, 6.67 ERA) hurled 3-2/3 innings en route to the win, dispatching eight Tennessee Tech batters on strikes in the process. Junior right-hander Alec Barger pitched a shutout ninth inning to end the game.
With the Golden Eagles already ahead by two runs, the Pack put its first run on the board in the bottom of the second. Sophomore second baseman J.T. Jarrett reached on a one-out walk before redshirt junior shortstop Dillon Cooper singled to right, allowing Jarrett to reach third. Sophomore right fielder Jonny Butler then flew out to drive Jarrett home on the sacrifice fly.
Tennessee Tech answered the Pack’s second-inning run with two more in the top of the third. However, the State offense tacked on three runs in the home half of the third inning. Senior first baseman Evan Edwards walked to lead off the frame. Sophomore designated hitter Patrick Bailey then singled with Edwards moving to third. A wild pitch moved Bailey to scoring position while Edwards scored. Freshman left fielder Luca Tresh then singled to drive Bailey home. After moving to second on the throw home on his base hit, Tresh scored three batters later on a Jarrett sacrifice fly.
The Eagles regained the lead with two runs in the fifth inning, but Tennessee Tech’s advantage disappeared with one swing of the bat in the seventh. Freshman center fielder Tyler McDonough and moved to second on an Eagle error on a fielder’s choice by Edwards. Two batters later, Tresh crushed his fifth home run of the season over the wall in right-center.
State padded its lead in the eighth inning with three more runs. Jarrett led off with a single while Cooper bunted his way aboard. Butler then doubled down the right-field line to plate Jarrett and Cooper. After a strikeout, a groundout and a pair of walks, Butler scored on a wild pitch.
The Wolfpack returns to action on Friday as NC State travels to South Bend, Ind. to take on Notre Dame for a three-game series. First pitch from Frank Eck Stadium is set for 6 p.m.