The Wolfpack gets limited to one hit as Florida State pummels NC State to conclude ACC Tournament pool play.
DURHAM, N.C. — With third-seeded NC State (42-16) already locked into the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship Tournament semifinals, the Wolfpack could coast in its Friday-night matchup against sixth-seeded Florida State (36-21) at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
However, the Seminoles, looking to bolster its NCAA Tournament résumé, decimated the Wolfpack to force a mercy-rule stoppage after seven innings to take the victory, 11-0.
Florida State sophomore right-handed pitcher C.J. Van Eyk (9-3, 3.74 ERA) allowed just one hit while striking out 11 Wolfpack batters in his six shutout innings on the mound, earning the win. NC State’s starter, junior right-hander Alec Barger (2-2, 6.14 ERA), lasted just 2-1/3 innings, giving up four runs to pick up the loss.
Sophomore southpaw Canaan Silver followed Barger with two runs allowed in 1-1/3 innings. Junior righty Michael Bienlien succeeded Silver for his first pitching appearance in just under a month but gave up five runs despite striking out five Seminole batters in three innings of work. Redshirt senior right-hander Nolan Clenney recorded the final out for the Pack.
Offensively, freshman center fielder Tyler McDonough recorded the only NC State hit: a single in the second inning. Despite finishing 0-for-2 at the plate, senior first baseman Evan Edwards reached base three times on a walk, an FSU error, and a fielder’s choice. However, the Pack’s offense was stymied by Van Eyk as NC State batted .043 as a team and left six runners on base with two of those stranded on third base.
The Wolfpack will return to action in tomorrow’s second semifinal matchup as NC State takes on second-seeded Georgia Tech at 5 p.m. with the winner facing either Boston College or North Carolina in the ACC Baseball Championship game Sunday afternoon.
Photo by Liz Condo, Atlantic Coast Conference