The Wolfpack falls to East Carolina, ending NC State’s season with a 42-19 overall record.
GREENVILLE, N.C. — In an unlikely predicament, second-seeded NC State (42-19) and top-seed East Carolina (44-16) met in the Greenville Regional’s loser’s portion of the bracket as the teams lost to three-seed Campbell and four-seed Quinnipiac respectively to start the NCAA Tournament.
The Pirates remained steadfast in front of its home crowd as the Wolfpack dropped its final game of the 2019 season at Clark-LeClair Stadium, 9-2.
ECU starting pitcher Jake Agnos (11-2, 2.02 ERA) earned the win after pitching eight innings in which he struck out nine batters. NC State’s starter, junior right-hander Jason Parker (4-4, 4.38 ERA), picked up the loss after giving up two of the Pirates’ six third-inning runs despite fanning five East Carolina players in 2-1/3 innings.
Sophomore left-hander Evan Justice succeeded Parker but gave up three runs in 1/3 inning before junior right-hander Michael Bienlien surrendered an unearned run without recording an out. Sophomore southpaw Nick Swiney then pitched the next 2-1/3 innings despite pitching four innings against Campbell Friday afternoon. Swiney struck out five while only allowing a hit and three walks.
Junior lefty Kent Klyman followed with two innings of work, allowing a single and a two-run home run while recording two strikeouts. Redshirt sophomore righty Dalton Feeney pitched the final inning with one run allowed on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
The Pack’s only runs came in the first and ninth inning. Sophomore catcher Patrick Bailey drilled his 10th home run of the season over the wall in left field to start the game’s scoring with two away in the first. With the game out of reach, senior first baseman Evan Edwards bookended State’s scoring with a solo shot of his own to start the top of the ninth, his 14th of the season and his final as a member of NC State’s baseball team.
The Wolfpack’s season began with a bang but ended with a whimper. Now, NC State will look ahead to 2020 as the book closes on the 2019 season.