The Wolfpack utilizes its early scoring and dominant pitching to secure the team’s first midweek victory of the season.
RALEIGH, N.C. — No. 13 NC State (4-0) carried its momentum from its opening-weekend sweep over into its first midweek contest as the Wolfpack dominated Longwood (1-4) Tuesday evening, 6-1.
Junior left-handed pitcher David Harrison (1-0, 1.50 ERA) held the Lancers to one run in his six innings of work, striking out seven batters and allowing just five hits and two hit batsmen on 80 pitches with 56 strikes.
After Harrison’s tenure, State’s bullpen mowed through the rest of Longwood’s lineup. Sophomore right-hander Baker Nelson, freshman righty Matt Willadsen, and redshirt junior right-hander Logan Bender each hurled a three-up-three-down inning to close the game, combining for five strikeouts during that stretch.
The Wolfpack’s first run came in the first inning when sophomore center fielder Tyler McDonough doubled to left-center field to drive home junior first baseman Austin Murr who had reached base on a beanball. One inning later, junior left fielder Terrell Tatum led off with a walk, stole second base, moved to third on an error, and scored on an RBI single by senior designated hitter Lawson McArthur.
Junior third baseman Devonte Brown led off the third inning with his first collegiate home run. Later in the frame, the Pack added another run as Tatum reached on a bunt single, raced around to third on another error, and scored on an RBI groundout by junior second baseman J.T. Jarrett.
State’s final two runs came in the fourth inning. Murr led off with a walk, McDonough reached base shortly thereafter with a single, and junior catcher Patrick Bailey drew another walk to load the bases for Brown who walked Murr home. Junior right fielder Jonny Butler followed with a sacrifice fly that plated McDonough.
The Wolfpack returns to action on Friday, Feb. 21 as Tennessee Tech comes to Raleigh for a three-game series. First pitch from Doak Field is set for 3 p.m.