The Wolfpack scores 15 runs in the first two innings as NC State pulverizes the visiting Chanticleers.
No. 7 NC State (12-0) wasted little time against Coastal Carolina (8-4) Wednesday afternoon at Doak Field.
The Wolfpack took a commanding, 10-run lead in the first inning and never looked back, battering its way past the Chanticleers in just seven innings, 24-7.
Junior second baseman J.T. Jarrett and sophomore designated hitter Luca Tresh led the way as both finished the day 4-for-5 at the plate. Jarrett doubled three times, drove in four runs, and scored four times. Tresh also scored four times with two doubles and two RBI. Junior right fielder Devonte Brown and junior catcher Patrick Bailey each hit a home run in the first inning.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Austin Pace (1-0, 0.00 ERA) picked his first collegiate win after pitching three perfect innings. The Barco, N.C. product struck out five batters in just his second appearance of the season and left the game after the Wolfpack offense provided 19 insurance runs.
Sophomore right-hander Andrew Tillery and redshirt junior righty Logan Bender combined to pitch for one inning following Pace’s performance. The pair gave up all seven Coastal Carolina runs, six of which were earned, with each giving up two hits and a walk. Bender recorded the only strikeout of the two. Sophomore righty Baker Nelson, freshman right-hander Matt Willadsen, and junior southpaw Evan Justice pitched the final three innings.
Sophomore center fielder Tyler McDonough started the bombastic first inning by reaching base with a one-out walk. After moving to second on a wild pitch, McDonough stole third base then scored on the errant throw. Bailey walked to bring Brown to bat who clobbered his fifth home run of the season.
Continuing the inning, Tresh followed with a single. Junior left fielder Jonny Butler drew a walk before sophomore third baseman Vojtech Mensik took a pitch off his body to load the bases. Jarrett singled to plate Tresh before junior first baseman Austin Murr and McDonough drew back-to-back walks to bring Butler and Mensik home respectively. Bailey concluded the first-inning scoring by drilling the full-count offering off the scoreboard in right field for his fifth homer of 2020 and his third grand slam of the year.
The Wolfpack added five more runs in the second inning. Tresh and Butler led off with a single and a walk respectively. Mensik then drove Tresh home with a base hit through the left side. Jarrett brought Butler home with a double. Two batters later, Murr drilled his third home run in an NC State uniform over the wall in right.
After establishing a comfortable, 15-run advantage, the Pack continued to pour on the offense with four runs in the third inning. Brown doubled to lead off before scoring on a Tresh double. Butler walked then was replaced on the base paths by freshman Noah Soles. Two batters later, Jarrett doubled down the left-field line to bring Tresh home. Freshman shortstop Jose Torres then hit a sacrifice fly that plated Soles. Freshman DeAngelo Giles followed by getting his first collegiate hit, an RBI single that scored Jarrett.
The Chanticleers managed to hang three runs on the board in the top of the fourth inning, prompting the NC State offense to respond with three runs of its own in the bottom of the fourth. Tresh reached on a one-out double. After a strikeout, Mensik and Jarrett hit back-to-back RBI doubles with Tresh and Mensik scoring on the two-baggers respectively. Torres then singled to bring Jarrett home.
With Coastal chipping away at the deficit by bringing in four runs in the top of the fifth inning, State tacked on its final two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Senior Brad Debo singled with one out in the inning before moving to third on a double by senior Lawson McArthur. Tresh drove Debo home on a groundout to third before Soles plated McArthur with a double to center field.
The Wolfpack next faces Virginia for a three-game series starting Friday, March 6 to open conference play. First pitch from Davenport Field is set for 4 p.m.