RALEIGH, N.C. — After having to cancel its original three-game series with VMI, No. 11 NC State (2-0) swept Davidson (1-2) during its Sunday afternoon doubleheader at Doak Field at Dail Park.
Game One: NC State 13, Davidson 3
With its highly touted offensive lineup on full display, the Wolfpack capitalized on a 10-run fifth inning to propel its way past the Wildcats in the first game of the twin billing, 13-3.
After relieving junior left-handed pitcher Evan Justice, junior right-hander Reid Johnston (1-0, 5.40 ERA) picked up the win on 3-1/3 innings of work. The Enfield, N.C. escaped a bases-loaded jam upon entering the game in the second inning yet still allowed two runs on three hits while also striking out two batters.
Junior southpaw David Harrison succeeded Johnston and gave up a solo home run in his lone inning. Sophomore right-hander Andrew Tillery, freshman left-hander Tristan Sipple, and freshman right-hander Coby Ingle each also threw an inning for State to close out the win.
The Pack jumped ahead in the bottom of the first inning. Junior first baseman Austin Murr, sophomore third baseman Tyler McDonough, and sophomore catcher Luca Tresh started the game by drawing walks. Junior left fielder Jonny Butler then grounded into a double play during which Murr crossed the plate.
Junior center fielder Terrell Tatum worked his way around the bases in the next inning to extend the lead. The Collierville, Tenn. native reached on an infield single, advanced into scoring position on a walk, and moved to third on a fielder’s choice before coming home on a Murr single.
Davidson’s Alex Fedje-Johnson hit a solo home run in the top of the third inning for the Wildcats’ first run. Two innings later, Fedje-Johnson drove home another run to tie the game before the Wolfpack broke the game wide open in the bottom half of the fifth.
Butler got the ball rolling with a one-out single to right, later advancing to second on a wild pitch. Junior right fielder Devonte Brown reached on a base hit, moving Butler to third. Tatum, junior second baseman J.T. Jarrett, and freshman designated hitter Noah Soles hit back-to-back-to-back RBI singles that brought home Butler, Brown, and Tatum respectively.
Sophomore shortstop Vojtech Mensik drew a walk before Murr, McDonough, and Tresh drove home Jarrett, Mensik, and Murr respectively on consecutive singles. Butler reached once again in the inning, this time via walk. Tresh and McDonough then scored on a Brown single. The Wolfpack’s 10th run of the inning came when Butler crossed the plate on a fielder’s choice by Tatum.
In the top of the sixth inning, Davidson’s Parker Nolan drilled a solo shot off of Harrison to cut State’s lead to nine. The Pack would get the run back with Butler hitting NC State’s first home run of the season over the wall in right field.
Game Two: NC State 6, Davidson 4
In a back-and-forth contest that saw five lead changes, the Pack rallied in the seventh inning to scrape past the Wildcats to secure the sweep, 6-4.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Sam Highfill started on the mound for the Pack and struck out seven Wildcats in his five innings of work. The Apex, N.C. product surrendered two runs on two hits before giving way to junior southpaw Canaan Silver.
Silver retired five of the six batters he faced with three strikeouts. Sophomore right-hander Baker Nelson followed by allowing a game-tying double, a go-ahead RBI single, and two walks before senior southpaw Kent Klyman (1-0, 0.00 ERA) entered to finish the final 2-1/3 innings.
Tresh started the scoring with a solo home run to left-center field in the bottom of the fourth inning. Davidson’s Trevor Candelaria responded in the top of the fifth with a two-run home run to give the Wildcats their first lead of the doubleheader. In the home half of the fifth, Jarrett led off with a single, stole second base, then came home as the game-tying run on a single by Mensik.
The Wolfpack reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Butler reached first on a one-out base hit before moving to third on a Brown single. Two batters later, Butler scored on a wild pitch from Davidson’s Bennett Flynn (0-1, 27.00 ERA).
Candelaria sparked the Wildcats’ seventh-inning rally with an RBI double that drove Parker Nolan home before scoring on a single by John Hosmer. Trailing by one run, the Wolfpack pushed three runs across in the bottom half of the seventh.
Redshirt junior designated hitter Danny Carnazzo drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mensik before Soles entered to pinch-run in his place. After moving to third on a wild pitch, Soles scored the tying run on a double by Murr. McDonough followed suit with an RBI double to drive Murr home. Two batters later, McDonough scored on a fielder’s choice after stealing third base.
The Wolfpack will return to action Tuesday, Feb. 23 at home versus UNCG. First pitch from Doak Field is set for 3 p.m.