RALEIGH, N.C. — No. 24 NC State (3-4, 0-3 ACC) snapped its four-game losing streak Tuesday afternoon by powering past Campbell (4-3) at Doak Field, 14-6.
The Wolfpack held the Camels scoreless through the first seven innings while managing to hold off Campbell’s rally long enough to secure the victory. However, State cycled through six pitchers during the final two frames.
Sophomore catcher Luca Tresh led the way offensively for the Pack. The Safety Harbor, Fla. native went 2-for-4 at the plate with a home run, four runs batted in, and two runs scored. Sophomore center fielder Tyler McDonough, junior right fielder Devonte Brown, and sophomore third baseman Vojtech Mensik also joined Tresh in the two-hit club.
Junior left-handed pitcher David Harrison got the start on the mound and pitched three innings of shutout baseball. He struck out three batters while allowing three hits and two walks. However, he was lifted after pitching his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the third inning.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Matt Willadsen (1-0, 2.92 ERA) picked up the win after coming into the game in the fourth inning and retiring all 12 batters faced. The Holly Springs, N.C. product struck out three batters in his spotless four-inning tenure.
After Willadsen, freshman left-hander John Miralia made his collegiate debut and allowed one run on one walk with a strikeout. A pair of right-handers, junior Logan Bender and sophomore Andrew Tillery, combined to surrender four runs without recording an out before freshman southpaw Tristian Sipple stopped the bleeding by recording the final out of the eighth inning while just surrendering one hit. Redshirt sophomore righty Cameron Cotter, making his first appearance since May 31, 2019 against, coincidentally, Campbell, gave up a run on two hits and a walk with a strikeout before redshirt junior right-hander Dalton Feeney closed the door.
The Wolfpack jumped ahead early in the first inning with three runs before the Camels could record an out. Junior first baseman Austin Murr led off with a line-drive homer over the wall in right for his second bomb of the season. After McDonough singled immediately after, Tresh followed suit with his sixth home run of the 2021 campaign.
State tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the second inning. Brown led off with a double to left field. Mensik followed with a single before freshman shortstop Jose Torres walked to load the bases. Murr then drew a free pass to bring Brown home. McDonough grounded into a fielder’s choice that resulted in two runs as the throw to first sailed into the Wolfpack dugout.
Another run came in for NC State in the fifth inning. Junior left fielder Jonny Butler reached on a one-out single. The Channahon, Ill. native stole second and advanced to third on the errant throw before scoring on a squeeze bunt by junior second baseman J.T. Jarrett.
For the final insurance runs, the Wolfpack plated seven more batters in the bottom of the sixth inning. Brown, Mensik, and Torres led off by drawing walks to load the bases. Murr then drove Brown with a walk of his own. McDonough then singled to drive Mensik home. Tresh then hit a base knock to left field that brought Torres and Murr home. After a Butler walk loaded the bases yet again, Jarrett grounded out to the Campbell first baseman, allowing McDonough to cross the plate. Two batters later, Brown came to the plate for the second time in the inning and reached on a fielding error that brought Tresh home. Mensik drove the final NC State run home as Butler scored on an RBI single to right field.
The Wolfpack returns to action on Friday as No. 6 Miami comes to Doak Field for a three-game series. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.