WILMINGTON, N.C. — NC State (5-9) played on the road for the first time this season Tuesday evening, earning the win versus UNCW (12-6), 5-3.
Junior left-handed pitcher David Harrison got the call to start for the Wolfpack and surrendered three runs in his five innings of work. He struck out two batters with no walks issued before getting pulled in favor of freshman right-hander Cooper King (1-0, 2.57 ERA).
A product of Indian Trail, N.C., King hurled 1-2/3 innings and struck out two batters while issuing one walk and one hit to pick up his first collegiate win. Senior southpaw Kent Klyman followed and recorded a walk and a strikeout to finish the seventh inning. Redshirt junior righty Dalton Feeney followed with 1-2/3 innings before freshman lefty Chris Villaman recorded the final out to pick up the save.
UNCW’s Kip Brandenburg and Matt Suggs put the Seahawks on the board in the bottom of the second inning with back-to-back solo home runs. The Wolfpack would drive its first run home in the top of the fourth. Sophomore catcher Luca Tresh reached base on a two-out double before junior left fielder Terrell Tatum tripled to right-center to bring him in.
Sophomore right fielder Devonte Brown tied the game in the top of the fifth inning with his second home run of the season. Sophomore third baseman Vojtech Mensik followed with a single up the middle before moving to third on a double by freshman designated hitter Noah Soles. Two batters later, redshirt junior first baseman Austin Murr plated Mensik on a sacrifice fly to center.
After Seahawk third baseman Cole Weiss tied the game with a solo homer to start the bottom of the sixth inning, the Pack took the lead in the top of the seventh. Brown drew a walk to start. Mensik followed with a single, moving Brown to third. Soles then grounded out, allowing Brown to score the go-ahead run.
State’s offense provided an additional insurance run in the eighth inning. Sophomore center fielder Tyler McDonough drew a one-out walk. Tresh followed with a single that moves McDonough to third. Two batters later, freshman shortstop Jose Torres dropped a single inside the right-field line that plated McDonough, but Tresh got thrown out trying to score as well.
The Wolfpack returns to action Friday as it travels to North Carolina for a three-game series against the rival Tar Heels. First pitch from Boshamer Stadium is set for 6 p.m.