GREENSBORO , N.C. — NC State (9-9) freshman left-handed pitcher Chris Villaman hurled a complete game shutout in a road victory over UNCG (13-11) Tuesday evening, 3-0.
Hailing from nearby High Point, N.C., the Ledford HS product held the Spartans to just one hit and three walks, striking out nine batters en route to the win at the UNCG Baseball Stadium. With the victory, the Wolfpack extended its winning streak to five games, bumping its overall record to the .500 mark.
The Pack’s first run came in the top of the third inning. Junior first baseman Austin Murr reached base with an infield single. Sophomore center fielder Tyler McDonough followed with a base hit that allowed Murr to race around to third. After McDonough stole second base, sophomore catcher Luca Tresh walked to load the bases. Junior left fielder Jonny Butler then flew out to left fielder, driving Murr home on the sacrifice fly.
After four quiet innings from both teams, State drove another run home in the eighth. Tresh reached base on a one-out double to left. After a walk to Butler, freshman shortstop Jose Torres singled through the left side to plate the Wolfpack’s catcher.
State’s final insurance run came in the top of the ninth inning. Sophomore third baseman Vojtech Mensik led off with a triple down the line in left. Junior second baseman J.T. Jarrett plated the Czech infielder with a single through the left side immediately after.
The Wolfpack returns home for a three-game series against Atlantic Division rival Clemson. Friday’s first pitch from Doak Field is set for 7 p.m.