RALEIGH, N.C. — Propelled by a nine-run sixth inning, NC State (11-11) dominated Appalachian State (11-13) Tuesday evening at Doak Field, 13-2.
With the win, head coach Elliott Avent earned his 900th career victory as the leader of the Wolfpack. One of two active ACC coaches who have surpassed the 1,000-win threshold, Avent now has an overall record of 1,124-755, 900-542 in Raleigh.
Freshman left-handed pitcher Chris Villaman (2-2, 4.64 ERA) earned the win after another quality start. Coming off a one-hit shutout versus UNCG, the former Ledford Panther struck out seven Mountaineers and allowed one run on three hits and two walks.
Following the huge inning for NC State and 96 pitches thrown for Villaman, freshman right-hander Coby Ingle was called upon to hurl an inning, allowing one hit with one strikeout. Another freshman righty, Garrett Payne, followed. Making his collegiate debut, the Charlottesville, Va. native gave up one run on two hits and a walk while striking out three batters in his lone inning of work. Junior righty Logan Bender pitched the ninth inning and allowed one hit with one strikeout.
The Wolfpack jumped on the scoreboard early with one run in the first inning. Junior second baseman J.T. Jarrett led off with a double off the wall in left field. After moving to third on a bunt single by sophomore center fielder Tyler McDonough, Jarrett scored on a groundout by sophomore catcher Luca Tresh.
Junior right fielder Devonte Brown tacked on two runs for the State offense in the bottom of the second inning. Junior designated hitter Terrell Tatum drew a two-out, full-count walk to bring the Newnan, Ga. native to the plate. Brown drilled the 0-1 pitch over the center-field wall for his third home run of the season.
App State catcher Hayden Cross recorded the Mountaineers’ first base hit of the game in the top of the fifth inning, followed by an RBI triple by center fielder Alex Leshock. McDonough answered the run in the bottom half of the frame with a solo homer, his fourth of 2021.
The NC State offense broke the game open in the sixth inning with nine runs. Sophomore third baseman Vojtech Mensik reached on a one-out single. Tatum and Brown followed with back-to-back walks to load the bases. Jarrett plated Mensik and Tatum with a double down the right-field line.
After an App State pitching change, McDonough singled to drive Brown home. Tresh then reached on an infield single that allowed Jarrett to score. Junior first baseman Austin Murr walked to load the bases for Torres who knocked a single up the middle with McDonough and Tresh crossing the plate.
Junior left fielder Jonny Butler, the Wolfpack’s 10th batter of the inning, doubled to plate Murr. Mensik followed with a double of his own, bringing Torres and Butler home. The Mountaineers managed to stop the bleeding with a pair of strikeouts while pushing one run across in the eighth, but NC State’s win was a foregone conclusion.
The Wolfpack returns to action Friday, April 9 for the first game of a three-game ACC road series against Boston College. First pitch from Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Harrington Athletics Village is set for 4 p.m.