RALEIGH, N.C. — NC State (15-11) extended its winning streak to six games with a definitive win over North Carolina A&T (9-24) Wednesday evening, 10-4.
Freshman left-handed pitcher Chris Villaman (3-2, 3.95 ERA) got the call to start the non-conference matchup at Doak Field. The High Point, N.C. native hurled 65 pitches in six innings of work, holding the Aggies to one run on two hits with one strikeout to earn the win.
A trio of Wolfpack freshmen followed Villaman as right-hander Garrett Payne, southpaw Tristan Sipple, and righty Coby Ingle pitched the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings respectively. The Aggies pushed three runs across, none earned, during the stretch while the three freshmen each recorded one strikeout across their single innings of work.
Junior left fielder Jonny Butler gave the Wolfpack the advantage in the bottom of the first inning. After junior first baseman Austin Murr drew a leadoff walk, sophomore Luca Tresh walked two batters later to bring the Channahon, Ill. native to the plate. With both runners in scoring position thanks to a wild pitch, Butler belted the 2-2 pitch over the wall in right field for a three-run shot, his fourth home run of the season.
Two batters later, junior designated hitter Terrell Tatum drew a two-out walk. After stealing second base, the Collierville, Tenn. product scored on an RBI single by sophomore third baseman Vojtech Mensik.
State tacked on another run in the second inning. Murr doubled with one out in the frame. After moving to third on a wild pitch, Murr scored on a double by sophomore center fielder Tyler McDonough.
McDonough provided two more insurance runs in the fourth inning. With Murr reaching on a leadoff walk, the Liberty Township, Ohio native clobbered the first pitch he saw inside the left-field line for his fifth homer of the 2021 season.
State’s final three runs came in the bottom of the sixth inning. Tresh walked, then Butler doubled to put runners on second and third for freshman shortstop Jose Torres who drove Tresh home on a single up the middle. Butler scored while Torres stole second base on a full-count strikeout. After stealing third base, Torres scored while junior right fielder Devonte Brown, who reached base via walk, got caught in a rundown between first and second.
The Wolfpack next travels to South Bend, Ind. for a three-game series against Notre Dame, beginning Friday at 5 p.m. EST from Frank Eck Stadium.