RALEIGH, N.C. — NC State (23-14) wrapped up its non-conference schedule Tuesday evening as the Wolfpack dispatched UNCW (26-17) at Doak Field, 9-1.
Freshman left-handed pitcher Chris Villaman (5-2, 4.67 ERA) held the Seahawks to a solo home run, one single, and one walk in eight innings on the mound. The High Point, N.C. product also tallied a career-high 12 strikeouts before freshman right-hander Matt Willadsen pitched a one-hit, two-strikeout ninth inning.
The first three State runs came in the bottom of the second inning. Sophomore catcher Luca Tresh reached on a Seahawk error to lead off the frame. He moved to second on a wild pitch then traversed his way to third on a groundout. Junior right fielder Devonte Brown dropped a single into right field to drive Tresh home. Two batters later, sophomore third baseman Vojtech Mensik hit his third homer of the season to tack on two more runs.
The Pack added another pair of runs one inning later. Junior first baseman Austin Murr benefitted from another UNCW error to reach first base. A wild pitch allowed Murr to race around to third base before junior left fielder Jonny Butler drove him home on a groundout. Tresh immediately followed with his ninth home run of the 2021 campaign, a solo shot to left field.
Two innings later, Butler planted another run on the scoreboard. The Channahon, Ill. native lifted the 2-2 pitch over the wall in right field for his ninth homer of the season.
Butler scored another run in the bottom of the seventh, one of three in the inning. With one away in the frame, Butler drilled a triple off the wall in left field. Two batters later, junior designated hitter Terrell Tatum drew a full-count walk that allowed Butler to score on the wild ball-four. Brown added to the scoring with a two-run bomb immediately after the free pass to Tatum, concluding NC State’s run production for the evening.
The Wolfpack returns to action Friday as the team travels to Pitt for a three-game ACC matchup with the Panthers. First pitch from Charles L. Cost Field is set for 6 p.m.