CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Third-seeded NC State (30-16) dominated two-seed Georgia Tech (29-23) Saturday evening at Truist Field, 8-1.
With the win, the Wolfpack earned its spot in the 2021 ACC Championship Game for the first time since 2015. NC State will look to win its first conference title since 1992.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Sam Highfill (6-2, 4.02 ERA) hurled 97 pitches in 6-1/3 innings of work. The Apex, N.C. native struck out five while allowing one run on four hits and three walks en route to the win. Junior left-hander Evan Justice earned his ninth save of the season after 2-2/3 shutout innings in relief, retiring all seven batters faced, including a double-play grounder to the first Yellow Jacket in line.
Junior second baseman J.T. Jarrett put the Wolfpack on the scoreboard in the top of the second inning. Junior designated hitter Terrell Tatum drew a leadoff walk to start. Two batters later, sophomore catcher Luca Tresh doubled down the left-field line to move Tatum to third. Junior right fielder Devonte Brown then walked to load the bases. After an infield fly, Jarrett lined a double into the left-field corner that drove Tatum, Tresh, and Brown home.
Georgia Tech’s Luke Waddell trimmed the deficit by one with an RBI groundout in the bottom of the third inning. Tresh answered in the top of the fourth with a solo home run, his 12th of the season.
State tacked on an additional run in the top of the eighth inning. Junior left fielder Jonny Butler reached base on a one-out walk. After moving to second on a balk, Butler would score on a single by freshman shortstop Jose Torres.
In the ninth inning, sophomore third baseman Vojtech Mensik would score another run after walking, stealing second and third base, and crossing the plate on a Georgia Tech error. Jarrett would get beaned shortly thereafter. Two batters later, sophomore center fielder Tyler McDonough delivered the final blow: a two-run homer off the fair pole in left field.
The Wolfpack’s quest for conference supremacy comes to a head Sunday against the Blue Devils. First pitch from the Queen City is set for noon.