RALEIGH, N.C. — After a dominant start to the season, No. 7 NC State (2-0) picked up its first series win of the year, holding on against Evansville (0-2) Saturday afternoon at Doak Field, 6-4.

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Matt Willadsen started on the mound and struck out six Purple Aces while allowing one hit and four walks in 4-2/3 innings. Senior left-hander Canaan Silver (1-0, 6.00 ERA) picked up the win after three innings of relief. The Nebo, N.C. native struck out three batters and allowed two hits and one walk with his only major blemish coming in the eighth inning where he gave up a two-run home run to Evansville first baseman Tanner Craig.

Redshirt sophomore righty Logan Whitaker followed Silver, making his first appearance in the red and white after missing action mostly due to injury. The Ledford HS standout surrendered two runs in his 1-1/3 innings of work, but he struck out one batter while allowing just two hits and one walk to shut the door on the Aces.

The Wolfpack plated its first two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Redshirt junior third baseman Josh Hood led off with a ground-rule double, followed by a walk to freshman catcher Jacob Cozart. Senior second baseman J.T. Jarrett bunted both runners to second and third before sophomore right fielder Noah Soles singled to drive Hood home. Two batters later, senior center fielder Devonte Brown plated Cozart with a single up the middle.

Continuing his success from the day before, freshman first baseman Tommy White broke the game open with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the sixth inning. Soles led off with a single before moving to second on a groundout. Brown followed with a walk before a single by sophomore left fielder LuJames Groover, III loaded the bases for White. Facing a 3-1 count, the St. Pete Beach, Fla. product blasted the next pitch he saw over the fence in center for a grand slam, his fourth home run in only his second collegiate game.

The Wolfpack wraps up its series with the Aces Sunday afternoon. First pitch from the Doak is set for 1 p.m.

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