RALEIGH, N.C. — No. 7 NC State (3-0) silenced Evansville (0-3) offensively Sunday afternoon at Doak Field to pick up the shutout victory, 7-0.
Senior left-handed pitcher David Harrison (1-0, 0.00 ERA) earned the win after hurling six innings, only yielding four hits and two walks while striking out four Purple Aces. Sophomore right-hander Garrett Payne added a pair of innings on the mound, striking out two batters and only allowing one hit. Sophomore righty Justin Lawson pitched a perfect ninth inning to seal the three-game sweep.
The Wolfpack’s first three runs came in the bottom of the second inning. Redshirt junior third baseman Josh Hood led off with a double to left field. Freshman catcher Jacob Cozart followed with a walk. Senior second baseman J.T. Jarrett drove Hood home with a single for the game’s first run. Two batters later, freshman shortstop Payton Green plated Cozart and Jarrett after a wild pitch moved the pair into scoring position.
State added another run in the bottom of the third inning. Sophomore designated hitter Dominic Pilolli reached base on a leadoff single. Three batters later, Jarrett notched a base hit, moving Pilolli to second base. Sophomore right fielder Noah Soles followed with an RBI single to right field, plating Pilolli.
Freshman first baseman Tommy White put two more runs on the scoreboard for the Pack in the next inning. Sophomore left fielder LuJames Groover, III managed to reach base thanks to an Evansville error. White immediately followed by launching a 1-0 pitch over the wall in left-center field for a two-run bomb, his fifth home run in an NC State uniform.
The final run of the game came in the bottom of the eighth inning. Senior center fielder Devonte Brown led off with a single through the left side. After stealing second base, Brown advanced to third base on a wild pitch after White was walked intentionally. Following a strikeout, Brown crossed the plate in the next at-bat thanks to a passed ball.
The Wolfpack returns to action Tuesday, Feb. 22 against High Point. First pitch from Doak Field is set for 3 p.m.