RALEIGH, N.C. — No. 7 NC State (4-0) continued its hot start with a demonstrative win over High Point (0-4) Tuesday afternoon at Doak Field, 18-3.
Redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Logan Adams (1-0, 3.18 ERA) made his Wolfpack debut after previously playing for Charleston Southern and College of Central Florida. The Wilmington, N.C. product picked up the win after giving up four hits, one of which was a two-run homer by Panther left fielder Sam Zayicek, and three walks while striking out seven batters in 5-2/3 innings.
Another newcomer to Raleigh, freshman right-hander Carson Kelly, relieved Adams and held High Point hitless over his 2-1/3 innings of work. The Sanford, N.C. product struck out four batters while yielding just one walk before giving way to freshman southpaw Jacob Dienes who surrendered one run on two walks allowed in the ninth inning.
Wasting no time, the Pack scored its first run in the bottom of the first inning, aided by a pair of Panther errors. Senior center fielder Devonte Brown reached on a throwing miscue. Freshman first baseman Tommy White moved Brown to second on a single up the middle. Two batters later, sophomore designated hitter Dominic Pilolli hit into what could have been a double play but resulted in an RBI fielder’s choice as Brown raced home on an errant throw.
State broke the game wide open in the bottom of the second inning as eight runners crossed the plate in the frame. Senior second baseman J.T. Jarrett led off with a double before coming home on an RBI single by sophomore right fielder Noah Soles. Freshman shortstop Payton Green and Brown hit back-to-back single to load the bases for White who drove Soles and Green home with a base hit up the middle. Two batters later, Pilolli got beaned to load the bases yet again. Hood drew a walk to bring Brown home. After a sacrifice fly by freshman catcher Jacob Cozart to drive in White, Jarrett drilled a three-run home run over the wall in left field.
The next Wolfpack run came in the bottom of the fourth. Sophomore left fielder LuJames Groover, III singled to start the frame. After moving to second on a wild pitch, the former Charlotte 49er scored on an RBI single by Pilolli, his former teammate in the Queen City. Five more runs came in the next inning, started by Brown who crushed a one-out homer over the wall in center field. White followed with a single then came home on a double by Groover. After a pair of walks to Pilolli and Hood to load the bases, junior Jacob Godman pinch-hit for Cozart and drove Groover home with a sacrifice fly. Jarrett followed with a two-run double to bring home Hood and freshman Chase Nixon, pinch-running for Pilolli.
After Zayicek’s homer in the top of the sixth, the Pack answered in the home half by bringing another runner home. Brown drew a one-out walk, advanced to second on a groundout, and scored on an RBI single by Groover. In the seventh inning, sophomore DeAngelo Giles, who had entered as a pinch runner for Jarrett following the fifth-inning double, tacked on State’s final two runs with his first collegiate home run. Godman, who reached base thanks to a beanball, also scored on the four-bagger.
The Wolfpack returns to action Wednesday, Feb. 23 as Longwood travels to Doak Field. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.