BUIES CREEK, N.C. — In its first road game of the season, No. 4 NC State (8-1) dropped its first contest of 2022 versus Campbell (3-6) Wednesday evening at Jim Perry Stadium, 7-4.
Redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Logan Adams started on the mound for the Wolfpack and yielded two runs in three innings of work. The Wilmington, N.C. native struck out two batters while allowing three hits and one walk before leaving the game.
Redshirt sophomore right-hander Logan Whitaker (1-1, 2.45 ERA) relieved Adams and surrendered three runs, two earned, in one inning on the mound. On an evening designated for bullpen action, State sent a carousel of relievers after Whitaker which included freshman righty Carson Kelly, sophomore southpaw John Miralia, junior right-hander Baker Nelson, senior lefty Canaan Silver, sophomore righty Justin Lawson, and sophomore lefty Tristan Sipple. Kelly and Nelson each hurled for 1-1/3 innings with the remainder pitching for less than one inning of work. Kelly and Silver each gave up one run to the Camels with Kelly’s being unearned.
The Wolfpack struck first in the top of the first inning with one run. Senior center fielder Devonte Brown reached base on a Campbell error, then moved to third base on an errant pickoff throw. Two batters later, sophomore second baseman LuJames Groover, III drove Brown home on a groundout.
Two more runs came home for NC State in the next inning. Freshman right fielder Will Marcy led off with a single. Two batters later, freshman shortstop Payton Green walked after Marcy stole second base. Sophomore left fielder Eddie Eisert followed with a single to load the bases. Brown then reached on an RBI beanball, bringing Marcy home. Two batters later, Green scored on a wild pitch. The Camels would respond with two runs in the bottom half of the frame.
Campbell took the lead with three runs in the fifth inning and padded its lead with another run in the sixth. Brown answered in the top of the seventh with his third home run of the season. However, the Camels added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth and held NC State off the scoreboard in the top of the ninth despite allowing three baserunners in the inning.
The Wolfpack returns home for a three-game series versus Northeastern starting Friday, March 4. First pitch from Doak Field is set for 3 p.m.