RALEIGH, N.C. — No. 17 NC State (9-6, 0-2 ACC) found itself on the losing end of its first conference series of the season as No. 3 Notre Dame (11-1, 2-0 ACC) came to Doak Field and won both games in a weather-shortened, two-game set.

Game 1: Notre Dame 8, NC State 4 (12)

The Wolfpack managed to strike early in Friday’s contest, but the Irish’s bullpen held strong as Notre Dame rallied to win in 12 innings, 8-4.

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Sam Highfill started on the mound for State and struck out six batters in 6-1/3 innings. However, he surrendered three runs on five hits and one walk before exiting in favor of senior left-hander Canaan Silver who finished pitching the seventh inning, allowing one hit.

Sophomore righty Garrett Payne followed with an inning of work, yielding one run on two hits and one walk with two strikeouts thrown. Sophomore southpaw Chris Villaman (1-2, 6.94 ERA) followed with 3-1/3 innings of work, picking up the loss after giving up three of the Irish’s four runs in the 12th inning, two earned, despite striking out three batters while only allowing two hits and one walk in his tenure. Freshman right-hander Carson Kelly surrendered an unearned run on two hits in his 2/3 inning on the bump.

State jumped ahead early with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Senior second baseman J.T. Jarrett led off with a single up the middle. Freshman designated hitter Tommy White followed with a double down the left-field line. After sophomore first baseman LuJames Groover, III reached on a fielder’s choice with Jarrett caught between third base and home, redshirt junior third baseman Josh Hood drove White home on an RBI groundout. Senior center fielder Devonte Brown plated Groover immediately after with a single but got thrown out at second base trying to extend the hit.

The Pack’s final two runs came in the bottom of the third inning. White reached base on a two-out single. Groover added a single immediately after, then moved to second on a Notre Dame error as white scooted to third. Hood plated both runners with a single through the left side but was left stranded on the base paths, despite moving to third base on a pair of wild pitches, after an inning-ending strikeout.

Game 2: Notre Dame 11, NC State 4

After weather concerns resulted in Saturday’s scheduled contested getting cancelled, the Irish took the lead in Sunday’s game early and never looked back as State dropped the series finale, 11-4.

Sophomore right-hander Matt Willadsen (0-1, 3.80 ERA) picked up the loss after giving up four runs, one earned, on four hits and two walks in seven innings of work. After throwing 122 pitches and striking out six Irish batters, Willadsen was relieved by Kelly who surrendered four more runs, two earned, on two hits and one walk in one inning. Senior southpaw David Harrison and junior righty Baker Nelson pitched in the ninth inning with Harrison giving up three runs on three hits and one walk while Nelson recorded two strikeouts.

With Notre Dame scoring three runs in the first inning and one run in the third, the Pack added its first three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Freshman right fielder Will Marcy reached on a one-out single to the Irish shortstop. Sophomore left fielder Eddie Eisert followed with a double that moved Marcy to third. Freshman shortstop Payton Green then grounded the first pitch he saw up the middle for a two-run single. After moving to second on a sacrifice bunt, Green scored on a Jarrett single. Despite cutting the Notre Dame lead to one, NC State’s offense was silenced for the rest of the game aside for Hood’s third home run of the season, a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The Wolfpack returns to action on Tuesday, March 15 as NC State travels to Elon for a non-conference matchup. First pitch from Latham Park is set for 4 p.m.

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