TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – NC State Baseball (11-8, 1-4 ACC) split its doubleheader with No. 8 Florida State (13-6, 4-2 ACC) Sunday at Dick Howser Stadium, winning Game 2 of the series, 15-4, and rubber dropout, 6-5, in 17 innings.
The rubber game was the longest game for NC State since June 9, 2013, when it defeated Rice, 5-4 (17), in the NCAA Super Regional to qualify for the College World Series. Additionally, there were 54 combined strikeouts in the game, which set an NCAA record.
First game recap
The Wolfpack started the day with an outstanding performance on the starting pitcher’s mound matt willadsen (1-1). The win was Willadsen’s first of the year, as he allowed just five hits in six innings while striking out a season-high seven batters.
Willadsen was relieved in the seventh inning by Baker Nelson, which launched the final three images in the contest. Nelson’s efforts were enough to earn his first save of the year, striking out three and allowing one run in three innings.
A solid effort on the mound was topped off with seven more hits, including a two-homer performance by Tommy White. He currently ranks second in the NCAA with 11 home runs on the year.
The Pack broke the ice in the first set when Josh Hood lined house JT Jarret go ahead 1-0. White then gave NC State a 3-0 advantage with its first home run of the day in the third, which was followed by Florida State tackling its own run on James Tibbs’ RBI single late in the fourth to move up. on the tray. .
The Wolfpack offense then found its rhythm in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, scoring three, five and four runs respectively.
Although he only hit a single ball out of the infield in the sixth NC State turned three-pointers on a small ball attack to extend the lead to 6-1, but the Seminoles responded in the bottom half with a two-run homer from Brock Mathis to make it 6-3.
In the seventh, White hit his second home run of the day to add two more runs, then RBI singles from Devonte Brown and Jacob Cozart and a passed ball extended the Pack’s lead to 11-3.
Dominique Pilolli contributed his own two-run homer in the eighth, alongside a 2-RBI brace from Brown that added to NC State’s impressive performance in the batting box.
Florida State recovered a run in the ninth inning on a sack fly, but it wasn’t enough to make a comeback as the Pack won Game 2 of the series, 15-4.
Chestnut, LuJames Groover III and Hood had three hits apiece, a team high, while White (4 RBI), Brown (3 RBI), and Pilolli (3 RBI) combined for 10 of the team’s 14 runs.
Match 2 recap
Game 3 of the series was a thrilling one, with the Wolfpack fighting back from a 3-0 deficit heading into the sixth inning to force the extras.
After FSU scored three runs in the fifth on a Brett Roberts single and a Wolfpack error with the bases loaded, NC State scored one run each in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to tie the game. The points came on a sack fly from Hood in the sixth, an RBI single from Payton Green in the seventh, and a solo home run from Hood in the eighth.
Brown sent a two-run shot over the right field wall in the 12th inning to give the Wolfpack a 5-3 lead, but Florida State’s Alex Toral responded with his own two-run home run in the lower half to force a 13th frame. .
The scoring was then halted until the 17th inning when Jaime Ferrer of the Seminoles hit right field to win the series for Florida State in walk-off mode.
The series finale was highlighted by the remarkable efforts of Logan Whitaker and Chris Villaman on the mound. Whitaker started the game allowing just one hit in 3.1 scoreless innings while Villaman scattered four hits and struck out 12 batters to tie his career-high 5.0 scoreless innings in relief.
Hood led the team with a 4-for-6 outing with two RBIs, while Groover and Green finished the last drink with two hits apiece. Brown was also responsible for two RBIs in the contest.
The Wolfpack will be back in action at Doak Field in Dail Park on Tuesday when they host NC A&T. The first pitch is set for 6 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ACCNX with an audio stream on WKNC 88.1 and the Varsity Network app.