RALEIGH — No. 17 NC State baseball opened its series with Clemson on Friday evening at Doak Field at Dail Park with a 6-1 victory. The Wolfpack jumped out to a 4-0 lead through two innings with two runs apiece in each frame, then Tyler McDonough’s two-run triple in the seventh provided the team with a 6-0 lead. The Tigers avoided the shutout with a solo homer in the ninth. In game two, for just the fourth time this season, N.C. State went to extra innings but ultimately dropped a 4-3 (10) result on Saturday afternoon at Doak Field at Dail Park. Clemson led for six-and-a-half innings, but the Wolfpack managed to tie it up in the seventh and force the contest to 10 innings. The Tigers ultimately came out on top to even the series. On Sunday, N.C. State jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back, as it closed out its home slate with an 8-3 victory over Clemson. It was a complete effort at the plate and on the mound, as the Wolfpack picked up its first ACC series win since April 6 (at Boston College) and sixth of the year. Including nonconference opponents, N.C. State has won nine series this season. The Wolfpack improve to 39-14 on the year and 16-11 in ACC play, while the Tigers fall to 30-22 overall and 13-14 in conference action.
Chapel Hill — 12 North Carolina fell to Pittsburgh 7-1 on Friday night on a blustery evening at Charles L. Cost Field. Aaron Sabato continued his hot streak going 2-for-4 at the plate while Michael Busch reached base for the 21st consecutive game, a new career high. On Saturday, the Tar Heels split their doubleheader with Pittsburgh but ended up losing the series in the third and final game of the weekend. Austin Bergner dominated the first game of the doubleheader by throwing a career-high 8.0 innings while he shut out the Panthers during those eight innings and retired 18 consecutive batters en route to the Heels 10-6 win. In the second game of the doubleheader, UNC took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning before Pittsburgh scored five unanswered runs to win 7-3 and clinch the series. In both games on Saturday afternoon, Aaron Sabato continued his hot streak by going 4-for-9 (.444) with a double, home run and three RBI while Brandon Martorano went 3-for-7 (.429) with four RBI.
DURHAM — A pair of home runs, four total hits, six runs batted in and three scored from Baron Radcliffe powered No. 7 Georgia Tech past Duke 14-10 on Friday night inside Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Yellow Jackets held leads of 2-0, 5-1, 10-3 and 12-5 before Duke was able to cut the deficit down three at 12-9 going to the ninth inning. The Blue Devils put the first two runners on in the bottom of the frame, but could not bring the tying run to the plate as Georgia Tech held on for the victory. On Saturday, a pair of five-run innings, three home runs and 10 runs scored with two outs powered No. 7 Georgia Tech to a 15-3 win against Duke. Five Yellow Jackets recorded multiple RBI and six had multiple-hit days as Georgia Tech secured the series win. Kyle McCann led the way with two home runs, five runs batted in and two scored to back Connor Thomas’ seven-inning performance on the mound. In the series finale, four home runs and a solid pitching performance from sophomore Bryce Jarvis carried Duke to a 10-4 Sunday win against No. 7 Georgia Tech at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Sophomore Michael Rothenberg, senior Kennie Taylor, junior Erikson Nichols and sophomore Joey Loperfido all hit home runs, accounting for seven of the Blue Devils’ runs in the game.
WICHITA, KS. — Jake Agnos tossed seven shutout innings, while Alec Burleson drove in four runs helping No. 8 ECU to a 6-1 win over Wichita State Friday night at Eck Stadium. On Saturday, Clayton McGinness tossed his first career complete game helping Wichita State to a 3-1 American Athletic Conference win over ECU. On Sunday, Lane Hoover recorded a pair of hits and scored twice, while Tyler Smith allowed two runs over five frames helping ECU to a 7-3 series win over Wichita State. With the win the Pirates improve to 39-12 overall and 18-3 in league play, while the Shockers drop to 23-28 on the season and 7-14 in AAC action.