BRIGHTON, Mass. — Despite the Eagles knotting the score at three in the eighth, top-ranked NC State baseball managed to once again find a way to win late as it held off Boston College on Friday evening in its series opener at Harrington Athletics Village in Brighton, Mass., 6-5.
The Wolfpack continues to lead the nation and Atlantic Coast Conference in wins, as it improves to 28-3 on the season and 11-2 in ACC play. The Eagles move to 14-16 overall and 5-8 in conference action.
Additionally, the squad remains unbeaten on the road, improving to 9-0 in true away games.
In game two, highlighted by a five-run burst in the third and six-run surge in the sixth, NC State baseball its fifth ACC series win of the season with a dominant 16-4 victory over Boston College on Saturday afternoon.
For the 11th time this season, the Wolfpack scored double-digit runs in a single game to improve to 29-3 overall and 12-2 in league play. The Eagles fall to 14-17 overall and 5-9 in conference action.
The victory over the Eagles marks the team’s second-straight series win against BC, including its first series win at Boston College since April 13-14, 2013.
On Sunday, NC State was unable to overcome a late deficit in its series finale with Boston College as it suffered a 3-1 loss.
With the score knotted at one through seven-and-a-half innings, the Eagles tacked on two in the eighth and was able to hold off the Wolfpack’s threat of runners at second and third with one out in the ninth.
The Wolfpack moves to 29-4 overall and 12-3 in ACC play, while the Eagles avoid the sweep to improve to 15-17 on the season and 6-9 in league play.
HOUSTON, Texas — Lael Lockhart, Jr. tossed a career-high 7.2 scoreless innings, while Jared Triolo led a trio of Cougars with multiple hits helping Houston to a 2-0 win over No. 11 ECU in American Athletic Conference action at Schroeder Park Friday night. With the win the Cougars improve to 17-13 overall and 3-4 in league play, while the Pirates’ 10-game win streak came to an end as they fall to 22-7 on the year and 6-1 in conference action.
On Saturday, ECU completed a doubleheader sweep of Houston (15-3, 3-1) to clinch its third-straight series win in American Athletic Conference action Saturday at Schroeder Field.
With the two wins, the Pirates improve to 24-7 overall and 8-1 in league play while the Cougars fall to 17-15 and 3-6.
The series win marks the first for the Pirates between the two clubs since 2016 (in Greenville) and the first in Houston since 2011.
ATLANTA — No. 9 North Carolina jumped on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets early by scoring five runs in the first three innings en route to an 11-4 win on Friday night in Atlanta. Tyler Baum picked up his sixth win of the season after throwing 5.2 innings and striking out six batters while Caleb Roberts, Aaron Sabato, Brandon Martorano, and Ike Freeman all had multi-hit games for the Tar Heels.
The win makes the Tar Heels 8-5 in ACC play, giving them a one-game lead over Georgia Tech in the Coastal Division.
On Saturday, UNC rallied from a seven-run deficit to tie the game against Georgia Tech, but the Tar Heels fell just short as the Yellow Jackets won 11-10. The Heels scored eight runs in the final three innings to tie the game at 10 in the top of the ninth inning, but Georgia Tech’s sacrifice fly with one out in the bottom of the frame dashed the Tar Heel comeback hopes.
Freshman Danny Serretti put on an offensive clinic going 5-for-5 with four RBI and three doubles to lead the way offensively for the Heels. Caleb Roberts and Brandon Martorano also had multi-hit games while Martorano was the only other Tar Heel with multiple RBI besides Serretti.
In the series finale, tehe Tar Heels fell to Georgia Tech, 10-5, as the Yellow Jackets picked up the series-clinching win. The Tar Heels were lead offensively by Michael Busch who went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in the third inning and Aaron Sabato who hit a solo home run in the fourth inning.
DURHAM — Another standout day on the mound from graduate student Ben Gross coupled with a two-out, two-run home run from sophomore Joey Loperfido pushed the Duke baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of Pittsburgh on Saturday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Duke (16-15, 5-9 ACC) reeled off a 2-0 win in game one and capped the evening with a comeback 6-5 game two victory against Pittsburgh (8-21, 2-12 ACC) to snap a five-game conference losing streak.
Duke baseball head coach Chris Pollard netted his 600th career win as sophomore Joey Loperfido’s walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning delivered junior Matt Mervis with the game-winning run to lead Duke to a 10-9 victory and weekend sweep of Pittsburgh on Sunday.