Offense continued to be an issue for N. C. State, which managed just two earned runs in Tuesday's game against visiting Charlotte, but Logan Jernigan and Ethan Ogburn did not need much in the way of run support as the two combined to shutout the 49ers. Normally weekend starters, Jernigan and Ogburn piggybacked the midweek game after ill weather forced the cancellation of the Pack's Saturday and Sunday contests against Appalachian State.
The 5-0 win over Charlotte evened the Pack's season record at 1-1 and was Coach Elliott Avent's 600th win.
Jernigan, as he is wont to do, struggled with his command but made pitches to wriggle out of jams over four shutout frames. He surrendered three hits, walked four, and uncorked a wild pitch while needing 81 pitches to get 12 outs. Ogburn was much more efficient, throwing 63 pitches over five innings. The senior righty allowed just two baserunners and rolled nine groundball outs since strikeouts are fascist. He was credited with the win in relief even though Jernigan left the game with the lead because Jernigan did not go five innings (#arbitrarysportsrules).
N. C. State's Trea Turner, as he is wont to do, sparked the offense, finishing 2-for-3 with two runs, a walk, a stolen base, and an RBI. Turner has four hits, four runs, and three stolen bases through two games. The sophomore shortstop led off the third with a single, went to second on a passed ball, advanced to third on a flyout off the bat of Sam Morgan, and scored on Brett Austin's dribbler up the first base line for the Pack's first run.
It stayed 1-0 until the 7th when Turner's two-out double plated pinch runner Chance Shepard from third. It might be one of the few times Turner sees anything to hit with two outs and a base open. Morgan continued the clutch hitting, plating Turner to push the lead to 3-0.
Brett Williams reached on an error to start the eighth, eventually leading to a pair of unearned runs on Jake Armstrong's two-out triple. Williams, who tore his ACL in the 2012 season opener, saw his first action of the season and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Lefty John Hamilton pitched well in defeat, going six and two third innings and allowing 5 hits while walking one and fanning five. Only one of the two runs charged to him was earned. Hamilton, a senior, entered the game with an impressive career ERA of 2.83, though this was just his second career start.
Jake Fincher and Will Nance each posted a pair of hits for the Pack, who host Villanova Friday at the Doak at 3 p.m.