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Pack 9 handle Governors in series opener

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NC State improves to 3-1 on the young season

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Three NC State pitchers combined to strike out 15 Governors, and Brock Deatherage went 4-for-4 with a home run as the Pack got off on the good foot in their weekend series against Austin Peay with a 9-3 win.

Sean Adler fanned a career-high 10 to earn his second win in as many starts, going 5.1 innings and allowing just a run on a solo shot from Alex Robles. For a second straight start, Adler surrendered just one free pass; however, unlike his one-K performance against Hawai’i, the senior lefty had his strikeout stuff working. He’s yielded just one run in 10.1 innings on the season for a surprising 0.87 ERA after he struggled mightily last season out of the pen.

Austin Staley fanned a pair in 1.2 innings. Evan Braband got three of his six outs via strikeout but surrendered a two-run bomb in the ninth.

Deatherage finished a triple shy of the cycle. After doubling, he scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the first on an RBI groundout by Brett Kinneman. Deatherage’s two-run homer made it 3-0 in the bottom of the second. Kinneman blasted a three-run bomb in the sixth to make the score 7-1 and effectively put the game away.

Josh McLain had three hits and scored four times for the Pack; freshman Will Wilson continued his hot start with a pair of hits to get to an even .400 on the season.

The two clubs square off again tomorrow at the Doak at 2 p.m. The game can be streamed through the ACC Network Extra (which is more or less WatchESPN).