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NC State stymies Spartans in midweek tilt

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Johnny Piedmonte was great, and he got plenty of support.

Troy v North Carolina State
They should really have Mr. Wuf do push-ups in a game like this.
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NC State showed a sense of urgency Tuesday night against UNC-Greensboro, jumping out to a 3-0 lead on a Brett Kinneman homer in the second and cruising to a 10-1 win over the Spartans. Freshmen Brad Debo and Will Wilson each enjoyed four-hit games and drove in a pair apiece. On the mound, Johnny Piedmonte carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and was touched for just one run over his seven strong frames.

The round-tripper was Kinneman’s sixth of the season and third in his last four games. Joe Dunand added his team-leading 12th bomb in the fifth.

Piedmonte dropped his ERA to 2.33 on the season, a mark that would lead the team if he had enough innings to qualify. The Spartans are no slouches at the plate, either; they came in batting .330 as a team and had won 14 of their last 16. UNCG has wins over power five teams South Carolina and Michigan State and took two of three from Western Carolina, a team that beat the Pack in Raleigh earlier this year.

Dalton Feeney pitched the eighth and Cody Beckman got the ninth for the Pack. Stephen Pitarra continued his fine work setting the table of late with a couple of hits. The only negative was an atypical performance from Josh McLain, who went 0-for-5 and managed to hit into a pair of double plays.

All eyes now turn to Chapel Hill, where State will desperately need to pick up at least one resume-building win over the weekend. The first of three with UNC is Friday night at 6:30.