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State evens series with Seminoles

Long ball lifts Pack

Florida State Seminoles v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

NC State rebounded from Friday night’s flop to even the series with visiting Florida State. Evan Mendoza staked the Pack nine to a 3-0 lead with a first-inning homer, and the good guys held on from there to win 4-3.

Mendoza took Tyler Holton, who pitched seven no-hit innings a week earlier against UNC, yard with two outs, scoring Stephen Pitarra, who had led off the game with a single, and Josh McLain, who had walked. So much for a second no-hit bid.

All of State’s scoring came on the long ball. Brad Debo made it 4-0 with a solo shot in the fourth. Debo, Mendoza, and Pitarra all finished with a pair of hits.

Brian Brown earned his first decision of the season, getting the win with 6.1 innings of two-run ball. Tommy DeJuneas allowed the Seminoles to claw to within a run, but Austin Staley and Cody Beckman combined for a scoreless ninth to preserve the win. The save was Beckman’s first of his junior campaign.

NC State can get its second ACC series win, and move to 7-8 in league play, by winning the rubber match today at 1 p.m.