Well hot dang, look at the NC State baseball team showing life and taking care of business. The Wolfpack scored 14 runs on 16 hits Sunday afternoon to complete a very necessary three-game sweep of Virginia Tech. NC State improved to 25-20 (11-13) with the 14-2 victory.
The top of the order set the tone for the Wolfpack, accounting for nine hits and 10 runs scored, led by Josh McLain, who went 5-for-6 and scored four times. Despite a o-fer at the plate, Joe Dunand still drove in three runs from the cleanup spot, and he also walked three times. (Teams are really afraid to pitch to Dunand these days, and understandably so.)
NC State got two runs in the first after loading the bases with nobody out, then scored six in the second during a two-out rally that was aided by Hokies mistakes. State plated two runs on walks, one on a wild pitch, and another on a throwing error.
That was more than enough offense, as Brian Brown allowed one run while scattering four hits over seven innings. He struck out eight and walked three. He has been very good in the last couple of starts, which hopefully is a sign—despite the subpar competition—that he’s putting everything back together for this last stretch. It has not been an easy year for him.
NC State just finished up a good week that included a solid road win at ECU. Now they gotta keep it rolling, because there are still no potential resume-boosting wins in sight—they simply have to keep taking care of inferior teams. That starts with a three-game set against Delaware next weekend.