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NC State mounts another late game comeback, beats Charlotte to remain unbeaten

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Facing a three-run deficit in the 8th inning, the Wolfpack complete the comeback to win 6-5 on the road

The Greek God of Gunning Down Runners
GoPack.com, James Guillory

Y’all ain’t never gonna believe what happened in this one...

Down 4-1 heading into the 8th inning, NC State did what it has done all year: got the bats hot and plated just enough runs to come home with the win.

Thanks to a 3-run home run by SO C Patrick Bailey in the 8th, an RBI single by JR SS Will Wilson in the 9th, a 9th inning bases loaded RBI walk by JR DH Brad Debo, and Bailey gunning down a base runner in the bottom of the 9th, the Wolfpack were able to come away with the 6-5 victory. The win moves the squad to 16-0 on the season.

Charlotte struck first in the 3rd inning, tallying two runs on four hits (all singles). NC State got one run back in the 5th on a single by JR LF Jonny Butler that scored JR RF Lawson McArthur, who had reached on a walk earlier in the inning.

The 49ers extended their lead by a run each in the 6th and 7th innings. In the 6th, Charlotte’s best hitter (RS-SR RF Dominick Cammarata) hit a solo home run. In the 7th, the 49ers used a double, an unfortunate balk, and a two-out, full count single to plate another run and push their lead to 4-1.

NC State wasted no time in bouncing right back. Wilson led off the top of the 8th with a walk, SR 1B Evan Edwards followed with a single, and Bailey tied the game on his 3-run HR. Charlotte threatened in the bottom of the inning with a one-out double, but JR LHP Kent Klyman came in to end the threat, retiring the next two batters in order.

SO RF Terrell Tatum doubled to lead off the inning. With two outs, Wilson (2-for-4, BB, 2 R, RBI) would come through to drive in Tatum (2-for-3, 2B, BB, R), who had advanced to third base on a groundout. The next three hitters would all reach base, pushing in another run to advanced the Wolfpack lead to 6-4. Edwards (2-for-5, R) had another single, Bailey (1-for-4, HR, HBP, R, 3 RBI) was hit by a pitch, and Debo (0-2, 3 BB, RBI) walked to drive in Wilson.

Charlotte did not go quietly in the 9th.

After a one-out infield single, 49ers JR 2B Carson Johnson (3-for-5, 2B, R, 3 RBI) hit a double down the left field line that would cut the lead to 6-5. RS-SO RHP Dalton Feeney would come on to relieve Klyman (1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K) and attempt to lock down both the save and the win for the Wolfpack. Johnson made a critical mistake on a ball in the dirt, attempting to take third base on a block by Bailey. Showing off why he’s one of the top catchers in the country, Bailey gunned down Johnson on a play that wasn’t even close to record the second out of the inning. Feeney would get the next hitter, RS-SR C Harris Yett (3-for-5, 2B), a player who started his career at NC State, to fly out to shallow right field to end the game.

Aside from allowing the Cammarata home run, FR RHP Baker Nelson pitched very well in relief, as the long ball was the only hit he allowed over three innings while walking one and striking out two.

The Pack have a quick turnaround as they’ll be back in action Wednesday afternoon at 4:00pm back home against George Mason.