After blowing out Boston College in the series opener, NC State had a much closer affair on Saturday afternoon. In the end, the Wolfpack prevailed, 5-4, to clinch the series and improve to 7-10 in ACC play.
The Eagles jumped out to the early lead in the bottom of the 1st. Sal Frelick worked a one-out walk, moved to 3rd on a Cody Morrissette double (on which Devonte Brown threw him out at 2nd), and scored on a two-out single by Luke Gold.
Devonte Brown tied the game up in the 3rd with a lead off home run that was completely destroyed, landing up by the road that goes around the outfield. Absolutely massive shot.
BC answered putting up three runs over the next two frames to take a 4-1 lead. That score would hold until the top of the 7th when State would finally get to Eagles starter Emmet Sheehan.
With Sheehan visibly fading, BC left him in two batters too long. Brown worked a one-out walk, JT Jarrett followed with a single, and then Austin Murr singled home Brown, sending Jarrett to 3rd and Sheehan to the dugout.
With BC’s best pitcher off the mound and the team having to rely on their weak spot, the bullpen, NC State jumped on the opportunity and took their first lead of the game. Tyler McDonough started things off by taking the first pitch from Eagles reliever Joey Walsh and sending it to the left field wall for an RBI double. Some good base running and some luck then got the next two runners across for State. Luca Tresh had a check swing dribbler down the third base line. Murr was off on the pitch and would score regardless of the outcome of the play, but the throw to 1st sailed high allowing McDonough to score and give State the 5-4 lead.
Wolfpack starter Sam Highfill produced a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the 7th. After hitting the first batter of the 8th, Highfill was lifted for Evan Justice. Facing top MLB Draft prospect Sal Frelick, Justice induced a 6-3 double play on a fantastic defensive play by Jose Torres. A line out to left ended the BC 8th.
Gold led off the bottom of the 9th for BC with a double to right-center, BC’s first hit since the 4th inning. Vojtech Mensik made a fantastic play - with a nice assist on a scoop at 1st by Murr - to get the first out of the inning. A ground out to first and a strikeout would end the game, earning Justice the save and the Wolfpack the win.
Terrell Tatum was the only Wolfpack player on the day with multiple hits, going 2-for-4. Brown (1-3, HR, 2 R, RBI, BB) and Jarrett (1-3, R, BB) also reached base safely twice.
Highfill’s final line: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP.
Justice’s final line: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.
The final game of the series is set for tomorrow at 1:00pm.