For the second straight game, NC State found themselves in the midst of a pitching duel. And for the second straight game, NC State found a way to come out on top.
With the win, the Wolfpack improve to 14-11 overall and 8-10 in ACC play. After a 1-8 start to conference play, State has positioned themselves well for a finishing kick to the season.
Matt Willadsen was the story of this game, tossing a complete game, 2-hit shutout. It was his first complete game of his Wolfpack career. The two hits by Boston College hitters came via an infield single in the 1st inning - a play that could have relatively easily been rule an error - and a 9th inning bloop single that landed on the line in right field. Aside from running low on gas in the final frame, Willadsen was masterful in this one. He walked four, but also struck out five Eagles hitters.
NC State was able to finally scratch the first run of the game in the top of the 7th inning. Jonny Butler led off with a double - his 2nd of the game - to RF. With one out, Terrell Tatum bunted for a hit to move Butler to 3rd base. Vojtech Mensik then bunted Butler home via a sacrifice and a 1-0 State lead.
The Pack provided some insurance in the 8th via a Jose Torres bases-clearing double. Austin Murr singled with one out, stole 2nd base, and advanced to 3rd on a Luca Tresh infield single. After a Tresh steal of 2nd and a Butler walk, Torres lined a 1-0 offering into the left field corner to put the Pack ahead 4-0.
The game was blown wide open in the top of the 9th. Devonte Brown walked with one out and JT Jarrett reached on a throwing error to put two men on. Tyler McDonough worked a full count walk, extending his consecutive game on-base streak to 42 games and loading the bases for Luca Tresh. With a 2-0 count in his favor, Tresh nailed a one-hopper off the left field wall to score all runners and push the State lead to 7-0.
Willadsen didn’t finish off the game without drama. After getting the first two outs of the inning sandwiching the before mentioned single, Willadsen was visibly fatigued. He issued back-to-back walks and fell behind Jack Cunningham 2-0. The pack hurler battled back, though, striking out Cunningham swinging on a 2-2 change up to end the game.
Tresh (2-5, 2B, R, 3 RBI, SB) and Butler (2-4, 2 2B, 2 R, BB) each tallied multiple hits on the day. Torres (1-3, 2B, 3 RBI, HBP) and Brown (1-3, R, BB) also each reached base safely multiple times.
Next up for State is a home tilt on Wednesday versus NC A&T. First pitch at 6:00pm on the ACC Network Extra (WatchESPN app).