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NC State jumps out early, cruises to 10-4 win over NC A&T

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This one wasn’t very exciting

UNC v N.C. State in ACC Baseball Championship
Obviously not the pitcher in this one, but still deserving of all the recognition today in any form
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In a game that felt more procedural than anything, NC State cruised to a 10-4 victory over NC A&T on Wednesday night in Raleigh. Jonny Butler hit a 3-run 1st inning home run, and with Chris Villaman doing Chris Villaman things on the mound, the game was never in doubt from there.

The win moves NC State to 15-11 overall while NC A&T falls to 9-24 on the season.

Villaman was fantastic again in his midweek start, allowing just one run on two hits over 6.0 innings. He needed just 65 pitches to cover that span, with the two hits being the only two base runners allowed.

Tyler McDonough was 3-for-5 on the day, falling just a single shy of the cycle while driving in three runs. Butler doubled in addition to the aforementioned home run as part of a 2-for-4 day. He also walked while scoring two runs and driving in the three via his homer.

Terrell Tatum (2-5, R, SB, CS), Austin Murr (1-2, 2B, 3 R, 3 BB), Luca Tresh (0-2, 2 R, 2 BB), Devonte Brown (1-3, BB, CS), and JT Jarrett (1-3, 2B, BB) also all reached base multiple times in the game.

A trio of freshman arms (RHP Garrett Payne, LHP Tristan Sipple, and RHP Coby Ingle) combined to toss the final three innings of the game without allowing an earned run, although they did allow three runs to cross the plate on a combined two hits and one walk while each pitcher recorded a strikeout in their respective individual inning of work.

The Wolfpack hit the road this weekend for a three game series at ACC Atlantic Division frontrunner Notre Dame.