The Pack 9 didn’t have much trouble this weekend, handling Belmont by at least six runs in all three matchups.
On Sunday, NC State got going early thanks to the long ball. Following a Noah Soles walk, Will Marcy scalded one out over the visitor’s bullpen in left.
THE GO-AHEAD! @willmarcy_ blasts a two-run homer to give us an early lead!#Pack9 pic.twitter.com/cfkkJ8ZiqL— #Pack9 ⚾️ (@NCStateBaseball) February 26, 2023
Freshman catcher Cannon Peebles smacked his first-career homer two batters later to give State a 3-0 lead, which was all the run support that the pitching staff would need. Freshman starter Dominic Fritton pitched 6-1/3 innings of one-run ball, with six strikeouts, to pick up his first college win.
Pitching was the story on Saturday, with Matt Willadsen and company combining to throw a two-hit shutout. Willadsen allowed one hit over 6.0 innings, while striking out eight and walking two. Oregon transfer Rio Britton made his NC State debut with a couple of hitless innings, and freshman Everette Harris closed out the night.
The Pack scored six of its seven runs on a trio of homers: two by Payton Green, one by Carter Trice.
Friday’s 11-4 win was highlighted by Payton Green’s grand slam in the third inning, which put State ahead 6-2. Starter Logan Whitaker didn’t have his best stuff, but Baker Nelson, Sam Highfill, and Carson Kelly combined to throw 5-2/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Up next, the underwhelming non-conference games continue: Longwood on Tuesday, Radford on Wednesday, then a weekend set against NJIT. That’ll be the last weekend tune-up before league play starts.