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NC State walks off NC A&T, 6-5

COLLEGE BASEBALL: MAY 19 Wake Forest at N.C. State Photo by Nicholas Faulkner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Between Dominic Fritton and Gino Groover, NC State pulled off quite the escape act against NC A&T on Tuesday afternoon.

Fritton entered a bases-loaded-with-nobody-out jam in the top of the ninth inning, then promptly struck out three straight Aggies hitters to preserve a 5-5 tie, and set up Gino Groover’s walk-off heroics in the bottom half.

NC State hadn’t held a lead in the game until that ball cleared the fence. Hey, we’ll take ‘em however we can get ‘em.

Baker Nelson scuffled out of the gate, as A&T plated three first-inning runs on three hits, taking advantage of two hit batsmen. Carson Kelly spelled Nelson in the second and kept A&T off the board for a few frames as State got a couple runs back, but Kelly’s own control issues led to a two-run homer by the Aggies in the fifth.

It looked like it might just be A&T’s day, but Trevor Candelaria hit a two-run laser beam of a homer in the sixth, and Groover—who else—knocked home the game-tying run in the seventh.

That’s four wins in a row for the Pack, which has really backed itself into a corner heading into the last three ACC series of the season. Good news, at least, is they’re all winnable.