RALEIGH — Taran Senay went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and four N.C. State pitchers combined on a five-hitter to give the Wolfpack a 2-0 nonconference baseball victory Tuesday night against East Carolina.
All of the scoring came during the sixth inning as N.C. State put the first two runners on with a hit-by-pitch and a walk. After back-to-back strikeouts, the runners moved up to second and third on a passed ball before Senay singled to left-center.
The Pirates threatened in the eighth and ninth, putting two runners on base each inning. In the eighth, Nick Thompson popped out and pinch-hitter Luke Lowery struck out swinging. In the ninth, Jay Cannon flied out and Dylan Brown fouled out to end the game.
USC Upstate 8, Davidson 3: Trey Richardson went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs for the host Spartans (20-12), who jumped ahead 5-0 and held on against the Wildcats (9-22). Nathan Becker doubled and tripled and David Daniels chipped in with two hits.
Ben Augenstein (2-2) held the Wildcats to two hits before they got on the scoreboard in the seventh inning. Daniels singled, Becker doubled and Chris Dyer walked to load the bases before Daniels scored when Ty Middlebrooks reached on a throwing error. Second baseman Sam Foy then drew a walk to bring home Becker and chase Augenstein. Left-hander Jordan Rusk retired the first two batters he faced to end the inning.
Francis Marion 7, Wingate 3: Jarrod Reed, Will Chandler and Brett Fulmer each had three hits to help the host Patriots (19-15) knock off the Bulldogs (28-16) and avenge a loss two weeks ago at Wingate. Thomas Spitz, second in NCAA Division II in hits, added to his season total with a 3-for-5 night with an RBI for the Bulldogs.
Limestone 5, Lenoir-Rhyne 1: Chad Balderman had a game-high four hits and Avi Ahlzadeh added a solo home run to help the host Saints (20-19) top the Bears (18-27). J.M. Spangler (2-0) got the win with 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Pfeiffer 10, Armstrong Atlantic 1: Jon Gray homered twice and Jacob Yates smacked a three-run shot to help propel the Falcons (19-24) past the Pirates (22-10). Ethan Greene went eh distance, allowing three hits and striking out seven for Pfeiffer. He missed a shutout when Armstrong Atlantic scored on a two-out single in the ninth.
King (Tenn.) 14, Mars Hill 8: Matt May had a two-run home run to help the host Lions (10-27) build a 3-0 lead, but Carl Roberts smacked a three-run home run and Garrett Cook followed with a solo shot during a six-run fourth that put the Tornado (24-15) ahead for good.
Brevard 6, Winston-Salem State 5: Eric Renegar, who had an RBI single during the fifth, drove in two with another single in the eighth to rally the host Tornados past the Rams. Winston-Salem State, which had leads of 3-0, 4-3 and 5-4, threatened in the ninth with back-to-back walks, but Zach Huneycutt got the final two outs to earn his first save of the season.