RALEIGH — N.C. State overcame a slow start and four pitchers combined to surrender just two hits as the Wolfpack beat Presbyterian 8-1.
After surrendering a run in the top of the fourth, the Wolfpack (36-11) scored eight straight runs, including four in the fourth inning, which got started with a two run home run by Tarran Senay to take a 4-1 lead. N.C. State added its other runs during the inning via a fielder’s choice and a sacrifice fly.
N.C. State extended its advantage to 7-1 in the sixth inning when Trea Turner hit a two-run triple and Jake Fincher followed with an RBI single to extend the team’s lead to 7-1.
The Wolfpack scored again in the eighth when Logan Ratledge added a sacrifice fly.
Presbyterian (23-24) scored it’s run when Brandon Martin was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Andrew Woeck earned the win in relief, getting the Wolfpack out of the bases loaded jam in the fourth and pitching three innings of no-hit ball with one walk.
The series finale is scheduled for Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Elon 10, Appalachian State 8: The host Mountaineers (25-18, 12-12 Southern Conference) rallied from nine runs down, but came up just short against the Phoenix (24-26, 16-10).
Appalachian State trailed 9-0 after Elon’s half of the fourth, but cut the deficit to 9-8 going into the ninth. After an Elon insurance run in the top of the inning, Appalachian brought the tying run to the plate with no outs, but after a strikeout, Noah Holmes’ line drive back up the middle was snagged by Elon closer Andrew MacDonald, who doubled William Head off first to end the ballgame.
Buoyed by two Appalachian errors, five walks and a hit batter, Elon scored four runs in the third inning, three in the fourth and two in the fifth to take the commanding 9-0 lead. Phoenix starter Kyle Webb took a perfect game into the sixth inning.
Aided by three Elon errors, Appalachian State sent 12 batters to the plate in the sixth and scored seven times to pull within 9-7.
The Mountaineers plated one run in the eighth on an RBI groundout by Preston Troutman to make it 9-8.