N.C. State’s baseball team edged in-state rival East Carolina by the narrowest of margins on Wendesday night at Doak Field at Dail Park, thanks to Jake Fincher’s walk-off grab with the bases loaded to preserve the 3-2 win.
The Wolfpack (17-11) cruised to a 3-0 lead with single runs in the third, fourth, and seventh. ECU (17-12) responded in the ninth by scoring twice and loading the bases with two outs, but Fincher made his remarkable diving grab in the right center gap to end the game.
N.C. State freshmen Preston Palmeiro and Ryan Williamson were the story of the game beyond Fincher. Palmeiro went 3-for-3 with a triple in his third start for the Wolfpack at first base, scoring once and driving in one. Williamson (1-0) looked dominant for 4 1/3 innings of relief, holding the Pirates to one hit while striking out seven and walking none. The freshman lefty retired 10 in a row after hitting the first batter he faced in the foot with an 0-2 breaking ball.
Brett Austin went 2-for-3 with a run, an RBI, his sixth double, and second triple of the year. Andrew Knizner scored once in a 1-for-3 outing. Carlos Rodon and Logan Ratledge supplied one hit each.
Charlotte 4, North Carolina 3: North Carolina dropped a 4-3 game to Charlotte Wednesday night. With the scored tied at 2-2 heading to the seventh, Carolina posted the go-ahead run in the top, but Charlotte scored two runs in the final frame to take the comeback win. Jenna Kelly belted her ninth homer of the year for the Tar Heels, who fall to 18-16 for the year after dropping their fourth-straight game.
N.C. State 4, Campbell 2: The Wolfpack hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the first inning to win 4-2 against Campbell at Dail Stadium. With the win, the Pack is now 17-1 in home games.