NCAA Baseball News

Wolfpack Falls 2-1 to No. 14 Virginia in Series Opener


RALEIGH – The No. 23 NC State baseball team dropped its ACC home opener 2-1 to No. 14 Virginia on Thursday night at Doak Field at Dail Park.
The Wolfpack (14-4, 1-3 ACC) entered the bottom of the ninth facing a 2-1 deficit. After Virginia reliever Jake Berry retired the first two batters of the inning, Carter Trice dropped in a two-out double down the right-field line to put the tying run in scoring position. Berry then rallied from a ball to open his at-bat against Parker Nolan before ending the game with a strikeout.
Virginia (16-1, 3-1 ACC) scored both its runs in a two-run third inning, pushing two unearned runs across after loading the bases with nobody out. Jake Gelof recorded an RBI groundout to make it 1-0 before an infield single from Kyle Teel doubled the Cavaliers’ lead to 2-0 with two outs in the third inning.
Jacob Cozart cut Virginia’s lead in half with one swing of the bat, crushing a solo home run to right field in the bottom of the fourth inning. Cozart’s solo shot hit the scoreboard beyond the right-field wall and trimmed the Pack’s deficit to 2-1.
NC State almost scored first in Thursday night’s contest on a wild pitch. With Eli Serrano III up to the plate with two outs, Payton Green sprinted from second base on a wild pitch and was tagged out sliding into home plate to end the inning.

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