BSB: No. 6 NC State Baseball Shuts Out UMass Lowell, 8-0
Posted March 7
The sixth-ranked NC State baseball team earned an 8-0 shutout victory against UMass Lowell Sunday afternoon at Doak Field at Dail Park. Three Wolfpack pitchers contributed to the shutout effort, the second of the season for NC State, as UMass Lowell did not have an extra-base hit in the contest.
The Pack moves to 6-5 on the year and the River Hawks fall to 4-6. Sunday’s contest was the first meeting between the programs.
“We played well today and I’m happy with the win,” said head coach Elliott Avent. “That’s a good baseball team that we beat today. I thought Dalton Feeney was outstanding, he went after their hitters and they have a really good lineup. He gave us a really good start and he gave us a chance to win.
“It was nice to get Brian Brown back out there to throw an inning today and Tim Naughton was terrific out of the bullpen as well.”
Dalton Feeney turned in a standout performance on the mound for NC State, as he threw six innings to earn the win (2-0), allowing a pair of singles and struck out four batters. The freshman helped the Wolfpack retire the side in order in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
NC State plated the first run of the game in the bottom of the third after Brock Deatherage singled to start the inning and scored on a double down the left field line by Stephen Pitarra. A sacrifice fly by Brad Debo allowed Pitarra to score the second run, as he moved over to third base on a single by Will Wilson.
The Wolfpack added three runs in the fourth inning to push the advantage to 5-0. Evan Mendoza and Deatherage walked and scored on a double to left center by Josh McLain. Pitarra reached on an error by the UML shortstop, which allowed McLain to score.
Shane Shepard led off the sixth for the Pack with a single and Deatherage followed with a bunt single. After an out, Pitarra drew a walk to load the bases. Wilson grounded out to the third baseman, but Shepard scored to make it 6-0 in favor of NC State.
NC State’s seventh run of the contest was scored off the bat of Joe Dunand, as the junior crushed a 3-2 pitch from UML pitcher Luke Tomczyk over the left field wall for his team-leading third home run.
Wilson scored the Pack’s eighth run on an RBI double off the wall in left center by Debo.
On the Mound
- Following Feeney’s strong outing, junior Brian Brown made his first appearance of the season after missing the start of the year due to injury.
- He pitched an inning with two strikeouts, highlighted by a looking strikeout against the first batter he faced with a great curveball.
- Tim Naughton threw the final two innings and was stellar, striking out two batters and giving up a pair of singles.
- Wolfpack pitchers did not allow the River Hawks to tally an extra-base hit, as all five hits were singles.
“I thought I pitched pretty well today. I threw a lot of strikes and got ahead in the count and started to mix things up. I think I got my feet wet with six innings pitched and our bats got going, so it was a good win.”
Inside the Box Score
- Wilson led the Wolfpack at the plate with a 2-for-5 performance, highlighted by an RBI and a run scored.
- Deatherage also recorded a pair of hits in the game and scored two runs.
- Dunand’s hit was a solo home run, while Debo, Brett Kinneman, McLain, Pitarra and Shepard had one hit each.
- Feeney picked up his second win of the season and first as a starting pitcher in his first collegiate start.
- Dunand extended his hitting streak to nine games.
- The Wolfpack improved to 6-1 on the year when scoring the first run of the game.
NC State returns to action Monday afternoon against Western Carolina. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park.