BSB: Pack earns second consecutive ACC sweep
Posted May 14
Matching a season high with 18 hits and scoring double-digit runs in the contest, the NC State baseball team picked up its second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) sweep with a 14-6 win against the Pittsburgh Panthers Sunday afternoon at Charles L. Cost Field.
The Wolfpack has now won six consecutive ACC games and 11 of its last 12 to run its record to 31-21 on the year and 14-13 in conference action. The Panthers move to 22-27 and 8-19 in league play.
- NC State scored first in all three games of the series and is now 26-5 when plating the game’s first run.
- The Wolfpack’s seven runs scored in the third inning matches a season high, as the squad also accomplished the feat at Charlotte on March 28.
- NC State picks up its second consecutive ACC sweep after winning all three games against Virginia Tech two weekends ago.
- NCSU completes another perfect week at 4-0, as the squad defeated UNCW on Wednesday to start the week.
- In its last 12 games, the Pack has compiled a .329 batting average and has limited opponents to a .214 clip. NC State has scored 99 runs during that stretch while holding opponents to 35, a margin of 64.
Inside the Box Score
- Junior catcher Andy Cosgrove had a career day at the plate, as he notched four hits, three RBI and a pair of doubles – all career highs to lead the Wolfpack. He extended his hitting streak to seven games.
- Classmate Joe Dunand also turned in a four-hit performance, as he was 4-for-6 with two RBI, two doubles and two runs scored.
- Stephen Pitarra and Will Wilson each recorded a couple hits in the contest to go along with two runs scored and two RBI.
- Also logging a pair of hits in the game were Evan Mendoza and Brad Debo, while Brock Deatherage and Brett Kinneman had one hit apiece.
- Debo ignited the Wolfpack offense with an RBI single in the top of the first, as Pitarra scored from second base to give NC State a 1-0 lead.
- Dunand followed with an RBI fielder’s choice to plate McLain from third. Pitarra ripped an RBI single in the second inning to give the Pack a 3-0 advantage.
- NC State’s bats erupted for seven runs on five hits in the third inning to extend the lead to 10-0. Wilson hit a two-run homer in the frame, his second of the weekend and sixth of the season, while Cosgrove tallied an RBI single two batters later.
- After an RBI walk to McLain, Deatherage and Pitarra scored on wild pitches and Dunand drove in the final run of the frame on a single to center field.
- The Pack scored another run in the fourth thanks to an RBI double by Cosgrove, scoring Mendoza who singled prior to his at-bat.
- Pitt scored a run in the bottom half and four in the fifth to narrow the NC State lead to 11-5.
- Cosgrove struck again in the sixth with an RBI double down the left field line and Pitarra also notched an RBI hit to push the Wolfpack lead to 13-5.
- After the Panthers scored a run in the bottom of the sixth, Brett Kinneman laced an RBI triple to right center to plate Dunand from first.
On the Mound
- Freshman Michael Bienlien started on the mound and pitched four innings allowing three earned runs to go along with two strikeouts.
- Sean Adler made his first relief appearance of the season and threw four innings to earn his fifth win of the season. He struck out two batters and allowed just three hits.
- Dalton Feeney faced a pair of batters in the ninth and struck out both, while Cody Beckman retired the only batter he faced.
NC State will return to action Thursday evening against the eighth-ranked Clemson Tigers. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park.