NC State's season ends with 10-5 loss to Kentucky in Lexington Regional Finale
Posted June 6
Lexington, Ky. — NC State’s season ended with a 10-5 loss to Kentucky in the Lexington Regional Finale early Tuesday morning.
After a thunderstorm delayed the game's start by 2 hours, 16 minutes, Brett Kinneman’s (1-for-4) two-run homerun gave the Pack a 2-0 lead in the second inning. But the top-seeded Wildcats (43-21) rallied in the fourth.
The Wildcats scored four runs on three hits in the fourth, turning a two-run deficit into a two-run, 4-2 lead.
The Wolfpack's Will Wilson (2-for-4) doubled in Elliott Avent's team's third run of the game to respond in the bottom of the inning, then Evan Mendoza scored Wilson on a sacrifice fly to tie the game 4-4 after four complete innings.
Josh McLain (1-for-4) doubled in the fifth inning, sending Stephen Pitarra from first base (after he was walked) to third. The first baseman went home, scoring on a fielding error by UK's center fielder and giving NC State the lead again, 5-4.
The Wolfpack's ability to capitalize on the error wasn't enough to extend the season though, as it committed four errors of its own which UK made the most of.
Wildcat Tristan Pompey scored on an error for a 5-all tie, then Kole Cottam sent a 2-1 pitch off the right-field screen for two RBI and the 7-5 lead.
The three-run seventh inning gave the Wildcats lead they held through the end as Kentucky added three more insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning for the 10-5 final score.
The Regional No. 3 seed Wolfpack (36-25) went 2-0 to start the weekend, but fell in Sunday night’s Championship 8-6 as Kentucky (43-21) forced a rematch. Monday night’s winner-take-all game was delayed from the original 7 p.m. first pitch to an approximate 9:40 p.m. start time due to rain, which pushed the game’s finish past 1 a.m. ET.
Kentucky will travel to in-state rival Louisville (50-10) as it advances to its program's first Super Regional.