A very impressive pitching performance today by Brian Brown and Curt Britt who combined to strikeout 14 Notre Dame batters and hold the Irish to only three hits!
— NC State K Crew (@NCStateKCrew) May 21, 2015
Elliot Avent continues to have the Pack on a roll and we are beyond having to worry about securing a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Baseball America currently projects the Pack as a #3 seed in the Charleston Regional (linked here). Never know what a few more wins might do to that projection!
Miami was able to rally past Virginia in ACC Tournament play yesterday, meaning that tomorrow night’s State-Miami match up of 1-0 teams in the pool will probably decide who plays in the ACC Championship on Sunday.
A full recap of today’s game is available here.
Behind a career outing from lefty Brian Brown, NC State defeated Notre Dame 3-0 Thursday in ACC tournament pool play.
Brown threw six scoreless innings with a career-high 10 strikeouts. The freshman passed his previous record of nine strikeouts during his first collegiate game on Feb. 21 against Florida International.
“Today my changeup was really on,” Brown said.”I usually have better command of my fastball, but I guess it was good enough.”
A two-and-a-half hour rain delay didn’t temper the NC State bats as the Wolfpack jumped on the board early.
With two outs in the top of the first, NC State’s Joe Dunand singled through the left side sending Preston Palmeiro home for a run. Ryne Willard followed it up with a single up the middle to score Andrew Knizner.
Another two-out RBI single to left by Knizner scored Jake Fincher for another Wolfpack run in the top of the second.
“Timely hitting is everything,” said NC State hea coach Elliott Avent. “If you can get timely hits, it’s not only a pick-up for you, it’s a heartbreaker for your opponent.”
A walk and back-to-back bunt singles by NC State’s Brock Deatherage and Fincher loaded the bases with one out in the sixth but Notre Dame reliever Scott Tully managed to get out of the inning unscathed.
Final box for NC State's 3-0 win over Notre Dame that featured some masterful pitching. pic.twitter.com/jNWgUnbLAq
— The Wolfpacker (@TheWolfpacker) May 21, 2015