“This was a really good win,” head coach Loren Hibbs said. “We beat a top-ten team on the road despite not getting off to a great start. We had a lot of guys tribute and i’m proud of the effort. We had some big at bats, it was a really good team win. Our guys realize it’s about the team.”
The Wolfpack jumped on the 49ers early with two runs in the first inning, after Brock Deatherage led off the inning with a hit-by-pitch. After a sacrifice bunt from Josh McLain, Will Wilson hit a sacrifice fly to deep left-center to score Deatherage from third. Two batters later, Evan Mendoza scored the next Pack run with a RBI double that one-hopped off the wall in left-center to put the Wolfpack up 2-0.
Charlotte responded in the top of the second with a run of their own, as Zack Smith blooped a one-out single over the shortstop. After a wild pitch that sent Smith to second, Hunter Jones hit a groundball off the glove of Tommy DeJunas at first that rolled into the outfield, scoring Smith from second.
NC State added on another run in the second, as Brandon Vogler walked in a run to give NC State the 3-1 lead. The 49ers were not about to go away easily, as Netzer tripled to leadoff the top of the third inning and scored after Jackson Mims grounded out to first.
After a few innings of not action for both teams, Charlotte capitalized on a two-run home run from Zach Jarrett to left field on a 2-1 pitch, scoring Zack Smith who reached on a walk. Charlotte led 4-3 going into the bottom of the sixth but right on cue, State answered.
The Wolfpack scored two in the bottom half of the inning after a two-run double to right-center, giving NC State the 5-4 lead.
The 49ers and Smith responded, as the freshman roped a ball off the right field wall to score Mims and Sherer who reached earlier in the inning.
With the promising pitching of J.D. Prochaska and Matt Brooks down the stretch for Charlotte, the 49ers escaped Raleigh with a 6-5 win over the No.6-ranked Wolfpack.
Charlotte will welcome Xavier for a three-game series starting Friday at 3 p.m.