The 49ers (15-10) and the Wolfpack (14-12) got into an absolute slugfest Tuesday night at BB&T Ballpark in Uptown, as Charlotte scored 10 unanswered runs but it was not enough as they fell 15-10.
“We dug ourselves way too big of a hole,” head coach Loren Hibbs said. “You can’t play uphill against a good team like N.C. State. We made it way too easy for them and you can’t get down that far and expect to win. We competed and battled back, but dug ourselves a big hole.”
The Wolfpack got on board early as they scored one run off of Jacob Craver (0-1) in the first, who completed 2.0 innings, giving up just that one run on two hits.
Philip Perry got the ball next for Charlotte, as NC State’s Joe Dunand hit a solo shot to left field to increase the lead to two. Brad Debo delivered at the plate for the Wolfpack later in the inning with bases loaded, clearing the bases with a double to give NC State a 5-0 lead. Catcher Andy Cosgrove extended the lead to seven runs with a two-run single up the middle in the fourth inning.
NC State didn’t let off the gas, scoring six runs in the fifth inning, giving them a 14-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth. Charlotte responded with seven runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by a two-run double to left-center off the bat of Zach Jarrett. The 49ers drew a walk and two hit by pitches in the fifth frame, as Harris Yett, Brett Netzer and T.J. Nichting picked up RBI in the inning.
Charlotte kept chipping away at the 14-7 lead, scoring one in the sixth off of an error from NC State, cutting the lead to six. The Niners scored again in the seventh, as freshman Zack Smith led off the inning with a single. Yett drove in Smith with his second hit of the ball game to right field, followed by a dropped fly ball in left field that scored Sherer to cut the lead to 14-10.
NC State added on a run in the eighth inning, getting revenge on the Niners from a 6-5 loss earlier in the season in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Charlotte will travel to take on Conference USA’s No.1 team, the Old Dominion Monarchs, starting Friday at 6 p.m. in Norfolk, Virginia.