Posted On: May 20, 2016
RALEIGH, N.C. --- Joe Dunand and Brock Deatherage had back-to-back run-scoring doubles in a three-run sixth to lift No. 13 North Carolina State to a 6-4 win over No. 17 North Carolina Thursday night at Doak Field. Logan Warmoth tied a career-high with four hits for the Tar Heels, who grabbed an early two-run lead but left the tying runs on base in the ninth in falling to 33-20 and 12-16 in the ACC.
NC State starter Cory Wilder didn't make it out of the first. Three batters after Warmoth's RBI single, Wilder hit Kyle Datres to load the bases with two outs. But Chris Williams struck out Adam Pate to limit the damage. Carolina made it 2-0 via a Warmoth hit in the second, but Travis Orwig fanned Zack Gahagan to strand three more.
Despite the missed opportunities, the Tar Heels were in control through five thanks to Zac Gallen. The junior right-hander allowed just a pair of infield singles until the Wolfpack (33-17, 14-12 ACC) broke through in the sixth. Stephen Pitarra started the rally with a one-out double and scored on Preston Palmeiro's single to right. Dunand and Deatherage then produced consecutive doubles to give the hosts their first lead in five games.
NCSU added three insurance runs in the seventh on RBIs from Pitarra, Evan Mendoza and Dunand.
Cody Beckman (2-0) got the win for NC State, but it was Orwig who kept the 'Pack within striking distance after Wilder's abbreviated outing. The senior lefty struck out six of the 10 batters he faced over 2.2 scoreless frames. UNC batters went down on strikes a season-high 14 times on the night.
Will Gilbert, NCSU's seventh pitcher of the night, got the final three outs for his fifth save of the year, but it wasn't easy. Wyatt Cross led off with a walk and pinch runner Utah Jones scored on Brian Miller's RBI single. Cody Roberts then scored on Warmoth's fourth hit of the night, but Gilbert got Gahagan to ground to short with the tying runs on the corners to end it.