LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Baseball’s No. 23 NC State (24-12, 10-8 ACC) was unable to hold off a late nine-point push from No. 11 Louisville (26-11, 10-6 ACC) Friday night during of the series opener at Jim Patterson Stadium, suffering an 11-4 loss.
The result ended a six-game winning streak for the Wolfpack.
The Cardinals scored the first point of the game when Cameron Masterman scored on Christian Knapczyk’s RBI single to right field after leading out of frame with a triple to left center.
In the third, Tommy White threw his 15th homer of the season to left field to give the Pack a 3-1 lead after Devonte Brown and LuJames Groover tallied the hits before his at bat.
On his next at bat, which came in the fifth inning, White hit his second homer of the night and 16th of the year down left center to extend the field lead to 4-1. It was his fourth multi-home game of the season.
Louisville rebounded in the seventh with nine runs on five hits and two errors to take a 10-4 lead, then a goal-laden walk in the eighth nailed an extra run. For the past two innings, the Cards have held the field to just two base runners to complete the comeback victory.
White led the offense with a 4-for-5 outing and was responsible for all four RBIs. Noah Soles (2-for-4) continued his tear at home plate as he tallied 24 hits in the month of April.
Additionally, Brown went 2-for-4 on the night to contribute to the team’s 11 hits in the contest while Groover extended his hitting streak to 23 games and his base hit streak to 26.
starting pitcher Logan Whitaker had a good night on the bump, going six career innings and giving up three runs on three hits while tying his career-high in strikeouts with seven.
NC State and Louisville meet for Game 2 of the series on Saturday, with the first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. at Jim Patterson Stadium. The game will be streamed on ACCNX and there will be an audio stream on WKNC 88.1 and the Varsity Network app.