ACC Baseball in NCAA Regionals: NC State Battles with Coastal Carolina, Falls in Rain-Delayed Final

Curtain Closes on 2016 for NC State baseball with 7-5 loss in Tuesday's resumption with Coastal Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. - No. 17 NC State baseball battled through rain delays and late nights to the brink of a Super Regional berth, falling 7-5 to No. 15 Coastal in Tuesday's resumption of Monday's regional championship game at Doak Field at Dail Park.

The Wolfpack (38-22) entered Tuesday with a 5-3 lead in the top ninth, facing bases loaded and one away. Coastal Carolina (47-16) scored on a fielder's choice at first to narrow the gap to 5-4. With the bases reloaded following a hit batter, a liner to right hit the turf inches ahead of Brock Deatherage's diving glove, plating two more to give the Chants a 6-5 lead. An RBI single to right made it 7-5. The Pack faced crafty reliever Mike Morrison in the bottom half, and three hard hit balls to Chanticleer fielders set the final.

Eight Wolfpack batters contributed hits in the ballgame. Preston Palmeiro went 3-for-5 with the go-ahead RBI in the sixth on a single through the left side. Deatherage finished 2-for-4. Chance Shepard provided a 2-for-3 effort with his 15th double of the year, two runs, and a walk. Evan Mendoza drove in a pair and singled. Joe Dunand scored once with a single. Andrew Knizner supplied an RBI single. Brett Kinneman doubled for the 13th time in a 1-for-4 outing. Josh McLain scored twice and drove in one during a 1-for-3 performance.

Wolfpack starter Brian Brown allowed three earned on seven hits and two walks with a strikeout over four innings on short rest. Travis Orwig and Austin Staley shut out the Chants for the next 1 1/3 with one hit and two walks combined. Cody Beckman went 1 2/3 with two earned on two walks. Tommy DeJuneas retired the only batter he faced. Evan Brabrand (1-1) took the loss on two earned over 2/3.

NC State baseball returns a core of battle-hardened talents in 2017, and awaits the results of the 2016 MLB Draft June 9-11, where a slew of Wolfpackers figure to continue their careers at the next level.

Monday, June 6

RALEIGH, N.C. - No. 17 NC State baseball came through in a must-win situation Monday afternoon at Doak Field at Dail Park, dropping No. 15 Coastal Carolina 8-1 to force a championship game in the Raleigh Regional Monday night at 6 PM.

The Wolfpack (38-21) took a 1-0 lead in the third, then roared to a 7-0 lead with a six-run rally jumpstarted by a two-run shot to left from Brock Deatherage. NC State tacked on one more in the sixth before Coastal Carolina (46-16) set the final 8-1 with its lone run in the seventh.

Deatherage finished 1-for-5 with a run and two RBIs on his sixth homer of the year. Evan Mendoza led the way with a 3-for-5 showing including three RBIs, a double, and a run. Preston Palmeiro supplied a 3-for-5 performance with two RBIs.