Baseball falls 9-2 at N.C. State
Raleigh, N.C. – N.C. State defeated Campbell 9-2 on Tuesday afternoon at Doak Field on the NCSU campus. The Wolfpack took advantage of seven walks from the Camel pitching staff, turning them into four runs.
NCSU took an early lead, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. After Koopman retired the first two Wolfpack batters, Andrew Ciencin hit a solo home run to left field that put State in front. It also extended the inning and allowed the hosts to push another run across on a RBI single from Chris Diaz that scored Danny Canela.
Campbell collected three singles in the Camel half of the second inning, but a double play helped keep the Camels off the board. State threatened again in the bottom of the inning, putting two runners on with one out.
Andrew Jacobsen relieved Koopman and was able to get a fly-out for the second out of the inning. Canela then doubled home both base runners and Tarran Senay singled home Canela to push the State advantage to 5-0. Koopman (0-2) took the loss for the Camels, allowing four earned runs with four walks in 1.1 innings pitched during his start.
Ryan Mattes entered in the fourth and pitched two innings of one-hit baseball before running into trouble in the sixth. The Wolfpack pushed two more runs across in the inning after two runners reach on walks. Canela's two RBI double pushed State's lead to 7-1. Canela finished the day four-for-five with two runs scored and four RBI.
Jake Kirkland's solo home run in the eighth inning rounded out the Camel scoring. The second home run of the season for Kirkland concluded a two-for-four day for the junior from Pauline, S.C.
Danny Healey (1-0) picked up the win for State, tossing four innings of relief, surrendering one hit on Kirkland's home run, two strikeouts and no walks.
Campbell moves to 5-3 on the season and will return to action on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. against N.C. Central.