Nationally ranked N.C. State defeats UNCW in baseball

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Trea Turner homered and knocked in five runs as nationally ranked N.C. State ran past UNCW 11-2 on Wednesday at Brooks Field.

UNCW looks to bounce back Friday at James Madison.
UNCW looks to bounce back Friday at James Madison. Photo courtesy UNCW athletics.

The Wolfpack improved to 15-8 with the non-conference road win and halted a six-game losing streak. The Seahawks fell below the .500 mark with the loss and stand at 11-12 entering this weekend’s Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opening series at James Madison.

Turner, who homered in the first inning, had two hits on the night. Kyle Cavanaugh and Preston Palmiero each added a hit and two runs batted in.

UNCW was held to five hits on the game, while Terence Connelly and Luke Dunlap had RBI base knocks.

Leading 2-1 in the top of the third, UNCW freshman starter Cory Gantz appeared to end the inning with a ground ball to shortstop, but a balk was called and Turner advanced to second. Logan Ratledge followed with a two-out RBI single to make it 3-1. NCSU added four in the sixth and two more in the seventh to take a 9-2 lead. All six of those runs came with two out.

Former Ashley High School standout Chance Shepard drew a walk and scored a run as a pinch-hitter for Carlos Rodon, the All-American and Wednesday night’s designated hitter for the Wolfpack.

The Seahawks open conference play this Friday with a 6:30 p.m. start at James Madison and continue the series on Saturday, also at 6:30 p.m. The series concludes Sunday with first pitch slated for 2 p.m.