Ashley’s Shepard smacks fifth homer in as many days, guides No. 8 N.C. State in win over Diamond Hawks is your source for free news and information in the Wilmington area.

No. 8 N.C. State baseball disrupted UNCW’s undefeated record with a 5-2 win on Wednesday as former Ashley High School standout Chance Shepard smacked his fifth homer in the last five games for the Wolfpack.

N.C. State (7-2) won its fourth in a row, taking a 1-0 lead in the second on Shepard’s solo shot. The Seahawks (6-1) rallied to tie in the third, before the Wolfpack plated three runs for a lead it would not relinquish.

Gavin Stupienski. Photo courtesy- John Crouch
Gavin Stupienski. Photo courtesy- John Crouch

Shepard finished 2-for-3 with two runs, two RBIs, and a walk to go along with his fifth homer of the year.

Gavin Stupienski and Nick Feight had two hits apiece for UNCW, but N.C. State used five pitchers to hold the Seahawks in check.

The Seahawks saw its winning streak snapped at six and dropped to 6-1 on the young season.

Evan Mendoza held game-high honors with four hits, including a home run in the sixth inning.  Reliever Chris Williams (1-0) picked up his first win of the season. He allowed just two hits in 2.1 innings of shutout relief.

Clay Lockamon (0-1), who was making his first collegiate start for UNCW, took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits over 2.2 innings. Both of Stupienski’s hits were doubles and he added a walk.

The Seahawks host Penn State in a three-game series beginning on March 5 with a 2 p.m. start.