Pack Takes Pitt, Eyes Tar Heels Next
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CHARLOTTE, NC (theACC.com) –With a chance to meet its biggest rival in Sunday’s ACC Championship Baseball game providing ample incentive, NC State had no problem concentrating on the task at hand on Saturday.
Led by three fast home runs – including an NCAA freshman record by Tommy White – the 10th-seeded Wolfpack pounced on 11th-seeded Pitt in the first inning and earned an 8-3 victory in front of a cheering crowd of 8,360 at Truist. Field.
NC State (36-20) earned a spot against eighth-seeded North Carolina (37-19) in Sunday’s noon title game on ESPN2. Along with vying for their first ACC Baseball Championship since 1992, the Wolfpack have a bit of a motive for revenge after dropping two of three to the Tar Heels in the teams’ May 6-8 regular season series in Raleigh. .
The Wolfpack set the tone early in Saturday’s semifinal win over Pitt as Devonte Brown led the bottom of the first inning with his 15th homer, and White broke the wall at right center a later for his fourth circuit of this tournament and his 27 of the year.
The St. Pete Beach, Florida native’s 27 home runs are the most ever by an NCAA freshman, beating the previous mark of 26 set by Georgia Southern’s Todd Greene in 1990.
NC State wasn’t done playing long. After JT Jarrett drove the third inning of the Wolfpack with an infield grounder, Dominic Pilolli hit a two-run homer for a 5-0 lead.
Pitt (29-27) went 5-2 on Brock Franks’ two-run single in the top of the fourth, but NC State responded with a late-inning three, highlighted by the two RBI singles of Noah Soles. , to keep control.
The final inning of the game came on a different kind of milestone, as Pitt’s Ron Washington Jr. threw a big home run that cleared the picnic area in left field. The home run was the 52nd in this year’s tournament, breaking the previous ACC championship record of 51 set in 2010 (in 13 games) in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Senior southpaw Canaan Silver (8-1) started for NC State and took the win, allowing five hits and two unearned runs while striking out seven in 5.2 innings. Logan Evans (4-8) took the loss for the Panthers.
A large crowd is expected for Sunday’s championship game, and the tournament’s recent history indicates it could be a record.
Nearly 7,300 fans flocked to the stands when NC State met UNC last year in Friday’s pool game at Truist Field, even though the Wolfpack had already clinched a berth in the 2021 championship semifinals Saturday.
The crowd of 11,392 who watched North Carolina’s 2-1, 18-inning victory over NC State on Day 4 of the 2013 ACC Championship in Durham, North Carolina is the largest to ever watch a college baseball game in North Carolina State. (The previous record of 10,229 was set in 2012 in Greensboro, North Carolina, when that number saw UNC’s 2-1, 12-inning win over NC State).
The 9,759 people who watched Florida State beat NC State in the 2015 ACC Championship Game at Durham is the largest Finals crowd in tournament history.
UNC and NC State have met in the ACC Baseball Championship 24 times, with the Tar Heels holding a 13-11 advantage. The only previous Finals meeting was in 1990 in Greenville, South Carolina, with UNC winning 5-0.
NC State will make its second straight appearance in the ACC Championship Game after losing a 1-0 decision to Duke a year ago. The Wolfpack has five ACC titles in total (four since the conference began determining its tournament champion in 1973).
2022 ACC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
May 24-29 at Truist Field, Charlotte, North Carolina
POOL A – #1 Virginia Tech, #8 North Carolina, #12 Clemson
POOL B – #2 Louisville, #7 Georgia Tech, #11 Pitt
POOL C – #3 Miami, #6 Wake Forest, #10 NC State
POOL D – #4 Notre Dame, #5 Virginia, #9 Florida State
tuesday 24 may
No. 11 Pitt 12, No. 7 Georgia Tech 6
No. 10 NC State 11, No. 6 Wake Forest 8
No. 8 North Carolina 9, No. 12 Clemson 2
Wednesday May 25
No. 11 Pitt 6, No. 2 Louisville 5
No. 9 Florida State 13, No. 5 Virginia 3 (8 innings)
No. 10 NC State 9, Miami 6
Thursday May 26
No. 7 Georgia Tech 9, No. 2 Louisville 4
No. 4 Notre Dame 5, No. 9 Florida State 3
No. 1 Virginia Tech 18, No. 12 Clemson 6
Friday May 27
No. 4 Notre Dame 3, No. 5 Virginia 0
No. 6 Wake Forest 16, No. 3 Miami 3
No. 8 North Carolina 10, No. 1 Virginia Tech 0
Saturday May 28
No. 8 North Carolina 7, No. 4 Notre Dame 2
No. 10 NC State 8, No. 11 Pitt 3
Sunday May 29
ACC Championship, Noon (ESPN2/ACCN Extra)
No. 8 North Carolina vs. No. 10 NC State