WILMINGTON, N.C. (UNCWSports.com) – NC State plated six runs in the fourth inning as the nationally-ranked Wolfpack upended UNCW, 8-3, in college baseball action on Wednesday at Brooks Field.
The Wolfpack, which entered the game ranked fourth nationally in D1Baseball’s poll, improved to 26-6 while the Seahawks dropped to 20-12.
Reliever Reid Johnston (4-0) picked up the win, working 2 1/3 innings.
Austin Easter (3-2) took the loss allowing five runs in relief, all in the fourth inning.
Will Wilson and Dillon Cooper had two hits apiece for the Wolfpack. Wilson connected on a three-run homer in the second inning, his eighth of the season.
Up next: The Seahawks return to conference play this weekend when they visit defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Delaware for a three-game series beginning on Friday at 3 p.m.
How it happened: NCSU broke through in the fourth inning, scoring six runs on six hits off Easter and fellow reliever, Justin Walke. Easter worked just 1/3 of an inning before making way for Walke.
Inside the box score: NCSU went 6-for-9 with RISP and advanced runners in 10-of-19 opportunities.
Notes: Berne pushed his hitting streak to 13 games and raised his league-leading batting average to .376 … He also has now reached base in 26 consecutive games … Blake Morgan made his first start for the Seahawks and responded with three innings of one-hit shutout baseball … The bullpen surrendered a season-high eight runs on the night … UNCW used eight relievers overall … Tonight’s crowd was announced at 2,155, a season-high for UNCW.