RUSTON, LA. — The NC State baseball team got off to a dominant start in an 8-1 win over No. 3 Alabama on Friday afternoon. Behind a strong 8.1 innings thrown by starter Reid Johnston, five home runs and several clutch plays defensively, the Wolfpack beat the Crimson Tide by a touchdown to advance to Saturday’s winner’s bracket game.
The Pack9 will have a much more difficult test ahead of it, though, with the No. 1 seed Louisiana Tech waiting for the primetime showdown. The Bulldogs, the No. 16 overall seed in the entire tournament, put up five runs in the first two innings and held a 9-2 lead heading into the eighth inning before blasting Rider with nine more runs for an 18-2 start to the Ruston Regional.
Before the two offensive juggernauts face off, here’s a look at the full game information, likely starters and much more ahead of Saturday’s game.
No. 2 NC State vs. No. 1 Louisiana Tech Game Info
Date: Saturday, June 5
Where: J.C. Love Park, Ruston, Louisiana
When: 7 p.m.
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Listen: WKNC 88.1 / TuneIn App
Louisiana Tech and NC State haven’t officially announced who will start for each team on Saturday, but Sam Highfill will likely start for the Wolfpack while Jarrett Whorff should toe the rubber for the Bulldogs. Highfill has been strong in recent weeks, including earning the win last week over Georgia Tech in the ACC Tournament, while Whorff carries a solid 3.66 ERA and a 9-2 record into Saturday, but has given up three or more runs in five of his last eight appearances.
The Pack9 and Diamond Dogs both share one very similar trait — powerful offenses.
NC State came into the tournament as the No. 1 offense in the ACC behind a lineup that includes the likes of Jonny Butler, Tyler McDonough, Jose Torres, Luca Tresh, Devonte Brown, Terrell Tatum, Austin Murr and much more that can all hit the ball out of the yard. Oh, and J.T. Jarrett and Vojtech Mensik have been clutch recently at the bottom of the order.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are coming off an 18-run game against Rider behind Hunter Wells’ two homers and team-record nine RBI in the win. Wolfpack fans should expect an exciting matchup in Ruston on Saturday, with the winner needing just one more win to advance while the loser would need three more wins — making tonight’s game a critical one for both clubs.
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