#STATEMENT! NC State Baseball Takes Down #1 Louisville, 3-1

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State baseball team used a strong overall performance to upset the top-ranked Louisville Cardinals, 3-1, Friday night at Doak Field at Dail Park. It was the Cardinals first loss in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play and just their second overall loss. The Wolfpack moves to 13-10 on the year and 4-3 in ACC play, while the Cardinals fall to 19-2 and 6-1 in conference action. Senior lefty Sean Adler picked up the win to move to 3-2 on the year, while preseason All-American Brendan McKay suffers his first loss (4-1). Avent’s AdditionsOpening statement…”I thought we played great tonight,” said head coach Elliott Avent. “It’s a great win, but the main thing is how good we played. We’ve hung in there this year and haven’t hit or pitched as well as we would have liked to, but tonight we did both very well. “Louisville’s a great team and Brendan McKay is a great pitcher. He hadn’t given up an extra-base hit all year and we got six hits and four of them were extra bases.” Game RecapNC State jumped on Louisville starter McKay early with a pair of runs in the first inning. Stephen Pitarra led off with an infield single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Freshman Brad Debo doubled down the left field line to plate Pitarra to give the Wolfpack a 1-0 lead on the top-ranked Cardinals. Evan Mendoza followed with a double to right center, allowing Debo to race around to score from second base as NC State extended the lead to 2-0. The Wolfpack stretched the advantage to 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a solo home run from Andy Cosgrove. He drove the 0-1 pitch over the left field wall for his second homer and the first that McKay has allowed this …

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