The Wolfpack outlasted the Hoosiers Friday evening to notch their first NCAA victory. It took 12 innings for NC State to defeat Indiana 7-6 in the Lexington Regional. NC State’s starting pitcher Johnny Piedmonte only lasted a third of an inning as the Hoosiers began the game with three doubles. It would be up to the bullpen and the defense to tame the Hoosiers bats for the remainder of the evening.
State got strong performances from Cody Beckman (2 1/3 innings), Joe O’Donnell (4 2/3 innings) and winning pitcher Tommy DeJuneas to keep them in the game. Trailing 5-4 after 7 innings a Joe Dunand home run in the eighth tied the game. In the top of the 12th inning a clutch hit by Brad Debo followed a single by Garrett Suggs and an Indiana error and wild pitch. State scored the go ahead runs and held Indiana in the bottom of the 12th to get the win.
N.C. State meets top-seeded Kentucky on Saturday at 7 p.m.in the winner’s bracket. The second-seeded Hoosiers will face Ohio. Starting pitchers have not been announced. In other tournament action UNC fell to Davidson.