Aggressive ’Pack Topples McKay

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RALEIGH, N.C. — NC State knew exactly what it was up against Friday night against No. 2 Louisville. The Wolfpack knew it had to play its very best to beat Brendan McKay — arguably the best pitcher and best hitter in all of college baseball. McKay carried a 0.33 ERA and a 41-6 strikeout-walk mark into the contest. He had given up zero extra-base hits through his first four starts.

Friday night, McKay gave up four extra-base hits and three earned runs, as his ERA skyrocketed — all the way up to 1.62. It’s not like McKay was bad — far, far from it. He still struck out 14 batters over seven strong innings, but NC State’s combination of Sean Adler and Joe O’Donnell was better. Adler turned in one of the best performances of his career, and O’Donnell was superb in relief to lead NC State to a 3-1 victory.

“It’s the best we’ve played all year,” Wolfpack coach Elliott Avent said. “You have to play like this to beat Brendan McKay and beat Louisville. That’s a really good ballclub, and he’s a really good pitcher.”


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