RALEIGH, N.C. - Tarran Senay's two-RBI lazy single in the sixth propelled No. 19 NC State (25-10) to a 2-0 victory over East Carolina (15-18) Tuesday night inside Doak Field at Dail Park in non-conference action.
In a scoreless sixth, Senay poked a two-out single just out of reach of Pirate shortstop Jack Reinheimer scoring Brett Williams and Jake Fincher for a 2-0 advantage. Williams was hit by a NIck Durazo pitch to start the frame and then took second on a wild pitch. Fincher followed with a walk before ECU went to the bullpen for right-hander Brett Mabry, who promptly struck out Trea Turner and Brett Austin for two quick outs. Both Williams and Fincher moved up 90 feet on a passed ball before crossing home on Senay's base hit.
Andrew Woeck (3-1) picked up the win in relief working 1.2 scoreless innings allowing a hit with one strikeout. Grant Sasser nailed down the save, his third of the year, with a scoreless ninth allowing an opening frame single by Bryan Bass to left center. NC State starter Karl Keglovits tossed 4.2 scoreless innings allowing a pair of hits and striking out one. Travis Orwig (0.2 IP, BB, K) and Josh Easley (1.0 IP, H, K) combined for 1.2 scoreless innings before handing the ball off to Sasser.
Durazo (0-3) allowed two runs (one earned) on two this with a pair of walks and three strikeouts before giving way to Brett Mabry in the sixth frame. Just like Durazo, Mabry was stellar in his outing recording a career-best four strikeouts and surrendering one hit in three innings.
Despite out hitting the Wolfpack 5-3 on the night, the Pirates managed to just two three runners into scoring position. Jay Cannon reached third base in the fifth frame after singling up the middle to start the stanza moving around to the hot corner on Dylan Brown's sac bunt and Zach Houchins ground out to second. But he was left stranded when Chase McDonald ground out to third to end the inning.
Brown was left stranded at second in the top of the eighth after leading off with a walk. McDonald's one-out single through the left side moved him to third, but Nick Thompson popped up to short and Luke Lowery went down swinging to end the threat.
ECU threatened once more in the top of the ninth after Bass singled to start the inning. With one out, Drew Reynolds was plunked by a Sasser pitch and was lifted for pinch runner Garrett Brooks. But Sasser buckled down and retired Cannon on a fly out to right field and Brown on a fly out down the left field line in foul territory to end the contest.
The Pirates held NC State to a season-low three hits on the night, while offensively Bass recorded three of ECU's five base knocks.
ECU will be continue its four-game road trip when they head to Tulane this weekend for a three-game Conference USA series starting Friday, Apr. 12 with a 7:30 p.m. (ET) first pitch scheduled.
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