College baseball: NC State romps in regional opener

Published 11:51 pm Friday, May 31, 2024



 RALEIGH (AP) — Alec Makarewicz had four hits and drove in three runs, Jacob Dudan threw three dominant innings of relief, and NC State defeated Bryant 9-2 on Friday night to wrap up the first day of the Raleigh Regional.

Makarewicz had three doubles and also scored twice. He had an RBI double in the third, an RBI single in the sixth and an RBI double in the eighth.

Noah Soles hit a two-run home run to kick-start the Wolfpack’s four-run sixth inning that put them in control 7-2, especially after Dudan came in to pitch.

Dudan entered with two on and nobody out in the seventh and retired nine of the 10 batters he faced, six of them with strikeouts. The only runner to reach base did so on an error in the ninth inning.

Sam Highfill (5-2) pitched into the seventh inning for the Wolfpack (34-20) and picked up the win. Dudan got his sixth save.

North Carolina State will play Saturday against South Carolina in the winners’ bracket. Bryant (36-20) will play James Madison in an elimination game.