Wilkins pitched a no-hitter through the first five innings, retiring 11 straight Pirate batters in the process. Even more surprisingly, this was Wilkin's first start of the season. He finished with no hits and no runs with five strikeouts in five innings of work, only allowing Jay Cannon to reach base on a fielding error.
"I thought we got some pitches to hit and we didn't," said head coach Billy Godwin. "That's a recipe for disaster against a guy that's got phenomenal command."
The Wolfpack raced out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning when Brent Williams hit a two-RBI double to the left field wall. Williams scored a run himself later in the inning on a ground out.
N.C. State scored a run in the seventh and one in the eighth to take a 5-0 lead before ECU found some offense of its own. Drew Reynolds hit a single to score Garrett Brooks to trail 5-1, before Bryan Bass and Jack Reinheimer loaded the bases with one out. Consecutive outs from Nick Thompson and Cannon ended the eighth without another run.
"Momentum was on our side right there," said Bass. "All we needed was one more big knock and we would've been right back in the ball game."
The Wolfpack's Trea Turner hit an RBI sac fly in the ninth to pad the score, 6-1, before the end of the game.
ECU's Ryan Williams (5-2) suffered the loss on the mound, even after seven respectable innings allowing four runs on seven hits. Jake Harris, Andy Smithmyer and Reynolds pitched in relief for the Pirates, none lasting more than an inning.
Bryan Bass led ECU with two hits in three at bats. Reynolds was the only batter to record an RBI as only three Pirate batters recorded hits (Reinheimer, Bass and Reynolds).
ECU's schedule doesn't get any easier after the lose. The Pirates host No.21 Rice this weekend for a three-game series before playing No.27 N.C. State again in Raleigh.
"It's a challenge and our guys have to be willing to accept that challenge," said Godwin.