Canes rally past Pack

A niDURHAM, N.C. - No. 13 NC State baseball fell 8-7 against No. 2 Miami on Thursday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in the ACC Tournament. nth-inning homer cost the Wolfpack.

The Wolfpack (34-20) slipped into a 2-0 deficit in the top third, before a five-run rally in the fourth to take command. Miami (45-10) narrowed the gap to 5-4 in the fifth, and tied the game 5-5 in the top eighth. Chance Shepard hit a two-run shot to left center in the bottom eighth to seize a 7-5 lead. The Hurricanes responded with a three-run homer in the ninth to set the final 8-7.

Shepard's bomb marked his 12th of the season, and represents the longest of the week in Durham, measuring 419 feet. The senior contributed a career-high tying four RBIs, the fifth time in his career that he's accomplished the feet, adding a run and his 14th double of the year in a 2-for-4 performance.

Joe Dunand went 3-for-5 with a run. Preston Palmeiro provided a 2-for-5 effort with a run and his 19th double of the year. Brock Deatherage submitted a pair of bunt singles in a 2-for-5 ballgame with a run and an RBI. Andrew Knizner scored twice in a 2-for-5 evening. Brett Kinneman drove in one and scored once in a 1-for-4 outing. Stephen Pitarra and Evan Mendoza each contributed a single.

Wolfpack starter Sean Adler held the Hurricanes hitless for 2 1/3 in his first start since his freshman year at Southern Cal, allowing one earned on six walks with two punchouts. Evan Brabrand pitched the next 1 1/3, giving up one earned on three hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Travis Orwig allowed two earned on three hits in an inning of work. Austin Staley walked one in 2/3. Cody Beckman went 2 1/3 with one earned on three hits, fanning four. Tommy DeJuneas (2-3) took the loss on three earned over 1 1/3. 

NC State returns to action at 7 PM Friday against Georgia Tech for its tournament finale, televised on RSN, streaming on ESPN3 (subject to blackout) and the FOX Sports GO app. Radio coverage will be handled by 88.1 WKNC and 1550 WCLY.

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