Brackman was nearly flawless against the Pirates, as he gave up just two singles and three walks in six innings of work. He struck out five batters and combined with Jason Duncan and Joey Devine to pitch a two-hitter. Devine struck out the side in the ninth inning to record his ninth save of the season. Duncan's effort improves his current streak to fifteen straight scoreless innings.
The Wolfpack scored all the runs they would need in the fourth inning after rightfielder Brian Aragon doubled to right center, scoring first baseman Aaron Bates. A single by shortstop Jonathan Diaz later in the inning would score Aaron Cone, giving NC State a 2-0 lead.
Second baseman Ramon Cordona's solo homer in the seventh inning added insurance, but with Brackman, Duncan, and Devine pitching magnificently, the Pirates never threatened.
Prior to Wednesday night's start, Brackman had made just two appearances, both in relief, since joining the baseball team following the end of NC State's basketball season. He had allowed two unearned runs on three hits in five innings while walking three and striking out six batters.
For the season, Brackman (1-0) has now allowed zero earned runs in 11 innings of work. He has struck out 11 batters and walked six while yielding just five hits.
The Wolfpack (28-11) will return to Raleigh for a three-game ACC series this weekend against Clemson at Doak Field. Game times are set for 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. on Sunday. The official dedication of the renovated Doak Field will be held prior to the Saturday game of the Clemson series.