Pack Advances Past Hurricanes

Freshman right-hander Andrew Brackman pitched seven strong innings and Brian Aragon's first inning two-run double gave Brackman all the run support he would need as No. 6 seed NC State beat No. 2 seed Miami 2-1 in the opening round of the ACC Tournament.

Freshman right-hander Andrew Brackman pitched seven strong innings and Brian Aragon's first inning two-run double gave Brackman all the run support he would need as No. 6 seed NC State beat No. 2 seed Miami 2-1 in the opening round of the ACC Tournament.

Brackman (4-0) earned the win against the Hurricanes and he was impressive. The true freshman yielded six hits over seven innings while allowing just one earned run. He recorded five strikeouts and walked only two batters. All-ACC reliever Joey Devine pitched the final two innings, as he retired the Hurricanes in order to record the save, his 12th of the season.

Miami starter Cesar Carrillo (12-2), the ACC's top pitcher, picked up just the second defeat of his outstanding career. He went seven innings and gave up just two earned runs on five hits, but with how Brackman and Devine performed it wasn't enough.

The big play of the game came in the top of the first inning. After Carrillo walked Aaron Bates and Aaron Cone, rightfielder Brian Aragon drilled a two-out double to left center that scored both Bates and Cone. The two-run extra-base hit gave Brackman a cozy lead early and he settled in on the mound for the Wolfpack.

Miami scored its lone run in the sixth inning on a two-out double by catcher Eddie Rodriguez that scored Danny Valencia. The Hurricanes never seriously threated Brackman or Devine again, and fall into the losers bracket of the ACC Tournament.

NC State will now face the winner of No. 2 seed Clemson and No. 7 seed Virginia Thursday afternoon at 4:00 PM.


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