RALEIGH, N.C. -- No. 5 N.C. State (39-11, 16-8) defeated No. 9 Florida State (40-10, 16-9), 3-1, at…
"Leibrandt is solid," N.C. State manager Elliott Avent said. "He is pretty crafty and pretty good. He kept us at bay.
"He got the runs early and that made it easier for him."
Florida State started its onslaught early. The Seminoles scored first in its opening at bat when junior catcher Stephen McGee doubled in two runs off N.C. State starting pitcher Ethan Ogburn. The Wolfpack right-hander was roughed up for four runs on four hits in only 1.1 innings.
The Seminoles put the game out of reach with a four-run outburst in the second inning, with the rally started by a solo home run from 2B John Sansone.
"We have won a lot games, so when you lose, that is tough," Avent said. "We have not been handled like this in a while."
"This is disappointing," Avent added. "But we are back here (Monday) in front of our crowd, in our home and I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to it."
On Monday, the Wolfpack will host the Seminoles in the rubber match of the series with ACC and NCAA Tournament ramifications on the line.
Going to the mound for N.C. State will be freshman lefthander Brad Stone (2-1, 5.93 ERA). Pitching for Florida State will be Scott Sitz (8-1, 1.41 ERA).
"Heading into (Monday) I think we have a good shot," Stone said. "We are a confident ballclub. I think it going to be great. We have great fan support here. I am looking forward to it."