Groover homers twice, NC State tops Campbell 5-1 in Columbia Regional
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — LuJames Groover III belted a pair of solo home runs and Trevor Candelaria hit a third to power North Carolina State to a 5-1 win over Campbell in a first-round game at the Columbia Regional on Friday.
The win sends the Wolfpack (36-19) into a second-round match with the winner of the game between South Carolina and Central Connecticut. Campbell faces the loser in a consolation game.
Logan Whitaker started for N.C. State and blanked the Camels over his 4 1/3 innings of work. Rio Britton allowed four hits and Campbell’s lone run in his 1 1/3 innings of relief and Justin Lawson allowed just one hit over the final 3 1/3 innings to earn his fifth win of the season.
Cade Kuehler allowed just one earned run, a first-inning homer to Groover, over his six innings, but took his first loss in nine decisions for Campbell.
Grant Knipp drove in Campbells’ lone run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.
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