No. 4 N.C. State scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take the lead for good as it held on for an 8-7 victory over Virginia on Sunday in Raleigh.
After the Cavaliers (16-12, 6-6 ACC) scored four runs in the top half of the seventh to take a 7-4 lead, the Wolfpack (27-2, 10-2 ACC) stormed back with a four-run rally of their own to take an 8-7 lead. Virginia put the tying run on third base in the top of the ninth, but N.C. State reliever Cameron Cotter retired the final two batters of the game.
The Cavaliers led on three different occasions but each time the Wolfpack responded in the bottom half of the inning to tie or take the lead. N.C. State improved to 11-1 in one-run games with its only loss coming to Virginia on Friday night.
Tanner Morris reached base four times and went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. In the fifth inning, the former Miller School standout smacked his fourth home run of the year, a solo shot to give Virginia its first lead. He drew a lead-off walk in the top of the ninth and was left stranded 90 feet from home after advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt then over to third on a wild pitch. Morris went 7-for-11 (.636) with three runs scored, three walks, a home run and an RBI in the series.
Cameron Simmons finished 2-for-5 with two RBI, while freshman Zack Gelof went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Gelof has now hit safely in 17 straight games and has reached base in every game this season.
Virginia will host in-state foe Old Dominion at Disharoon Park on Wednesday at 5 p.m. before traveling to Notre Dame for a three-game road ACC series next weekend (April 5-7).