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Avent hits milestone for NCSU

RALEIGH - Head coach Elliott Avent reached another milestone in his career last Friday afternoon, as he picked up his 1,100th career win to start his 24th season at the helm of the North Carolina State University Wolfpack baseball squad.

The victory came thanks to a 4-0 shutout win over James Madison on opening day.

This marks the fifth time in the last six years that NC State has opened its season with a win. It is also the Pack's fifth-straight win over the Dukes in the all-time series.

Jonny Butler put the Pack on the board in the second with his two-run homer to right center. Prior to his at bat, Devonte Brown led off the frame with a double to right field for the first hit of the game amongst either team.

In the fifth inning, Patrick Bailey drew a two-out walk, then Brown hit his second double of the day to right center to score him from first.

Austin Murr tacked on what would be the final run for the Pack in the seventh as he doubled down the right-field line and a pair of wild pitches brought him home.

James Madison tried to rally in the ninth, putting a pair of runners on base with two outs, but senior Kent Klyman shut the door with a strikeout.

Avent is a Nash County native who prepped at Northern Nash High School. He was a one-time assistant to Russ Frazier for the Louisburg College Hurricanes.

GOLF TOURNEY: The 11th Annual H. Earl Coley Golf Classic is slated for May 22 at the picturesque Belmont Lake Golf Club.

All proceeds will benefit the O.D. Moore Scholarship Foundation, which presents college scholarships to graduating high school students.

A four-person scramble format will be utilized. Cost is $75 per person, which includes greens fee, golf cart, lunch and range balls, along with prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin and hole in one.

Hole sponsorships are also available.

For more information or to register, visit www.odmooregolf.com.

ECU BASEBALL: Thomas Francisco and Connor Norby each drove in a pair of runs, while the Pirates' pitching staff struck out 17 batters in No. 19 East Carolina's 7-4 baseball triumph over William & Mary Sunday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.

With the win, the Pirates open the 2020 season with a series sweep of the Tribe their third in the last four seasons.

Jake Kuchmaner, who was on a predetermined pitch count, earned the win tossing two scoreless frames where he allowed a walk and struck out two. Cam Colmore earned his first career save tossing a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout.

ECU wasted little time getting on the board as it strung together four consecutive singles to open the first frame for a 3-0 lead.

With runners on the corners, Alec Burleson singled through the right side plating Agnos and moving Lane Hoover over to third.

Francisco roped a shot through the right side scoring Hoover just before Burleson darted home when Norby hit into a double play.


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