N.C. State, Kinneman see season end vs. Kentucky
Brett Kinneman and the North Carolina State baseball team saw their season come to a close on Monday night with a 10-5 loss to Kentucky in the NCAA regional baseball tournament.
The defeat ended the Wolfpack's season at 36-25.
N.C. State, which entered the Lexington Region as the No. 3 seed, won its first two games, knocking off No. 2 Indiana on Friday and then upsetting the top-ranked Wildcats on Saturday, and needed just one win over the final two days to secure a spot in next week's Super Regionals. However, facing Kentucky in both games, the Wolfpack couldn't secure the needed win, dropping Sunday's contest, 8-6, before losing Monday's winner-take-all game.
Kinneman, who is a West York High School graduate, got Monday's game off to a good start for N.C. State, belting a two-run homer in the bottom of the second to give the Wolfpack a 2-0 lead. The home run was his 10th of the year and his 40th and 41st RBIs of the season. After the Wildcats stormed back to take a 4-2 lead, N.C. State eventually clawed its way back in front to make it 5-4 after five innings, but allowed three runs in the top of the seventh and top of the ninth to see Kentucky advance.
A sophomore, Kinneman ended the NCAA tournament by going 5 for 17 over the team's four games, good for a .294 average, with three runs scored and two RBIs. For the season, Kinneman hit .282, while also scoring 36 runs. He played in all but one of the Wildcats' 61 games this year, starting 57 of them.