Harrison, Johnston earn playing time with N.C. State baseball


Sports Writer

Sunday, February 18, 2018

David Harrison earned his first collegiate start on Sunday.

The Rocky Mount High graduate and N.C. State freshman started the afternoon game against Seton Hall. Harrison was the losing pitcher in the Wolfpack’s 8-6 loss at Doak Field at Dail Park in Raleigh.

Harrison allowed seven hits over 4 ⅓ innings. The left-hander gave up seven runs — four earned — and stuck out five batters while walking one in an 81-pitch outing.

Harrison, the Big East Conference player of the year last season as well as the Telegram’s selection for baseball player of the year in 2016, started the final game of N.C. State’s three-game set against the visiting Pirates.

N.C. State (2-1) won the first two games.

During the season opener on Friday, Rocky Mount Academy graduate and Wolfpack freshman Reid Johnston saw playing time on the mound. Johnston, a right-hander who closed games for the Eagles last season, pitched the final three innings in an 8-4 win.

Johnston allowed five hits, three runs (two earned) and struck out three. Johnston was the Telegram’s 2017 batter of the year, playing mostly third base. He hit eight home runs, batted .419 and collected 34 RBIs, all team highs as a senior.