FORT WORTH, Texas - Second-seeded North Carolina State defeated third-seeded Stony Brook, 3-0, in the opener of the NCAA Fort Worth Regional on Friday afternoon at TCU's Lupton Stadium.

Stony Brook (34-15-1) will meet fourth-seeded Sacred Heart (23-31-1) in an elimination game at 3:30 p.m. EDT Saturday. Sacred Heart dropped a 10-0 decision to top-seeded TCU (44-11) Friday night in the double-elimination tournament.

"The players won't get a sense of urgency from me," Stony Brook coach Matt Senk said. "We're disappointed but we feel like, if we get a few more timely hits, we'll get back to our winning ways."

Logan Ratledge of 24th-ranked N.C. State (35-21) hit a two-run homer in the fifth to break a scoreless tie. After working the count full and fouling off four straight pitches, Ratledge hit the 11th pitch of the at-bat about 330 feet just inside the leftfield foul pole.

"[Ratledge's] at-bat was one of the best you can have," Senk said. "[He] came out on top that time. That's part of the game."

Seawolves starter Daniel Zamora (7-3), who hadn't lost in his previous nine starts, allowed two earned runs in 62/3 innings in Stony Brook's first loss in 11 games.

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Stony Brook had six hits, three by America East player of the year Jack Parenty and two by freshman Bobby Honeyman.

Parenty began Stony Brook's best scoring opportunity with a one-out single to center in the sixth. After walks to Rob Chavarria and Casey Baker, N.C. State reliever Will Gilbert got Andruw Gazzola to hit into a 6-4-3 double play.

N.C. State starter Curt Britt threw 51/3 shutout innings.

Baker had his hitting streak stopped at 18 games, but there's optimism for hitting in this scenic setting, which can turn into a hitter's park with a shift of the wind.

"I could see the ball well with the trees as a background," Parenty said. "It's big and you can hit some gaps in the outfield."