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In last week’s MLB Draft, NC State outfielder Jake Fincher finally heard his name called in the 29th round, with the Chicago White Sox taking him with the 862nd overall pick.

“It was a huge sign of relief to hear my name called,” Fincher said.  “I wasn’t ready to be done with the game just yet. It was a dream come true.”

There are a bunch of new experiences that await Fincher as he embarks on his professional career, but it won’t be without a few familiar faces.  Fincher’s former Wolfpack teammates Carlos Rodon and Brett Austin are both in the Chicago White Sox organization.  Rodan is in the starting rotation in the major leagues, and Brett Austin was just named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team representing the Kannapolis Intimidators (White Sox Single-A Affiliate).

“Carlos and Brett both congratulated me very soon after my name got called,” Fincher said. “I responded “the group is back together!” Seeing them above me in the organization gives me even more motivation to get reunited with my old teammates.”

Fincher earned 2nd Team All-ACC honors this season, and leaves NC State with many great memories.

“I will remember the postseason runs with my teammates the most. Every season except my junior year was extremely special, but Omaha is something my teammates and I will forever remember,” Fincher said. “Omaha was the best thing I’ve experienced in my baseball career thus far.  The only thing that could be better would be to make it to the big leagues.”

You can never sum up a single player’s career by a single game or a single play, but when we asked what three plays he would never forget while wearing the Wolfpack Red and White he mentioned his home run at the Florida Super Regional and his walk off single against Rice in Game 1 of the Supers.  But we all know what the third play is that he will never forget…because no NC State fan will ever forget it. It’s the catch that landed as #1 on Sportscenter’s Top Plays.

Fincher finishes his NC State career ranked 8th in career at bats (866), 10th in hits (255) and 6th in triples.  He is already out at the White Sox’s Spring Training facility in Arizona, and now he waits for his assignment.

 

Matthew is Publisher and Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He is also the Lead Pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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NC State Outfielder Chase Nixon is Entering the Transfer Portal

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NC State Junior Outfielder Chase Nixon is entering the Transfer Portal.

Nixon played in 39 games (out of 61), starting in 29. He hit .255 with 14 RBI’s and 11 Runs. Nixon’s OBP was .402.

Heading into the 2024 season, Nixon had a chance to battle for a starting spot, after starting in 18 of the 32 games he played in as a Sophomore. In 2023, Nixon hit .319, with an OBP of .402, and an OPS of .916. The way things panned out, Josh Hogue, Eli Serrano III & Noah Soles nabbed the starting jobs. Even when Hogue went down, Chase’s younger brother Luke was moved from the infield to the outfield.

Unfortunately, the Nixon boys won’t be on the same team for a second year.

Best of luck to Chase as he finds a home for his final year of eligibility.

He’s the 6th NC State player to enter the Transfer Portal

OF Chase Nixon

P Win Scott

P Chance Mako

SS Robert Nedry

P Garrett Payne

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Baseball America Includes NC State’s Alec Makarewicz & Jacob Cozart on 2024 All-American Teams

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Baseball America released their 2024 All-American teams this morning, and two NC State players were represented. Senior 3rd Baseman Alec Makarewicz was named to the 2nd Team, and Junior Catcher Jacob Cozart was named to the Third Team.

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NC State Pitcher Win Scott Enters the Transfer Portal

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NC State Junior Pitcher Win Scott has entered the Transfer Portal.

Scott made 8 appearances in relief this season, recording an 0-1 record with an ERA of 9.00. He struck out 10 batters in 10 innings, and walked 8. That was a step backwards from last year when Scott had a 3.38 ERA in 7 appearances.

Career Stats
2024: 9.00 ERA, 10 K’s, 8 BB’s (10 innings)
2023: 3.38 ERA, 7 K’s, 3 BB’s (5.1 innings)
2022: 6.75 ERA, 7 K’s, 4 BB’s (5.1 innings)

Scott has 1 year of eligibility remaining.

He’s the 5th NC State player to enter the Transfer Portal

P Win Scott

P Chance Mako

SS Robert Nedry

P Garrett Payne

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Three Pitchers will Represent NC State at the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Training Camp

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CARY, N.C. – NC State baseball underclassmen Cooper Consiglio, Jacob Dudan and Derrick Smith have all been invited to the 2024 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Training Camp.

The Wolfpack trio are three of just 56 premier non-draft eligible college players invited to this summer’s National Team Training Camp.

The training camp will feature a two-game Stars vs. Stripes intrasquad series at the National Training Complex in Cary from June 26-27. Both games are set to start at 6 p.m. The 28-man rosters for the 2024 Collegiate National Team International Friendship Series and Summer League Tour will be named on June 29 following the conclusion of training camp.

Consiglio, a freshman southpaw from Palm Harbor, Florida, made 15 total appearances with five starts in his first season with the Pack. Consiglio sported a 5-4 record with 38 strikeouts over 41.2 innings pitched, ranking first among a talented group of Wolfpack freshman pitchers with five pitching victories.

The left-hander dominated opposing batters over his final three regular season outings, posting a 3-0 record with pitching victories at No. 7 Florida State, No. 10 Virginia and at home against No. 8 Wake Forest. Over his final three regular season relief appearances, Consiglio tossed 12.1 innings while allowing only two runs (one earned). The left-hander struck out 15 batters while allowing only four hits and four walks over those three appearances, tossing a career-high seven strikeouts in the win over Wake Forest on May 16.

Dudan, an ACC All-Freshman Team honoree, ranked first on the team with 27 pitching appearances, sporting a 4-2 record with 56 strikeouts over 48.0 innings pitched. Dudan’s six saves ranked second on the team, nailing down half of those saves against ACC opponents. He also limited opposing batters to just a .218 batting average against him.

Dudan’s six saves, 48.0 innings pitched and 56 strikeouts led all Wolfpack freshman pitchers this season. The right-hander made four appearances in the 2024 NCAA Tournament, nailing down a save and pitching a total of 7.2 innings with 13 strikeouts.

Smith, a sophomore right-hander from White Bear Lake, Minnesota, emerged as the Pack’s closer in 2024. The right-hander led the Pack with eight saves, notching three of those eight stops in the NCAA Tournament. Smith sported a 2.45 ERA over 7.1 innings pitched in the NCAA Tournament, limiting opposing batters to a .130 batting average against him with eight strikeouts.

Smith also finished his sophomore campaign with a 3-2 record and 41 strikeouts over 29.2 innings pitched in 24 pitching appearances. Smith’s 24 pitching appearances trailed only Dudan in 2024. He also limited opposing batters to a .181 batting average.

Jacob Cozart and Dominic Fritton represented NC State at the National Team Training Camp this past summer. The full list of Wolfpack student-athletes who have made the final Collegiate National Team roster since 1980 is listed below.

2021: Sam Highfill, Chris Villaman
2019: Patrick Bailey
2018: Patrick Bailey, Will Wilson
2015: Tommy DeJuneas
2013: Carlos Rodon, Trea Turner
2012: Carlos Rodon, Trea Turner
2007: Eric Surkamp
2006: Andrew Brackman
2004: Joey Devine
1995: Tom Sergio
1993: Andy Barkett, Pat Clougherty, Terry Harvey
1980: Joe Plesac

For more information, please visit the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team homepage linked here.

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