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NC State are looking to build off a big win over #22 LSU on Tuesday with a matchup with Winthrop tonight at 7pm (on ESPN3).

While this might not seem like a huge game, after early losses to William and Mary and Arizona State, the Wolfpack really need to get on a roll. Their win over the Ben Simmons led LSU Tigers was a start, but as ACC quickly approaches this team needs to settle into their rolls and start clicking on all cylinders.

Martins Coming into their own
With Trevor Lacey gone, NC State knew they needed a team that was versatile, No longer would they have a guy who could be counted on to go one on one and score with consistency. This is where the Martin’s would come in. The sophomore twins have the size, skill and athleticism to be huge assets for Mark Gottfried. The question is, can they consistently produce.

Over the past few games you’ve seen these two guys start to settle in their roles. Caleb is going to be a top scorer for this team. He’s improved his form and accuracy from beyond the arc. He continues to work on his ability to score off the bounce and focus on taking quality shots. Cody on the other hand has started to fill up the box score in multiple categories and is showing his ability to play at high levels at multiple positions.

They both played huge roles in State’s win over LSU and will need to build on that if State wants to start making a run before ACC play begins.

Scouting Winthrop
The Eagles are coming into this one 4-0. While they don’t have any big name wins, they are scoring the basketball at a pretty impressive clip. They actually scored 208 points combined in their first two games. Since then they have games of 80 and 79. They are led by two skilled guards in Keon Johnson and Jimmy Gavin.

Johnson is averaging 17.5 ppg and lit up USC Upstate for 32 points just this Tuesday. These guys can shoot and if NC State learned anything against William and Mary it’s that they don’t necessarily matchup well against smaller, quicker teams who can fill it up from beyond the arc.

You know that Winthop is a quality opponent if they made it onto Mark Gottfried’s schedule. They are picked to finish 3rd in the Big South and are not a team to be taken lightly by the Pack.

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1st Baseman Garrett Pennington Has Broken Into NC State’s Record Books

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Last night, Senior 1st Baseman Garrett Pennington hit 3 Doubles, giving him 23 Doubles on the season, which ranks 8th in NC State history for Doubles in a single season.

1. 31 – Brian Ward, 1998
2. 27 – Matt Postell, 1999
3. 26 – Brian Wright, 2002
4. 25 – Chris Diaz, 2012
4. 25 – Scott Snead, 1991
6. 24 – David Hicks, 2002
6. 24 – Tim Tracey, 1994
8. 24 – Garrett Pennington, 2024
8. 23 – Dallas Poulk, 2010
8. 23 – Jake Weber 1997
8. 23 – Paul Borawski 1991

The Wolfpack hit it big in the Transfer Portal this past offseason, with two of them breaking NC State records. Pennington broke into the Top-10 in Doubles, and Senior 3rd Baseman Alec Makarewicz broke into the Top-10 in Home Runs.

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NC State Crushes Virginia Tech 19-9 in Their Opening Game of 2024 ACC Tournament

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#3 seed NC State’s bats were simmering in their opening game of the 2024 ACC Tournament, defeating #10 seed Virginia Tech 19-9, with the game ending at the end of the 8th inning due to a mercy rule. The 19 runs are the most runs scored this season by the Pack, and the most in school history in the ACC Tournament.

Freshman Ryan Marohn, the Pack’s regular midweek starter, got the nod, and he was excellent, giving up 1 earned run in 4 innings pitched, striking out 4. With Marohn pitching in the first game, NC State will be able to roll out their starting 3 all the way to the Championship game if need be. Also, Jaxon Lucas, P.J. Labriola and Hollis Fanning came out of the bullpen, preserving the arms of the Wolfpack’s primary relief arms.

NC State recorded 20 hits in the contest, and also walked 9 times. Senior 3rd Team All-ACC 1st Baseman Garrett Pennington and Senior 2nd Team All-ACC 3rd Baseman Alec Makerwicz both finished with 4 hits in the contest. Pennington was 4 for 5 with 4 Runs and 2 RBI’s, with an absurd 3 Doubles. A-Mak was 4 for 4 with 4 Runs and 4 RBI’s, as well as a Double and 2 Walks.

Junior Shortstop Brandon Butterworth and Sophomore Center Fielder Eli Serrano III both had 3 hits in the contest. Butterworth was 3 for 5, with 2 Runs and 2 RBI’s, hitting a Home Run in the Top of the 8th. Serrano III was 3 for 5 with 2 RBI’s and 4 Runs, hitting a Home Run as well.

Freshman Alex Sosa led the squad with 5 RBI’s, going 2 for 4, with a Home Run, 2 Walks and 2 Runs.

Junior 1st Team All-ACC Catcher Jacob Cozart was 2 for 5 with 2 RBI’s, 1 Run and 1 Walk.

NC State will play #6 seed Duke tomorrow night at 7pm on ACC Network. Technically, the Wolfpack could have lost this evening, and still advanced to the semifinals. After the Blue Devils defeated the Hokies 11-8 in their first game last night, all the Wolfpack need to do to advance to the semifinals is defeat Duke tomorrow night.

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NC State Picks Up the Most Votes in D1Baseball’s Staff Poll to Win the 2024 ACC Tournament

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D1Baseball’s staff each individually picked which team they thought would win each College Baseball Conference Tournament this week. Of the 11 staff polled, 4 picked NC State to win the ACC Championship this upcoming Sunday, which was the most votes any team in the ACC received. UNC and UVA each picked up two votes. Wake Forest, Duke and Clemson each received a vote as well.

NC State is the #3 seed in the ACC Tournament, and they will play their first game tonight in pool play against #10 seed Virginia Tech at 7pm on ACC Network., who lost 8-11 to #6 seed Duke last night. The Wolfpack will then play the Blue Devils tomorrow night at 7pm on ACC Network. The team with the best record coming out of pool of three teams will advance to the semi finals on Saturday.

 

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The Wolfpack are looking to win their first ACC Championship since 1992, and their 5th overall.

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Baseball America Projects NC State to be a Regional Host in the 2024 NCAA Tournament, & a Top-10 Seed

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Yesterday D1Baseball released their 2024 NCAA Tournament Bracket Projections, and they projected NC State to be a Regional Host, as the #11 overall seed.

Baseball America released their projections today, and they also picked the Wolfpack to be a Regional Host, and the #9 overall seed.

They project the Wolfpack to be joined by San Diego, South Carolina and Fairfield.

Projected Regional Hosts

  1. Tennessee
  2. UNC
  3. Texas A&M
  4. Kentucky
  5. Arkansas
  6. Clemson
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Georgia
  9. NC State
  10. UVA
  11. FSU
  12. Oregon St.
  13. Indiana St.
  14. ECU
  15. Oklahoma St.
  16. UC Santa Barbara

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