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Two-Run HR in the Bottom of the 8th Leads NC State Past BC 2-1

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With the tying run on second in the bottom of the eighth, sophomore Will Wilson stepped to the plate and belted a two-run homer to give NC State a 2-1 lead and it proved to be the difference, as the Wolfpack opened ACC play with a victory against Boston College Friday afternoon at Doak Field at Dail Park.

Freshman Reid Johnston earned his first collegiate victory with two-thirds of an inning in relief of starter Brian Brown. Sophomore Kent Klyman pitched a perfect ninth to record his first career save. Jacob Stevens was charged with the loss for Boston College.

NC State moves to 12-2 on the year and 1-0 in ACC play, while the Eagles fall to 5-7 and 0-1 in conference action.

Quick Hits
– Boston College pushed across the first run of the contest in the fifth, after a fielding error by the Wolfpack extended the inning.
– Brian Dempsey delivered the big hit in the inning with an RBI double down the left field line to give the Eagles a 1-0 advantage.
– BC threatened in the top of the eighth, putting runners on second and third with one out but Johnston relieved Brown and induced a flyout to center field and a groundout to escape the jam.
– In the bottom half, senior Josh McLain sparked the NC State rally, as he ripped the first pitch from Stevens off the wall in left field for a one-out double, narrowly missing his second home run of the year.
– Two batters later, Wilson clubbed his fourth homer of the season over the wall in left center on the first pitch of his at-bat, giving the Wolfpack a 2-1 lead.
– Klyman entered the game to pitch the ninth and worked a perfect inning, getting a groundout to Dillon Cooper at third base, swinging strikeout and a groundout to Shane Shepard at first base to seal the win for the Pack.

Wilson’s Words
“I felt pretty good and I had some good at-bats up to that point in the game. Their pitcher has been in the ACC for a while now and he knows what he is doing. We saw him last year and we tried to make the adjustments.

“I was sitting on a slider and he hung one late in the game and I thought I put a very good swing on the ball.”

Game Notes
– NC State’s pitching staff has not allowed an earned run in its last 18 innings pitched.
– The Wolfpack only walked one batter in the contest, as NC State’s 37 walks on the year is the fewest in the ACC.
– NCSU’s pitchers held Boston College to just three hits and just one of those went for extra bases.
– The Pack collected five hits in the game and is undefeated on the year when recording more hits than its opponent at 12-0.
– Wilson extended his reached base safely streak to 29 games, dating back to last season.

Inside the Box Score
– McLain was the only player in the game with more than one hit, as he singled in the third and doubled in the eighth.
– Brad Debo, Evan Edwards and Wilson each contributed a hit for the Wolfpack.
– On the mound, Brown pitched seven innings, struck out six batters and only walked one.
– His counterpart was equally as good, as Stevens threw eight innings with eight strikeouts.

Up Next
NC State and Boston College will return to the diamond for games two and three of the series on Saturday, as the squads will play a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. at Doak Field.

 

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NC State Baseball: Projected NCAA Tournament Field UPDATE (5/26/19)

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Before #14 NC State lost to #8 Georgia Tech yesterday in the ACC Tournament Semifinals, and before UNC advanced to the championship game, defeating Boston College, both D1Baseball and Baseball America projected the Wolfpack would be a regional host.

But both of those things did happen, causing D1Baseball to bump NC State to a #2 seed in ECU’s (#10 seed) regional.

Baseball America still projects the Wolfpack as a regional host, as the #15 seed, accompanied by Ole Miss, Campbell and Jacksonville State.

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NC State Baseball Drops ACC Championship Semifinal Contest With Georgia Tech

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DURHAM, N.C. – No. 13 NC State baseball’s run at the ACC Championship ended with a 9-2 loss in its semifinal matchup with sixth-ranked and second-seeded Georgia Tech on Saturday evening at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C. 

The Wolfpack moves to 42-17 on the year while the Yellow Jackets improve to 41-16 on the year and advance to the championship final Sunday. 

Quick Hits

-Tristin English’s leadoff homer to right field in the second gave Tech the early advantage. 

-Patrick Bailey leveled the score at one in the third as he drove in Jonny Butler, who reached on a leadoff single, from first with his triple down the right field line.

-In the fifth, Tech took its lead back thanks to Michael Guldberg’s three-run homer to left field following an outfield single and walk on two outs.

-The Jackets extended its lead to 6-1 in the eighth via Baron Radcliff’s two-run double with runners in scoring position. A bases-loaded wild pitch and 2-RBI single up the middle tacked on three more runs in the frame.

-Down to its final out of the game, Butler drew a two-out walk and scored on Will Wilson’s double to the left field wall to make it 9-2, but it wasn’t enough to erase the deficit. 

Inside The Box Score

-Butler went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, while Wilson and Evan Edwards hit a double apiece. Wilson leads the team with 20 this season.

-Bailey additionally contributed to the team’s six hits on the night with his team-leading third triple of the year.

-Starting pitcher Jason Parker (4-3) was charged with the loss after going 4.2 innings and yielding four earned runs on five hits. 

On Deck

NC State will now await its fate for the NCAA Tournament. The top 16 host sites will be announced Sunday at 8:30 p.m. via social media, and the full selection show will be held Monday at 12:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

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NC State Falls to FSU 11-0 to close out Pool Play, Will Face GT in Semi’s Tonight

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DURHAM, N.C. – No. 13 NC State baseball wrapped up pool play on Friday evening at the ACC Championship in Durham, N.C., at theDurham Bulls Athletic Park. In its second game of the week, the Wolfpack fell to sixth-seeded Florida State, 11-0 (7 inn.).

The result snaps a 139-game streak of not suffering a shutout loss, with the last coming on April 23, 2017, at Boston College (a 1-0 loss).

The No. 3 seed Wolfpack already clinched a spot in the semifinals Saturday, as it defeated 10th-seeded Wake Forest, 6-5, on Thursday nightafter the Seminoles dropped a 7-4 decision to the Demon Deacons on Tuesday. Since all three teams finished with a 1-1 record in pool play, the top-seeded team, NC State, automatically advances to the weekend.

The Pack moves to 42-16 on the year while the Seminoles improve to 36-21.

How It Happened

-The Noles got off to a strong start with a pair of runs in the first inning. Back-to-back doubles by Reese Albert and Drew Mendoza just fair of the right field line plated the first run. After a wild pitch and walk put runners at the corners, J.C. Flowers’ single up the middle tacked on the other run of the frame. 

-FSU doubled its lead in the third after stringing together four base hits following a leadoff walk.

-In the fourth, two more runs scored for the Noles via Mendoza’s sac fly to center field and Robby Martin’s single up the middle after a leadoff single and double put runners in scoring position.

-Florida State knocked in five runs via a solo homer, pair of RBI doubles and RBI single in the fifth.

-The Noles made it 11-0 in the seventh when Carter Smith scored on an error. He led off with a single to right field, and a wild pitch and groundout to second allowed him to threaten at third. 

On Deck

NC State will face second-seeded Georgia Tech Saturday in the ACC Championship semifinal at the DBAP. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m., as the game will be broadcast on Regional Sports Networks (RSN) and the ACC Network Extra (subject to blackout). There will also be a free audio stream on WKNC 88.1 FM.

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VIDEO: NC State Celebrates 9th Inning Comeback Over Wake Forest in ACCT

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Wake Forest has stood in NC State’s way in the past, but not this time. Trailing 5-2 in the top of the 9th inning, NC State scored 4 runs to take a 6-5 lead, and held onto victory in the bottom of the 9th.

Check out the videos below of the Wolfpack celebrating, close calls, and head coach Elliott Avent’s view on instant replay.

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