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NC State Baseballs Welcomes UNC-Asheville for Midweek Matchups

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UNC ASHEVILLE – NC STATE
Date: Tuesday-Wednesday, March 13-14
Location: Doak Field at Dail Park
Time: 3 p.m.
Radio: WKNC 88.1 FM
Live Video: ACC Network Extra
Live Stats: SideArm Live Stats

STARTING PITCHERS
Tuesday – RHP Danny Wilson (UNCA) vs. TBA (NCSU)
Wednesday – TBA (UNCA) vs. TBA (NCSU)

*Rankings according to most recent Baseball America Top-25 Poll*

RALEIGH, N.C. – The 23rd-ranked NC State baseball team will welcome the UNC Asheville Bulldogs to Doak Field at Dail Park for a pair of midweek matchups on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. on both days.

Both games will be streamed live on the ACC Network Extra and radio coverage will be available on WKNC 88.1 FM and on GoPack.com for premium subscribers.

NC State heads into the week with a 13-3 overall record, while UNC Asheville has played a very challenging schedule and the squad is 3-11.

Last Time Out
In its last outing, NC State split a doubleheader with Boston College, clinching the series in the process. The Wolfpack won last Friday’s ACC opener 2-1 and earned a 13-7 win in the first game of the twin bill to take the series.

UNC Asheville earned a 9-3 victory in its most recent outing at home against Manhattan.

Series Record
NC State and UNC Asheville have met six times in the history of the programs with the Wolfpack owning a 5-1 advantage.

Last Time Versus UNC Asheville
Last season, the Bulldogs also traveled to Raleigh when the Pack recorded the victory, 13-1. NC State had four different players tally three hits in the contest, as the Wolfpack collected 18 hits as a team.

Johnny Piedmonte made his first start of 2017 against UNC Asheville and pithed five innings to earn the win on the mound.

Scouting UNC Asheville
UNC Asheville heads to Raleigh with a very deceiving 3-11 record, as the Bulldogs are a strong team that challenged Florida State in a three-game series in Tallahassee and Mercer, the conference favorite in the Southern Conference, in a series in Georgia.

Carmine Pagano leads the team offensively with a .305 batting average, as UNC Asheville is hitting .217. Joe Gruszka owns a team-high three home runs and has scored a team-best 12 runs.

On the mound, the Bulldogs’ pitching staff has been tested against some strong offensive teams, as the staff has compiled a 6.39 ERA with 99 strikeouts.

Wolfpack Enters Baseball America, D1Baseball Rankings
For the first time this season, NC State is ranked in the Baseball America and D1Baseball Top-25 Polls, as the Wolfpack checks in at No. 23 and 24, respectively.

Wolfpack in the ACC Rankings
The NC State offense has been red hot to start the season, as the Wolfpack leads the ACC in seven categories: batting average (.327), hits (183), runs (134), runs batted in (124), total bases (312), slugging percentage (.558) and home runs (31).

Pack Power
NC State’s 31 home runs rank third in the NCAA as a team, six shy of the national leader, Tennessee Tech. The Wolfpack has hit at least one homer in 14 of 16 games this season.

Last season, NC State had 17 home runs through the first 16 games and has nearly doubled that number in 2018 in as many games.

The Wolfpack’s 31 home runs this year is more than the squad hit in all of 2013 (29) and 2014 (30).

Kinneman Leading the NCAA, ACC
NC State’s Brett Kinneman has enjoyed strong start to the season, as he is currently tied for the NCAA lead in home runs with nine. The York, Pa., native hit 10 homers in all of 2017.

His 28 hits pace the ACC and his 27 RBIs is also best in the conference.

Shutting It Down
The NC State bullpen has been stellar through the first half of the season, as the group has compiled a 1.81 ERA while opponents bullpens have recorded a 10.23 ERA.

Leaving ‘Em Stranded
The Wolfpack’s bullpen has inherited 33 runners and only six of them have scored, so NCSU pitchers have stranded 82 percent of the runners they inherited.

Lucky Fourth
NC State has scored 26 runs in the fourth inning of games this season, the most in any frame and has limited opponents to just five runs. The difference of 21 runs in the largest margin in an inning this year.

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3 NC State Players Named to D1Baseball 2019 Preseason All-American Team

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RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State baseball’s Patrick Bailey, Kent Klyman and Will Wilson have been named D1Baseball Preseason All-Americans in advance of the 2019 season.

The Wolfpack is one of just four teams nationally with three players on the team and the only program from the ACC. All three earned a spot on the third team.

Patrick Bailey, So., C

Bailey was a unanimous Freshman All-America selection last season, claiming the honor from all five publications to announce the award, including Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Perfect Game.

The Greensboro, N.C., native turned in a stellar rookie season to earn ACC Freshman of the Year. Bailey led all freshmen in the ACC in batting average (.321), home runs (13), total bases (113) and slugging percentage (.604).

He was tabbed a Second Team All-ACC and ACC All-Freshman Team selection, in addition to being an American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Region honoree. Bailey set the NC State freshman home run record with 13 long balls in his initial season, eclipsing the previous mark of 12 held by Colt Morton.

The switch-hitting catcher made history against William & Mary, when he became the first Wolfpack player to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game.

Bailey’s .604 slugging percentage led the Pack, was the fourth highest in the ACC and best for a freshman. He logged the second most multi-hit games on the team with 21 and also contributed 11 multi-RBI games, highlighted by two games with five or more RBIs. Bailey threw out 11 runners on the base paths and recorded a .983 fielding percentage.

He earns his second Preseason All-America honor, as he also received the award from Perfect Game.

Kent Klyman, Jr., LHP

Klyman served as the Wolfpack’s top reliever out of the bullpen last season, as he was second on the team with 31 appearances. That mark tied for the sixth most by an ACC pitcher last season.

He led NC State with eight wins to go along with a 2.34 earned run average (ERA). Klyman’s eight wins tied for the second most in the conference. The junior pitcher threw 61.2 innings as a sophomore and also tallied four saves.

The Jamestown, Va., native struck out 67 batters and walked only 25 batters while allowing just 16 earned runs. He sported a 0.00 ERA through his first 12 outings of the 2018 season. Klyman threw a career-long 4.1 innings against Notre Dame and fanned a career-best six batters in 3.1 innings of relief against UNC-Chapel Hill.

He did not allow an earned run in 22 of his 31 appearances and held opponents to a .204 batting average. Klyman was a part of four combined shutouts by the NC State pitching staff last season.

Will Wilson, Jr., SS

Hailing from Kings Mountain, N.C., Wilson secures his third Preseason All-America honor as he also collected the accolade from Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game. He was recently tabbed one of the top 50 prospects for the 2019 MLB Draft by MLB Pipeline.

He spent the summer as a member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team (CNT) and traveled to Cuba with the team.

After claiming Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball in his initial season with the Wolfpack, Wilson put together a .307 batting average as a sophomore to go along with 53 RBIs and 15 home runs. He was one of seven Wolfpack players to claim All-ACC honors and one of four named to the first team.

The Pack’s shortstop made program history during the season by becoming the first NC State player to claim ACC Player of the Week honors three times in a season. Wilson hit 10 home runs against ACC teams, which tied for the third most in conference games and is the most among returning players. He was named one of 35 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is given annually to the top player in collegiate baseball.

Wilson was also selected to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, which is presented to the nation’s top shortstop. He was tabbed National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and College Sports Madness, along with NCBWA National Hitter of the Week during the season.

NC State will open the 2019 season ranked No. 21 in the Perfect Game and No. 22 in the Collegiate Baseball Preseason Polls, which marks the 17th consecutive season that the Wolfpack has either started or finished the year ranked among the top 25. The Pack hosts the Bucknell Bison on opening weekend, Feb. 15-17, for a three-game series at Doak Field at Dail Park.

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NC State Ranked 21st in Perfect Game 2019 Preseason College Baseball Poll

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – After hosting an NCAA Regional for the sixth time in program history last season, the NC State baseball team will begin its 2019 campaign ranked No. 21 in the Perfect Game Preseason Poll, the organization announced Wednesday.

The selection marks the 17th consecutive year that NC State has either started the year or finished the season ranked in the polls.

The Pack is one of five programs from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) to appear in the Perfect Game preseason listing.

NC State will play a total of 14 games versus teams ranked in the poll.

Perfect Game announced its preseason All-Americans on Tuesday, as junior Will Wilson was named to the second team and sophomore Patrick Bailey was tabbed to the third team.

The Wolfpack was also ranked in the Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll announced in December, checking in at No. 22.

NC State opens the 2019 season at home on Feb. 15 against Bucknell. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park.

2019 NC State baseball season tickets are now on sale and can be found on GoPack.com/Pack9Tickets.

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NC State Lands 2 on Perfect Game Preseason All-American Teams

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – NC State baseball’s Patrick Bailey and Will Wilson have been tabbed Preseason All-Americans by Perfect Game ahead of the 2019 season, announced Tuesday by the organization.

Wilson earns a spot on the second team, ranking among the nation’s top four middle infielders, while Bailey is on the third team as one of the top three catchers nationally.

Hailing from Kings Mountain, N.C., Wilson secures his second Preseason All-America honor as he also collected the accolade from Collegiate Baseball. He was recently tabbed one of the top 50 prospects for the 2019 MLB Draft by MLB Pipeline.

He spent the summer as a member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team (CNT) and traveled to Cuba with the team.

After claiming Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball in his initial season with the Wolfpack, Wilson put together a .307 batting average as a sophomore to go along with 53 RBIs and 15 home runs. He was one of seven Wolfpack players to claim All-ACC honors and one of four named to the first team.

The Pack’s shortstop made program history during the season by becoming the first NC State player to claim ACC Player of the Week honors three times in a season. Wilson hit 10 home runs against ACC teams, which tied for the third most in conference games and is the most among returning players. He was named one of 35 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is given annually to the top player in collegiate baseball.

Wilson was also selected to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, which is presented to the nation’s top shortstop. He was tabbed National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and College Sports Madness, along with NCBWA National Hitter of the Week during the season.

Bailey was a unanimous Freshman All-America selection last season, claiming the honor from all five publications to announce the award, including Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Perfect Game.

The Greensboro, N.C., native turned in a stellar rookie season to earn ACC Freshman of the Year. Bailey led all freshmen in the ACC in batting average (.321), home runs (13), total bases (113) and slugging percentage (.604).

He was tabbed a Second Team All-ACC and ACC All-Freshman Team selection, in addition to being an American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Region honoree. Bailey set the NC State freshman home run record with 13 long balls in his initial season, eclipsing the previous mark of 12 held by Colt Morton.

The switch-hitting catcher made history against William & Mary, when he became the first Wolfpack player to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game.

Bailey’s .604 slugging percentage led the Pack, was the fourth highest in the ACC and best for a freshman. He logged the second most multi-hit games on the team with 21 and also contributed 11 multi-RBI games, highlighted by two games with five or more RBIs. Bailey threw out 11 runners on the base paths and recorded a .983 fielding percentage.

NC State will open the 2019 season ranked No. 22 in Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll, which marks the 17th consecutive season that the Wolfpack has either started or finished the year ranked among the top 25. The Pack hosts the Bucknell Bison on opening weekend, Feb. 15-17, for a three-game series at Doak Field at Dail Park.

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NC State Ranked 22nd in Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll

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Junior Shortstop Will Wilson was recently named a Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball, and yesterday they released their 2019 Preseason College Baseball Poll, and NC State sits at #22.

After the preseason ranking, NC State has now either started or finished the season ranked for 17 straight years.

Collegiate Baseball 2019 Preseason Top-25

Rank Team (Final 2018 Record) Points
1. Louisiana St. (39-27) 496
2. Vanderbilt (35-27) 495
3. UCLA (38-21) 494
4. Texas Tech. (45-20) 491
5. Stanford (46-12) 488
6. Florida (49-21) 487
7. Oregon St. (55-12-1) 485
8. North Carolina (44-20) 482
9. Louisville (45-19) 480
10. Florida St. (43-19) 479
11. Mississippi (48-17) 476
12. Coastal Carolina (43-19) 473
13. Georgia (39-21) 471
14. Texas (42-23) 468
15. Clemson (47-16) 467
16. Oklahoma St. (31-26-1) 464
17. Georgia Tech. (31-21) 462
18. Cal. St. Fullerton (36-25) 460
19. Texas Christian (33-23) 457
20. Duke (45-18) 453
21. Baylor (37-21) 450
22. N.C. State (42-18) 446
23. Auburn (43-23) 445
24. Missouri St. (40-17) 442
25. Arkansas (48-21) 439

ACC Teams in the Top-25

8. UNC
9. Louisville
10 FSU
15. Clemson
17. Georgia Tech
20. Duke
22. NC State

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