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No. 2 NC State Travels to UNCW for Midweek Tilt Wednesday

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NC STATE – UNCW
Date: Wednesday, April 11
Location: Brooks Field
Time: 6 p.m.
Radio: WKNC 88.1 FM
Live Video: Seahawks Digital Network
Live Stats: Stat Broadcast

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Wednesday – LHP David Harrison (NCSU) vs. LHP Blake Morgan (UNCW)

RALEIGH, N.C. – The second-ranked NC State baseball team will travel to Wilmington on Wednesday afternoon for a midweek matchup with the UNCW Seahawks. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. at Brooks Field.

The game will be broadcast live on the Seahawks Digital Network and radio coverage will be available on WKNC 88.1 FM and GoPack.com for premium subscribers.

NC State owns a 25-6 overall record heading into the contest, while UNCW is 20-11.

Freshman David Harrison will start on the mound for the Wolfpack and be opposed by Seahawks junior lefty Blake Morgan.

Last Time Out
In its last outing, NC State cruised past Louisville with a 10-3 victory to clinch the series. The Pack scored three runs in the top of the first and never looked back en route to the victory.

UNCW earned a 4-3 victory in its last outing to avoid the series sweep against Wofford at home.

The Series
Wednesday’s game will be the 88th meeting between the programs, as NC State leads the all-time series, 68-19. The Wolfpack swept the season series last year and has won 11 of the last 13 matchups.

Last Time Versus UNCW
The Wolfpack recorded a 6-3 win against the Seahawks in the most recent matchup between the programs on May 10, 2017, at Doak Field at Dail Park. Brett Kinneman sparked the offense in that game, as he hit a solo homer in the second inning before the Wolfpack tacked on runs after an RBI double from Brad Debo and a sacrifice fly from Joe Dunand.

Kent Klyman earned his first career win against UNCW, as he threw two shutout innings with a pair of strikeouts and retired all six batters he faced. Joe O’Donnell pitched an inning and a third to nail down the save.

Last Time at UNCW
NC State also traveled to UNCW last season when the Wolfpack earned an 8-5 victory at Brooks Field. The Pack hit three home runs in the contest, as Debo and Will Wilson each hit their first collegiate homers in the game.

The Wolfpack jumped out to a 5-0 victory in the game and held off a late comeback attempt from the Seahawks. O’Donnell pitched 1.2 innings of relief to earn the win and Austin Staley closed out the game to record the save.

Scouting UNCW
The UNCW Seahawks are off to a nice start to the season, as the squad is 20-11 through the first half of the year and 4-2 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) action. UNCW was picked to finish first in its conference by the league’s head coaches.

Two student-athletes were named to the Preseason All-CAA Team, headlined by junior pitcher Alex Royalty and classmate Ryan Jeffers.

Mason Berne leads the CAA at the plate with a .372 batting average complemented by a team-high 42 hits. Jeffers paces the squad with 15 doubles and nine home runs to go along with a .342 batting average. As a team, the Hawks have compiled a .269 clip at the plate and are scoring 5.42 runs per game.

On the mound, UNCW’s pitchers have recorded a 3.20 earned run average (ERA). Wednesday’s starter Blake Morgan is 1-0 on the year with a 0.51 ERA and will be making his first start of the season.

Battle of the Deatherage Brothers
NC State’s Brock Deatherage will have another opportunity to compete against his younger brother Blake, who is in infielder/pitcher for UNCW.

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NC STATE BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVES NEW CONTRACTS FOR AVENT AND SANTORO

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State Board of Trustees approved Friday new contracts for head baseball coach Elliott Avent and head women’s soccer coach Tim Santoro.

Avent’s contract, which was set to expire in June of 2019, has been extended through 2021 with the potential for additional years based on achievement.

“Coach Avent has led NC State baseball for over two decades, and we’re glad he will continue as our leader for years to come,” said Director of Athletics, Debbie Yow.  “He works tirelessly, recruits at a high level, and we look forward to his continued leadership.”

Santoro agreed to a two-year extension to his current agreement, which puts him under contract for five years through 2022.

“Coach Santoro continues to do an exceptional job building our women’s soccer program. He recruits at a high level, has elevated NC State, and this contract reflects our commitment.”
Last season, Avent guided the Wolfpack to a 40-win season, highlighted by hosting an NCAA Regional in Raleigh for the sixth time in program history, all of which have come under his direction. The Wolfpack won its first seven ACC series and tied the program record with 19 conference wins.

NC State finished the year ranked No. 22 in the D1 Baseball Poll, which marks the 16th consecutive season that the Wolfpack has either started or finished the year ranked among the top 25 of a major poll. The Pack also made history with four players selected in the top-10 rounds of the 2018 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft.

In 2013, he led the Wolfpack to the College World Series (CWS) and has taken NC State to the NCAA Tournament in 17 of his 22 seasons at the helm, including 14 of the last 16 seasons.

Avent is the winningest head coach in program history and is just one of 17 active NCAA Division I baseball head coaches with 1,000 or more career wins. The 2019 season will be his 23rd leading the Wolfpack.

“NC State has always been where my heart is, and I’ve spent the better part of my professional life striving to build a program our campus, alumni, and community can share a sense of pride in,” said Avent. “There is a tremendous amount of pride that connects our players and staff, both past and present. Together we have amassed years of sustained success that has created such a passionate and loyal fan base.

“I look forward to leading the Wolfpack for years to come maintaining the consistency that has become a hallmark of NC State baseball.”

Last season, Santoro led NC State to the NCAA Second Round with a 15-5-2 record, marking the most wins for the program since 1995. The campaign was highlighted by a third-place finish in the ACC regular season standings and the program’s first ACC Championship semifinal appearance since 1995.

“I’ve enjoyed my time at NC State and in Raleigh and am so thankful to Debbie and the administration for having faith in me to continue building on what started a few years back,” said Santoro. “While we’ve made some great strides, there’s still so much more to accomplish and I’m just excited for the opportunity to keep leading a top ACC program that’s part of a great institution, in a great city and surrounded by great people.”

The women’s soccer team finished with a final RPI of 23, setting its best mark in program history since the NCAA began archiving the stat in 2000. The Wolfpack improved 11 spots from 2016 when the team earned a then program-best RPI of 34, and has made a 197-spot improvement from 220th in 2015.

NC State also clinched back-to-back ACC Championship berths for the first time since 2003-04 and earned consecutive NCAA Championship appearances for the first time since 1995-96.

The Pack additionally finished 21st in the final United Soccer Coaches poll, 23rd in Soccer America’s and 16th in Top Drawer Soccer’s, marking the first back-to-back top 25 finishes for the program since 1991-92.

Santoro is in his sixth season leading the women’s soccer program and was the NSCAA Southeast Region Coach of the Year and a finalist for National Coach of the Year in 2016.

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NC State basketball completed their NBA Combine-like testing this week

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If you’ve followed our site through the years, then you know that NC State does an annual NBA-Combine like testing called ‘BAM.’ This is where they test speed, strength, and agility and get back precise data, which shows their offseason improvements.

They did this under Gottfried as well, but something tells me that the data that is returned is going to be utilized a bit better under Keatts. Here is a full explanation of what they went through…

And here is a little video (and some pictures) of the process…

We’re working on getting some numbers back, but as of right now it seems as if Keatts is keeping this data close to the vest. We’ll update you when we know more…

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Trea Turner’s power / speed combo puts him in MLB history books

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Former NC State (and current Washington Nationals) SS, Trea Turner, is having what has become a historic season.

So why hasn’t there been more hype around the 25-year-old?

Well, last year in an injury-shortened season (412 ABs), Turner was on an even torrid pace. He batted .284, hit 11 HRs and stole 46 bases. That was coming off a 2016 season where, in just 324 ABs he hit an insane .342 with 33 HRs and 33 steals.

Those type of numbers have made some see his 2018 numbers as a sort of letdown.

After last night’s big game (2-5, HR, 3 RBIs) Turner is hitting .268 with 15 HRs in 504 ABs. He’s also stolen 32 bases. While he’s shown a better pace in the past, the current pace is actually good enough to land him in the MLB record books.

Trea Turner is already showing historic power/speed combo numbers, but his past numbers show, this might just be the beginning of what is possible for the young SS.

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Detroit Tigers promote Brock Deatherage to A-Advanced & he keeps raking

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We told you just a few days ago that former NC State OF Brock Deatherage was lighting up the minor leagues.

Well, we weren’t the only ones who thought so.

Yesterday, Deatherage was promoted by the Detroit Tigers from Class A to Class A-Advanced.

 

It seems as if the Tigers are fast-tracking Brock at this point. If he hits well for Lakeland, he could start next season in AA, and if that happens, he could see the majors by the end of next season. But again, it all comes down to him continuing to hit like this.

The good news is, in his first at-bat with the new club, Deatherage hit a laser-beam of a triple into the right-center gap.

We’ll keep you updated on how he fares in the coming weeks.

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