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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 SS Will Wilson is the #28 2019 MLB Draft Prospect

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NC State Junior Shortstop Will Wilson is currently the #28 2019 Major League Baseball Draft prospect.

“For the second time in five years, North Carolina State could have a shortstop selected in the first round. Wilson isn’t as tooled up as Trea Turner or the other top shortstops in a deep college crop, but he has a high floor as a steady up-the-middle defender with surprising power. He was one of four players to hit 10 or more homers in Atlantic Coast Conference games in 2018, joining Giants No. 2 overall pick Joey Bart, Astros first-rounder Seth Beer and Blue Jays second-rounder Griffin Conine.

Though he’s not physically imposing, Wilson has quick hands and deceptive strength that give him at least above-average raw power. A right-handed hitter, he has a knack for putting the barrel on the ball. He shows the ability to hit for average and power, though he could stand to draw a few more walks.

The biggest knock on Wilson is his below-average speed. Most big league shortstops run better than that, though some scouts think he can stay at the position because he has quick actions and hands. Others believe his speed and average arm will land him at second base, where he played as a freshman and still would profile well offensively.” (MLB)

Last year Wilson earned 1st Team All-ACC honors, and was a 2nd Team All-American (Collegiate Baseball).

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VIDEO: Funderburk talks big night, versatility, and running in practice (BULLETED)

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DJ Funderburk scored 20 points in his NC State debut and went 7-7 from the floor (and 5-5 from the line). The 6’9 transfer met with the media after the game to discuss. Above is the full video and below are the bulleted highlights.

  • Loves the system. Loves the coaching staff. They make the team comfortable and it helps the team play better.
  • Running a lot in practice, but it’s paying off. Don’t get tired in the game. Need to keep striving, but going to keep running.
  • At halftime, coach told us it was 0-0 and told us that if they got 70 points we were going to have to run. That was an extra incentive. Kept grinding all game.
  • Really there isn’t position names or titles. Everyone is versatile. Can switch 1 through 5 all game.
  • Need to keep improving. Have to work on shot, handle, conditioning. Teammates helped get me the ball in the right spots.
  • Patterns his mentally after Kevin Garnett. Patterns his game after Lamar Odom, Kevin Durant and Magic Johnson, because of their versatility.

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NC State Releases 2019 Baseball Schedule

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RALEIGH, N.C. – After guiding NC State baseball to a 40-win season and top-25 finish in the rankings last year, Wolfpack head coach Elliott Avent announced the program’s 2019 schedule Thursday afternoon.

The Wolfpack’s slate is highlighted by 31 home games at Doak Field at Dail Park and 25 games against teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season.

Additionally, NC State will play 32 games versus teams that finished 2018 ranked among the top 100 of the NCAA RPI.

With last season’s top-25 finish, NC State has either finished or began the year among the top 25 of a major poll in each of the past 16 seasons under Avent’s leadership.

The Wolfpack will open the season with a home series against Bucknell (Feb. 15-17) before a midweek matchup at Elon. NC State will travel to Conway, S.C., on the second weekend of the year to battle Michigan State, Kent State and the host Coastal Carolina Chanticleers.

Following a midweek game at Campbell, the Pack welcomes nationally-ranked Minnesota, the Big Ten Champions that advanced to NCAA Super Regionals, to Doak Field for a three-game series from March 1-3.

NC State opens ACC play at home against Pittsburgh (March 8-10) and hosts Florida State in its second weekend of conference play from March 15-17. The Wolfpack will also welcome Virginia, Louisville and Clemson to Doak Field for home ACC series this season.

The Pack will begin its conference road slate at Miami (March 22-24). NCSU also makes road trips to Boston College, Wake Forest, Notre Dame and UNC-Chapel Hill.

NC State will play four games at current Minor League Baseball ballparks, including two at BB&T Ballpark (Home of the Charlotte Knights) and one each at TicketReturn.com Field (Home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans) and First National Bank Field (Home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers).

Additionally, the schedule features a matchup with North Carolina Central at the historic Durham Athletic Park.

The 2019 ACC Championship will be held at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park for the second consecutive season from May 21-26. NCAA Regionals begin May 31 and the College World Series (CWS) convenes at Omaha’s TD Ameritrade Park from June 15-26.

NC State returns a strong core of players to the 2019 squad after making its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament in 2018 and 16th in the last 21 seasons.

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

2018 NCAA Tournament Teams on NC State’s Schedule
Kent State
Coastal Carolina
Campbell
Minnesota (Advanced to Super Regional)
Florida State
N.C. A&T
South Carolina (Advanced to Super Regional)
Louisville
UNCW
Tennessee Tech (Advanced to Super Regional)
Clemson
UNC-Chapel Hill (Advanced to College World Series)

25 games

2018 NCAA Top 100 Final RPI Teams on NC State’s Schedule
UNC-Chapel Hill (3)
Florida State (3)
Minnesota (3)
Clemson (3)
Tennessee Tech (1)
Louisville (3)
Coastal Carolina (2)
South Carolina (1)
Kent State (1)
UNCW (2)
Miami (3)
Wake Forest (3)
Charlotte (1)
Virginia (3)

32 games

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Details emerging on Elliot Avent’s new contract

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As we reported yesterday, The NC State Board of Trustees approved a new contract for head baseball coach Elliot Avent.

What was not reported was the amount he’ll be getting after 42-18 season and 2nd place ACC finish. WRAL’s Jeff Gravely chimed in with this last night…

$500,000 for a base salary is very good in the world of ACC college baseball. If you want to compare, we can look at Clemson’s Monta Lee, who led the Tigers to a 47-16 season and a 1st place ACC finish.

Lee will be paid $460,000 this year and next year, $480,000 in 2020-2021 and $500,000 in 2021-2022 and 2022-2023.

So Lee wins the ACC, but still won’t be making that ‘Elliot Avent money’ until 2021.

Meanwhile, Avent is really starting to build something special at NC State.

The Pack 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 Release)

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