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Six-Run Inning Lifts No. 2 NC State Past UNCW, 8-3

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WILMINGTON, N.C. – The second-ranked NC State baseball team scored six runs in the fourth inning en route to an 8-3 victory against the UNCW Seahawks Wednesday afternoon at Brooks Field.

With the win, the Wolfpack remains unbeaten in midweek games this season with a perfect 8-0 record. NC State is now 26-6 overall on the year, while UNCW falls to 20-12.

Freshman Reid Johnston picked up the win for the Pack with 2.1 innings of relief, while UNCW reliever Austin Easter was charged with the loss.

Avent’s Additions
Overall thoughts…
“I thought we played really well tonight,” said head coach Elliott Avent. “This is a tough place to play and they had a big crowd here tonight. They’ve got a really good ball club with some big-time pitching and all of them can pitch. But our guys did what they’ve done all year, which is settle down and play the game.

“Dillon Cooper getting that big two-strike hit and then scoring on the infield single from McLain was huge. Those are the things that we’ve done all year and that’s what has made us who we are. This club likes to play for each other and they give everything they’ve got to each other and that’s part of the reason we’ve been so successful.”

Quick Hits
– UNCW struck first in the contest with an unearned run in the bottom of the third, but NC State answered in a major way with six runs in its next at-bat.
– Brock Deatherage reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to third on a single to left center by freshman Terrell Tatum to put runners at the corners with one out.
– Dillon Cooper ripped an RBI single up the middle to score Deatherage and knot the score at 1-1.
– NC State executed a perfect hit-and-run, as J.T. Jarrett chopped a ground ball over the third baseman’s head into left field to plate Tatum, who was moving with the pitch, from second base.
– An RBI single from Josh McLain pushed the Wolfpack’s advantage to 3-1, as Cooper scored from third base.
– Two batters later, Will Wilson stepped to the plate with two outs and launched his eighth home run of the year to deep center field, giving NC State a 6-1 lead.
– It was the 16th time this season that NC State has scored four of more runs in an inning.
– UNCW got a pair of runs back in the fifth after a two-run homer by Zack Canada to cut the Wolfpack’s lead to 6-3.
– Deatherage sparked the Pack offense with a leadoff triple to left center in the eighth and scored on a single to left field by Dillon Cooper, as he smashed a hanging slider on an 0-2 pitch.
– McLain legged out an infield single to second base for his second hit of the day and Cooper raced around to score from second on the play to extend NC State’s advantage to 8-3.

Inside the Box Score
– Wilson led the Wolfpack at the plate with a 2-for-5 outing, highlighted by a three-run homer. The Kings Mountain, N.C., native hit his first collegiate home run at UNCW last season, as he has homered in consecutive trips to Brooks Field.
– Cooper was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI and runs, while McLain had a multi-hit day and drove in a couple runs.
– Patrick Bailey, Deatherage, Jarrett and Tatum each had one hit for NC State.
– The Wolfpack recorded a .389 batting average at the plate with runners on base and a .667 clip with runners in scoring position. In contrast, UNCW only had two hits with runners on base.

On the Mound
– Freshman David Harrison started on the mound for NC State and pitched 2.1 innings before handing the ball to Nolan Clenney, who threw two-thirds innings.
– Johnston took over next and threw 2.1 innings with a pair of strikeouts.
– Kent Klyman went an 1.2 and Wilmington, N.C., native Joe O’Donnell closed out the game with two hitless innings.

On Deck
NC State returns to action this weekend when Notre Dame visits Doak Field at Dail Park for a three-game series. Friday’s game is set for 6:30 p.m.

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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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