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Second-Ranked Wolfpack Welcomes Notre Dame for Weekend Series

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NOTRE DAME – NC STATE
Dates: Friday – Sunday, April 13-15
Location: Doak Field at Dail Park
Times: 6:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) | 12 p.m. (Sun.)
Radio: WKNC 88.1 FM
Live Video: ACC Network Extra
Live Stats: SideArm Live Stats

STARTING PITCHERS
Friday – LHP Scott Tully (ND) vs. RHP Johnny Piedmonte (NCSU)
Saturday – LHP Tommy Sheehan (ND) vs. LHP Brian Brown (NCSU)
Sunday – RHP Cameron Junker (ND) vs. RHP Michael Bienlien (NCSU)

RALEIGH, N.C. – No. 2 NC State baseball will return home to Doak Field at Dail Park this weekend to host Notre Dame for a three-game series following a seven-game road stretch.

Friday and Saturday’s games are slated for 6:30 p.m., while Sunday’s series finale will begin at noon.

All three games will be broadcast live on the ACC Network Extra, accessible through Watch ESPN and the Watch ESPN App. Radio coverage will also be available on WKNC 88.1 FM and on GoPack.com for premium subscribers.

NC State enters the weekend with a 26-6 overall record, including an 11-4 mark in ACC play while Notre Dame heads to Raleigh with a 14-19 mark and a 5-7 ledger in conference action.

Last Time Out
In its last outing, NC State used a big fourth inning to earn an 8-3 victory at UNCW. The Wolfpack scored six runs in the fourth inning and didn’t look back en route to the win.

Freshman Reid Johnston earned the win on the mound with 2.1 innings of relief, while Will Wilson led the Pack at the plate with a pair of hits including a three-run homer.

The Series
NC State leads the all-time series against Notre Dame, 9-5, with 13 of the 14 meetings as ACC opponents. The Wolfpack and Fighting Irish have alternated series wins since the first matchup between the programs in 2014 with each team winning its series at home.

NC State won the first series in Raleigh before Notre Dame took the 2015 series on its home field. In 2016, the Pack recorded the series win and the Irish countered with a series win last season in South Bend.

Last Time Versus Notre Dame
The Wolfpack won the most recent meeting between the teams, as NC State closed out last year’s series with a 9-2 win. Michael Bienlien turned in a stellar performance on the mound with seven strong innings to earn his first career victory.

NC State led 2-1 through the first seven innings, but broke the game open with six runs in the ninth inning to run away with the victory. Notre Dame won the series with wins in game one and two.

Last Time Versus Notre Dame in Raleigh
NC State and Notre Dame split the first two games of the last series held at Doak Field before the Wolfpack clinched the series with a 16-6 win in the rubber game. The Irish jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the contest, but the Pack responded with six unanswered runs to grab a 6-5 advantage.

After ND knotted the score at six, NCSU plated a pair of runs in the fifth and six innings prior to a six-run outburst in the eighth inning. That game was shortened by an inning due to a travel curfew.

Joe O’Donnell threw a complete game in the first contest of the series and nearly has a shutout, but Notre Dame scored a run in the ninth on a solo homer. O’Donnell was named the ACC Pitcher of the Week following his standout performance.

Scouting Notre Dame
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish make the trip to Raleigh after splitting a pair of midweek games, earning an 8-7 with Michigan State on Tuesday before dropping a 2-0 decision at home against Northwestern on Wednesday.

Notre Dame opened the season with a big weekend in Baton Rouge, as the squad won the series at No. 9 LSU. The Irish took two of three games against Wake Forest at home to take that series as well.

Junior Nick Podkul leads the team at the plate with a .333 batting average and a team-high 40 hits. Cole Daily is second on the Irish with 48 hits complemented by a .281 clip at the dish. As a team, Notre Dame owns a .267 batting average and is scoring 5.39 runs per game.

Fighting Irish pitchers have struggled on the mound, as the staff has compiled a 5.16 earned run average (ERA). Friday starter Scott Tully is 4-1 on the year with a 3.02 ERA, Saturday’s starter Tommy Sheehan owns a 5.97 ERA with a 1-3 record, while Sunday’s starter Cameron Junker is 0-3 with a 6.44 slash.

Big Innings
NC State has scored four of more runs in an inning 17 times this season with the most recent occurrence at UNCW on Wednesday. The Wolfpack scored six runs in the fourth inning en route to the victory.

The Pack’s season high for runs in an inning is eight, accomplished in the fourth inning of the Campbell game on March 3 and the seventh inning of the Air Force game on Feb. 26.

Eight in a Row
The Wolfpack owns the ACC’s longest active series-win streak, as NC State has won eighth consecutive conference series. NC State has each of its weekend matchups dating back to the Virginia Tech series from last season.

A League of its Own
NC State is the only team in the ACC that has not lost a conference series this season. The Wolfpack is also the only program that has swept a road series when NCSU accomplished the feat at No. 2 Clemson.

Matching the Highest-Ever Ranking
On Monday, NC State leaped to No. 2 in the national rankings, which matches the highest-ever listing for the program. The Wolfpack was also ranked No. 2 during the 2003 and 1993 seasons.

Two Golden Spikes Midseason Honorees
After helping lead the second-ranked NC State baseball team to its highest-ever ranking, NC State baseball’s Brian Brown and Brett Kinneman have been named to the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List, announced on Tuesday by the organization.

The Wolfpack is one of just six teams in the nation to have more than one player earn a spot on the list and the only program from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Brown and Kinneman are the fourth and fifth players in program history to be named to the distinguished list, joining Carlos Rodon, Trea Turner and Brett Austin.

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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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