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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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#1 NC State Baseball Defeats Miami in 1st ACC Road Game, 6-3

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Thanks to a five-run fifth inning, No. 1 NC State earned a 6-3 win in its first ACC road game of the year against Miami Friday night at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.

The Wolfpack moves to 21-1 on the year and now leads the nation in wins. NC State is also the only team in the ACC with six conference wins (6-1). Miami falls to 15-7 on the year and 3-4 in ACC play.

ACC Pitcher of the Week Jason Parker started on the mound for NC State and pitched four innings before turning it over to the bullpen. Freshman Baker Nelson was stellar in the contest with two scoreless innings of relief to earn his first collegiate win and Miami starter Evan McKendry was hit with his first loss (4-1) of the year.

Quick Hits

– After four scoreless innings, NC State tallied the game’s first runs with a big inning in the fifth, as the Wolfpack plated five runs.

– Patrick Bailey sparked the two-out rally with a double down the left field line and Evan Edwards followed with an RBI double to right center, scoring Bailey.

– Freshman Tyler McDonough tallied the Wolfpack’s third consecutive two-out hit to plate Edwards and give NC State a 2-0 lead.

– Following a single from Brad Debo, David Vazquez stepped to the plate and belted his second home run of the season, a three-run blast to extend the Pack’s advantage to 5-0, as NC State recorded five consecutive hits with two outs.

– It marked the 15th time this season that the Wolfpack has tallied a ‘big inning’ with four or more runs in the frame.

– Miami got a pair of runs back in the bottom half after three walks and a hit-by-pitch to cut the margin to 5-2.

– Bailey led off the seventh with a double to left center and came around to score on a double to deep center field off the bat of McDonough to push the NC State advantage to 6-2.

– Alex Toral pulled the ‘Canes within three runs with a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth, but Dalton Feeney entered the game and retired the next four batters to pick up his fifth save of the year.

Inside the Box Score

– McDonough led the Wolfpack at the plate with a 3-for-5 outing, his team-leading 12th multi-hit game of the season.

– Vazquez extended his hitting streak to eight games, as he was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a homer.

– Debo tallied a pair of hits in the contest to push his hitting streak to six games.

– Bailey and Jonny Butler were each 2-for-5 in the game, while Edwards was 1-for-4.

– Bailey and Edwards have now reached base safely in every game this year.

On Deck

NC State and Miami return to the field for game two of the series Saturday night. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. at Mark Light Field.

Photo Credit: JC Ridley/Miami Hurricanes

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#1 NC State’s ACC Leaders Heading into Miami

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#1 NC State is heading down to #29 Miami for a their first ACC road series tonight, but before the first pitch, here’s a look at the Wolfpack’s ACC leaders heading into the weekend.

(Via ACC Release)

Freshman Center Fielder Tyler McDonough ranks 4th in the ACC in Batting Average (.371).

Junior Jason Parker ranks 3rd in the ACC in ERA (0.968), and Sophomore Reid Johnston ranks 14th (2.86).

McDonough ranks 3rd in Hits (33), and Junior Shortstop Will Wilson ranks 7th (29).

Senior 1st Baseman Evan Edwards ranks 5th in Home Runs (6).

Sophomore Catcher Patrick Bailey ranks 6th in Walks (22).

Sophomore Outfielder Jonny Butler ranks 2nd in Runs (25), and Edwards ranks 7th (23).

Wilson and Bailey rank 3rd in Doubles (9).

Edwards ranks 6th in RBI’s (24) and 4th in Total Bases (54). Wilson ranks 5th in Total Bases, and Bailey ranks 9th (51).

Bailey ranks 6th in Slugging Percentage (.654), and Edwards ranks 10th (.628).

Junior pitcher Kent Klyman leads the conference in Wins (5).

Redshirt Sophomore Dalton Feeney is 2nd in Saves (4).

Parker ranks 4th in Opponent Batting Average (.198).

As a team, NC State ranks 2nd in batting average and 4th in ERA.

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#1 NC State Reaches 20 Wins with 11-1 Victory over Towson

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RALEIGH, N.C. – In its first game as the nation’s No. 1 team in program history, the NC State baseball team cruised past the Towson Tigers, 11-1, Tuesday evening at Doak Field at Dail Park.

The Wolfpack scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back, scoring 10 or more runs in a game for the eighth time this season.

NC State becomes the first team in the nation to reach 20 wins and is the only one-loss team in the nation, while Towson falls to 3-14.

Redshirt senior Nolan Clenney earned the win on the mound, his first of the season, while Towson starter Matt Watters was charged with the loss (0-2).

Quick Hits
– NC State scored first for the 11th time this season, as the Wolfpack pushed across three runs in the first inning to grab a 3-0 lead.
– Jonny Butler walked to start the frame and Will Wilson followed with a single through the left side.
– Patrick Bailey doubled off the wall in left field to score Butler and Wilson scored on a sacrifice fly from Evan Edwards to make it 2-0.
– An RBI single from Tyler McDonough plated Bailey, as the third run of the inning.
– Wilson drove in the Wolfpack’s fourth run of the day, as Butler singled through the left side and scored on Wilson’s double to left field.
– Edwards team-leading sixth home run gave NC State a 5-0 lead, as he deposited a 3-2 pitch over the wall in right center for a solo homer.
– Towson got on the board in the fourth after an RBI triple from Javon Fields.
– NC State countered with two runs in the sixth following a run-scoring single from Butler and a sacrifice fly from Edwards.
– The Pack tallied a big inning in the seventh with four runs to extend the margin to its final tally of 11-1.
– Butler drove in his second run of the day with a single to left field and Wilson stepped to the plate two batter later, clubbing a three-run homer to left center on his fifth of the year.

Inside the Box Score
– Butler tallied the first four-hit performance of his NC State career, as he was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with four runs scored and two RBI.
– Wilson was 3-for-5 with four RBI and also scored twice.
– Bailey and Edwards both extended their reached base safely streaks to 21 games, as they have reached safely in every game this season.
– David Vazquez singled in the second inning to extend his hitting streak to seven games, the longest on the team.

On Deck
NC State will return to action this weekend when the Wolfpack travels to Coral Gables, Fla., for its first ACC road series of the season at Miami. Friday’s game is set for 7 p.m. at Mark Light Field.

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NC State’s Jason Parker Earns ACC Pitcher of the Week Honors

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – After throwing a career-long seven shutout innings with a career-high 10 strikeouts in the win against top-ranked Florida State last Friday, NC State junior Jason Parker has been named the ACC Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced Monday.

Parker continued his strong start to the season with another stellar performance on the mound to lift the Wolfpack to a 16-0 win in the series opener against Florida State. The Seminoles entered the game ranked among the nation’s top 10 in five major polls, including No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball.

“I thought Jason was outstanding,” head coach Elliott Avent said to the media following Friday’s win. “That was the best I’ve seen him throw all year. He’s been very, very good for us on Fridays this year.”

The New Bern, N.C., native retired the side in order twice while allowing just five hits in the contest – all singles. Parker has allowed only two extra base hits this season — none in conference play — and lowered his ERA to 0.68.

He’s now 3-0 on the season with 26 strikeouts in 26.1 innings pitched and opponents have compiled a .198 batting average against him. Parker has also had great command, walking just six batters on the year and has not issued more than two walks in any start.

“I had just about all of my pitches working,” Parker said after his standout performance. “My fastball and slider command were there, and I had good feel for my changeup. Me and Patrick [Bailey] were on the same page and we had it firing.

“I love coming here every day and getting better. I look forward to pitching on Fridays because I know the guys are going to put up runs at the plate and my defense is going to be great behind me.”

Parker has yielded just two earned runs all season and has not given up a run in conference play.

With a record of 19-1, NC State is ranked No. 1 for the first time in program history, as Collegiate Baseball has the Wolfpack atop the rankings.

NC State will return to action Tuesday eveningwhen the Towson Tigers head to Raleigh. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park.

(Photo Credit: James Guillory) 

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