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NC State Sweeps Double-Header Against Notre Dame, Wins 9th Consecutive ACC Series

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Game 2

RALEIGH, N.C. – Senior Brian Brown threw his first career complete game to lift the second-ranked NC State baseball team to a 12-2 victory in game one of the doubleheader against Notre Dame Saturday afternoon at Doak Field at Dail Park to even the series.

The Wolfpack moves to 27-7 on the year and 12-5 in ACC play, while the Fighting Irish fall to 15-20 and 6-11 in conference action. Brown remained unbeaten on the year with the win and is now 5-0.

Quick Hits
– NC State scored in the first inning for the second consecutive game, as freshman Patrick Bailey hit a two-out RBI single up the middle.
– Josh McLain led off the frame with a single and advanced to third following a passed ball and a wild pitch to score on Bailey’s hit.
– Notre Dame got a run back in the top of the third, but NC State answered in the bottom of the frame with a pair of runs to regain the lead.
– Will Wilson and Terrell Tatum each tallied RBI singles in the inning, as the Wolfpack grabbed a 3-1 advantage.
– NC State scored three runs in the fifth to extend its lead to 6-1.
– Bailey doubled to left center, Tatum hit a sacrifice fly to right field and Stephen Pitarra drove in the final run of the inning on a single to center field.
– The Wolfpack broke the game open with six runs in the sixth to extend the margin to 11-2.
– Evan Edwards had the big hit in the frame with a three-run homer to left field and Tatum plated a pair of runs with a single to right field.
– Tatum drove in the final run of the game with a single through the right side, as he collected a career-best five RBI.

On the Mound
– Brown went the distance on the mound to give NC State a huge boost by silencing the Notre Dame bats and preserving the bullpen for game two of the twin bill.
– Prior to the game, the Glenmoore, Pa., native’s longest outing was 7.2 innings at Virginia in 2016.
– It was the eighth complete game by an ACC pitcher and the fifth in conference play.

Inside the Box Score
– Tatum was the only player in the contest to turn in a three-hit performance, as he was a perfect 3-for-3 in the game with five RBI.
– Edwards was 2-for-2 with three RBI and two runs, while Bailey was 2-for-3 with two RBI and runs scored.
– Pitarra also had a multi-hit game with an RBI.

Game 3

RALEIGH, N.C. – The second-ranked NC State baseball team extended its ACC series winning streak to nine after sweeping Saturday’s doubleheader against Notre Dame with a 13-5 win in game two to clinch the series at Doak Field at Dail Park.

For the fourth consecutive weekend, NC State rallied to win the series after dropping the series opener, which is the first time in program history that the squad has accomplished the feat.

The Wolfpack has won its last nine ACC series dating back to last season, which is the longest active streak in the conference. NC State is also the only team that has not lost a conference series this season.

NC State improves to 28-7 on the year and 13-5 in ACC play, while Notre Dame falls to 15-21 and 6-12 in league action.

Quick Hits
– The Wolfpack scored first in all three games of the series, as NC State pushed across three runs in the second inning to take a 3-0 lead.
– Brock Deatherage homered for the second time on the weekend with a two-run blast to put NC State in the lead on his seventh homer of the season.
– Freshman Terrell Tatum followed with a single up the middle and later scored on a wild pitch.
– Notre Dame answered with a run in the top of the third, but NC State had an answer as the Wolfpack scored six runs to stretch the lead to 9-1.
– Will Wilson hit a two-run homer over the left field wall for his ninth round-tripper of the season to make it 5-1.
– NC State executed a perfect squeeze play, as J.T. Jarrett dropped a beauty down the third base line and legged it out for a bunt single and Patrick Bailey scored.
– Dillon Cooper followed with a two-RBI double down the left field line and McLain also had an RBI single in the frame.
– The Irish scored four unanswered runs to narrow the Wolfpack’s margin to 9-5, but NC State countered with four runs in the bottom of the seventh to double its lead.
– An RBI groundout from Cooper plated the first run of the seventh before an RBI single by Brett Kinneman.
– Wilson homered for the second time in the game with his second two-run blast over the left field wall. It was his second multi-homer game of the season and his career.
– Joe O’Donnell pitched the final 2.1 innings for the Pack and did not allow a run.

On Deck
NC State returns to action Tuesday evening when the Wolfpack takes on UNC-Chapel Hill in a the ‘Duel at the DBAP’. First pitch of the non-conference matchup is slated for 6:30 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast live on ESPNU from the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

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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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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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