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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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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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