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No. 3 NC State Travels to No. 11 Florida State for Final ACC Series

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NC STATE – FLORIDA STATE WEEKEND SERIES
Dates: Thursday – Saturday, May 17-19
Location: Tallahassee, Fla.
Site: Dick Howser Stadium
Times: 6:00 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) | 1 P.M. (Sat.)
Radio: WKNC 88.1 FM
Live Video: ACC Network Extra
Live Stats: Stat Broadcast

STARTING PITCHERS
Thursday: RHP Reid Johnston (NCSU) vs. LHP Drew Parrish (FSU)
Friday: LHP Brian Brown (NCSU) vs. RHP Andrew Karp (FSU)
Saturday: TBA (NCSU) vs. RHP Cole Sands (FSU)

RALEIGH, N.C. – The third-ranked NC State baseball team travels to Tallahassee, Fla., this weekend for its final ACC series of the season versus No. 11 Florida State. The series will be played Thursday through Saturday, which is the normal setup for the last conference series.

First pitch of Thursday and Friday’s games is slated for 6 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium, while Saturday’s game is set to begin at 1 p.m.

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 heads into its last regular-season series on an eight-game winning streak as the squad is 39-12 overall, including an 18-9 mark in ACC play. Florida State is 37-16 on the year with a 14-12 record against conference opponents.

Last Time Out
In its last outing, NC State completed the series sweep against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons with a 10-6 win on Senior Day. The Wolfpack scored six unanswered runs in the contest to pull away and close out its home schedule with a win.

The Seminoles swept a four-game weekend series versus Mount St. Mary’s, highlighted by a 22-0 win in the series finale on Sunday.

The Series
Florida State leads the all-time series with NC State, 68-30, but the Wolfpack won last year’s series in Raleigh.

Last Time Versus Florida State
After the Seminoles won game one of the series, NC State won games two and three of the series last year in Raleigh to clinch the series. The Wolfpack edged Florida State with a 4-3 win in game two and won the series finale, 8-4.

Brett Kinneman tallied his first career multi-home run game versus the Seminoles in game one. Homers from Evan Mendoza and Brad Debo, along with a strong outing from Brian Brown led the Wolfpack to the win in game two. A strong start from Michael Bienlien and 13 hits helped NC State clinch the series in game three.

Last Time at Florida State
Inclement weather interrupted the last series between the teams in Tallahassee, as only one game of the series was played. Florida State won that game 8-5 before the remainder of the series was cancelled due to rain.

Scouting Florida State
Led by legendary head coach Mike Martin, the Florida State Seminoles have hit their stride recently as the squad has won 13 of their last 17 games. Martin recently surpassed former Texas Head Coach Augie Garrido to become the all-time winningest head coach in NCAA Division I baseball history.

The ‘Noles have compiled a 28-6 overall record in home games this season and have only lost one ACC series at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU was edged in their last conference series at Clemson, as the Tigers hit a walkoff home run in the series finale to decide the series.

Cal Raleigh leads the squad at the plate with a .326 batting average to go along with a team-best 46 RBIs. Drew Mendoza has collected the most hits on the team with 63, while Jackson Lueck supplies the power in the lineup with 14 home runs.

As a team, Florida State owns a batting average of .269 and is scoring 6.96 runs per game. On the mound, the pitching staff has compiled a 4.00 earned run average (ERA) with 537 strikeouts in 472.2 innings.

Record Watch
NC State’s 18 ACC wins this season is one shy of tying the program record of 19 set by the 2012 and 2013 squads. With the series win, the Wolfpack would break the program record with its 20th ACC win.

Chasing 40
NC State is looking to record its first 40-win season since 2013 when the Wolfpack won a program-record 50 games and advanced to the College World Series (CWS). The Wolfpack has tallied eight 40-win seasons under the leadership of head coach Elliott Avent.

Clemson is the only program in the ACC that has reached 40 wins this year.

Road Warriors
The Wolfpack has compiled a 9-3 record in ACC road games this season, which is the second-best road mark for an ACC team. Only Clemson’s 10-2 ledger in conference road games is better.

NC State has not lost a series on the road this year.

McLain Leading the Way
For the fourth consecutive week, NC State’s Josh McLain continues to lead the ACC in hits. The Hiddenite, N.C., native has tallied 81 on the year, which is six more than any other player in the conference.

His 81 hits rank 14th in the NCAA.

Eight-Game Winning Streak
During NC State’s eight-game winning streak, the Wolfpack has compiled a .304 team batting average with 66 runs scored, an average of 8.25 runs per game.

In contrast, the Pack’s pitching staff has limited opponents to just 29 runs and has compiled a team earned run average (ERA) of 3.38.

Season High in Strikeouts for the Pack Pitching Staff
NC State pitchers struck out a season-high 17 batters in last Saturday’s win against Wake Forest to clinch the series, while only issuing four walks in the contest. That mark is the fourth most in an ACC game this season.

Wilson Makes History with Third ACC Player of the Week Selection
After turning in an outstanding week, Will Wilson was named ACC Player of the Week for the third time this season on Monday.

He becomes the first player in program history to claim ACC Player of the Week three times in a single season since the inception of the accolade in 1989. The last NC State player to claim more than three ACC weekly honors was Mike Rogers in 2004, when he claimed Pitcher of the Week five times that season.

The Kings Mountain, N.C., native was also tabbed National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and College Sports Madness along with National Hitter of the Week by the NCBWA.

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NC State Finds Their Way Back Into the Top-25 in 1 Poll After Series Win at Clemson

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NC State won 2 of their 4 games last week, winning 2 out of 3 against Clemson on the road this past weekend, and losing to UNCW on the road in a midweek game. Prior to the 2 victories against the Tigers, the Wolfpack had lost 5 straight games, suffering a sweep at Louisville the weekend before.

As a result of NC State’s big series victory at Clemson, the Wolfpack are back in Baseball America’s Top-25.

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NC State didn’t manage to crack the Top-25 for D1Baseball, Perfect Game or the USAToday Coaches Poll. The Wolfpack currently rank 31st in the Coaches Poll.

The NCBWA Poll hasn’t been released yet.

NC State will host Campbell tomorrow night at 6pm, which will be followed up by a series at the Doak this weekend against rival #11 UNC.

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Clemson Shuts Out NC State 7-0, but the Wolfpack Win the Series

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NC State didn’t pull of the sweep, falling to #2 Clemson 0-7 on the road this afternoon. Despite the loss, the Wolfpack did take 2 of 3 on the road against the team that entered the weekend ranked #1 in the RPI.

Freshman Cooper Consiglio got the start for the Pack today, and it’s a shame he was tagged with the Loss, because he pitched the first Quality Start of his career, giving up 2 earned runs in 6 innings pitched, striking out 3.

The bullpen didn’t help Consiglio today, with Freshman Heath Andrews surrendering 3 earned runs in 0.1 innings, while Sophomore Andrew Shaffner gave up 2 earned runs in 1.2 innings.

The Tigers limited NC State to only 2 hits, and they were singles by Senior 1st Baseman Garrett Pennington and Junior Shortstop Brandon Butterworth.

The Wolfpack are now 20-13 overall, and 10-8 in conference play heading into a midweek game against Campbell at home on Tuesday night at 6pm. NC State currently ranks 3rd in the Atlantic Division.

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NC State Shuts Out #2 Clemson 4-0, Clinching the Series Against the Tigers!

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NC State (20-12) shut out Clemson (28-6) 4-0 this evening, clinching the series against the #2 team in the land on the road.

We’ve been waiting all year for Sophomore Dominic Fritton to return to form, and he picked a good time to do so, pitching 5.2 scoreless innings, striking out 6. The 5.2 innings is his highest of the season, and it’s the first time all season he has pitched, and the other team has scored 0 runs.

Fritton was followed by Freshman Jacob Dudan and Sophomore Derrick Smith, who kept the shutout alive. Dudan allowed 2 hits and 3 walks, but didn’t allow a run in 1.1 innings, and Smith didn’t allow a hit (1 walk) in 2 innings.

Pitching hasn’t been NC State’s strong suit in 2024, but it was tonight, against Sophomore Ethan Darden, who pitched a gem himself, giving up 1 earned run (3 unearned runs) in 9 innings, while striking out 5 (no walks).

Senior 3rd Baseman Alec Makarewicz was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s and a Run.

The Wolfpack and the Tigers will close out the series tomorrow at 1pm.

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NC State Picks up a Huge 11-8 Win Against #2 Clemson on the Road in the Series Opener

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NC State picked up a desperately needed win against #2 Clemson tonight, defeating the Tigers 11-8 on the road.

Senior Sam Highfill was back on the mound this Friday, but Mayor struggled, giving up 6 runs in 3.1 innings. Thankfully, Sophomore Shane Van Dam came in and quieted Clemson, giving up 1 earned run (2 runs) in 4.2 innings, striking out 8 batters, which is a new career high.

Sophomore Right Fielder Josh Hogue put the Pack on the board in the Top of the 1st with a solo Home Run.

Clemson would then go up 2-1 in the Bottom of the 1st with a 2-run Home Run.

NC State would regain the lead again in the Top of the 4th, putting 4 runs on the board. Junior Jacob Cozart grounded out to 2nd, but it was good enough to drive in Senior 1st Baseman Garrett Pennington. Then Sophomore Center Fielder Eli Serrano III drove in two with a Double, and then Redshirt Freshman Drew Lanphere drove him in with a Single.

The Tigers would answer with 4 runs of their own in the Bottom of the 4th.

In the Top of the 5th, the Wolfpack caught a break. With 2 outs, Junior Shortstop Brandon Butterworth reached 1st on a throwing error, which allowed Senior 3rd Baseman Alec Makarewicz and Hogue to come home. Serrano III would then take advantage of the opportunity, driving in 2 more with a Single.

The Tigers would make it a 1-run game in the Bottom of the 5th, scoring 2.

The Wolfpack would add a run in the 8th via an RBI Single from A-Mak, and another one in the 9th from Freshman 2nd Baseman Luke Nixon to make it a 3-run cushion.

Serrano III was the MVP at the plate for NC State today, going 3 for 4 with 4 RBI’s and 2 Runs.

Van Dam was the MVP on the mound. He is now 4-0 on the year, with a 2.63 ERA. Stud.

NC State (19-12) and Clemson (28-5) will take to the field tomorrow at 8pm.

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