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No. 3 NC State Travels to No. 11 Florida State for Final ACC Series
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Baseball Rankings Update After Another Undefeated Week
The NC State Baseball team is now 7-0 through two weeks of play, going 4-0 last week, defeating Coastal Carolina 16-4 on the road in a midweek game, and sweeping Belmont at home this past weekend (11-4, 7-0, 7-1).
The Wolfpack remain ranked 21st in the D1Baseball Top-25.
The Wolfpack moved up 11 spots to #19 in the Collegiate Baseball Poll, up 2 spots to #20 in the Coaches Poll, and up 1 spot to #24 in the Baseball America poll.
NC State will host Longwood today at 3pm in their next matchup.
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NC State Sticks at #21 After Opening Weekend Sweep
NC State’s Men’s Baseball team stayed put at #21 in the D1Baseball Top-25 after an opening weekend sweep of Wagner.
NC State also stayed put at #25 in the Baseball America’s new poll, and stayed put at #30 in the Collegiate Baseball Poll.
The Wolfpack will play Coastal Carolina on the road this Wednesday at
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NC State Picked 3rd in the Atlantic in the 2023 ACC Baseball Preseason Poll
The 2023 ACC Preseason Poll was released yesterday, and NC State is projected to finish 3rd in the Atlantic.
NC State finished 5th in the Atlantic Division in 2022, with a 14-15 record in Conference play.
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The Doak is getting its renovation…and NC State fans aren’t exactly loving it
I was just about to write a piece about the Doak renovation going down.
Feb. 17 is right around the corner and #TheDoak is looking nice 👀 #Pack9 #GoPack pic.twitter.com/w64471DPFj
— NC State Athletics (@PackAthletics) January 25, 2023
But while I was over on Twitter, I saw a ton of comments on it, all of them NC State fans, and almost all of them critical of the new look.
Look, I don’t know what’s going on here. Maybe it’ll look a lot better once it’s done, or maybe the grass will match up a lot better when it greens up. But right now, it’s a little jarring. Here is how it used to look…
And here is how it’s looking right now…
Doak Field renovation coming along. Sod and turf almost completed #accbaseball #pack9 #ncsu pic.twitter.com/SYKgmSQZhi
— Allen (@BigalnRaleigh) January 19, 2023
Again, I’m going to wait until it’s really done before I cast judgement, but I think the official tweet from the school marketing it and drawing attention to it, has people thinking it’s in it’s final form. And maybe it is. But I hope it’s not.
I remember this being shared a while back…
This shows grass in foul territory and dirt in the 1st/3rd baselines. So I’m not sure when this turf thing came along. And while we’re on the subject, aren’t we a turf management school? Shouldn’t we be turning up our noses at artificial turf?
Apparently, this is a thing now, where foul territories are artificial turf and fair territory is grass. Here is Mississippi State’s baseball field doing the same thing.
🔜 #NewDude pic.twitter.com/dCoqhCKxLI
— Mississippi State Baseball (@HailStateBB) February 15, 2019
Can’t say I like it there either, honestly. It just seems like one of those fads. Remember when everyone was going crazy with field/court colors?
School with a grey field and school with a glow in the dark basketball court meet on blue turf. Winning coach gets dumped with French fries. College athletics at its absolute best. https://t.co/crEKoeLKbX pic.twitter.com/Bpeod50Sy4
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 4, 2022
Good time to remind everyone that Memphis’ basketball court should be fired directly into the sun. https://t.co/jXpDbPQ7Iw pic.twitter.com/htyMv4sAXD
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) November 10, 2021
The worst basketball court in the history of the sport. Thanks a lot, Oregon. pic.twitter.com/842T5CYmIc
— Craig Miller (@junior_miller) January 30, 2022
Did anyone ever really like those? Do people like them now? Have they ever gotten a recruit to come to the school? Have they ever scared a recruit away?
I don’t know. You tell me. I’ll hold final judgment, but things NC State fans don’t seem like they’re going to follow along.