Brown, Brett Kinneman, Josh McLain and Will Wilson all claimed a spot on the first team, while Bailey and Brock Deatherage secured the honor on the second team. Joe O’Donnell was named to the third team and Bailey, along with Reid Johnston were selected to the All-Freshman Team.
NC State’s seven players named to the All-ACC first, second and third teams are tied for the league-high along with Louisville. The Wolfpack also tied a conference-high with four players named to the 16-member All-ACC First Team.
The Pack’s seven All-ACC selections are tied for the program record, matching the total of the 1992 squad. Brown is the first NC State pitcher to claim ACC Pitcher of the Year since Carlos Rodon claimed the honor in 2012 and Bailey is the first Wolfpack player to garner ACC Freshman of the Year since Rodon in 2012.
Now in his 22nd year as head coach at NCSU, Elliott Avent has had at least one player tabbed to the all-conference team in each of his seasons leading the program.
Brian Brown | Glenmoore, Pa. | P
ACC Pitcher of the Year, First Team All-ACC
Brown has turned in a stellar senior season, as he has recorded a 6-1 record complemented by a 2.37 earned run average (ERA), which leads the ACC and ranks among the top pitchers nationally. He has started 14 games on the mound this season to lead all active ACC pitchers in career starts and tie for national lead with 59, one shy of the program record. Brown has gone at least five innings in every start this season and NC State has won 12 of the 14 games he has started. He was named to the Midseason Watch List for the Golden Spikes Award, as well as being tabbed a Midseason All-American by D1Baseball and Perfect Game.
Patrick Bailey | Greensboro, N.C. | C
ACC Freshman of the Year, Second Team All-ACC, All-Freshman Team
Bailey has compiled a .319 batting average in his first season with the NC State baseball program, which leads all ACC freshmen and is second on the team. He has hit 10 home runs on the year, just two shy of the program record for a freshman. Bailey has seen action in 48 games this season, making 44 starts. He accomplished a rare feat for the program against William & Mary, as he recorded his first multi-homer game and homered from each side of the plate. Bailey has logged 18 multi-hit games this season, which is the second most on the team.
Brett Kinneman | York, Pa. | OF
First Team All-ACC
Kinneman’s standout junior season earned First Team All-ACC honors, as he has hit 17 home runs to rank second in the conference and among the top 20 nationally. He has tallied 60 runs batted in (RBI) on the year to lead the ACC and rank among the nation’s best. His 60 RBIs are the most for an NC State player since 2012 when Ryan Matthews had 62. Kinneman has compiled a .289 batting average and leads the Pack in runs scored with 48. He was named to the Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List, D1 Baseball and Perfect Game Midseason All-American, National and ACC Player of the Week twice and NCBWA National Player of the Month for February.
Josh McLain | Hiddenite, N.C. | OF
First Team All-ACC
McLain has turned in a stellar senior season, as he leads all individuals in the ACC with 83 hits, which ranks 19th in the NCAA, complemented by a .335 batting average to lead the Pack and rank sixth in the ACC. He’s averaging 1.54 hits per game to lead the conference and rank 25th in the nation. The Wolfpack’s centerfielder has recorded at least one hit in 47 of 54 games this year, highlighted by hitting streaks of 13 and 11 games. McLain’s 25 multi-hit games lead the ACC and he also put together an 18-game reached base safely streak. He has started every game this season and has not committed an error. McLain has 11 stolen bases on 14 attempts.
Will Wilson | Kings Mountain, N.C. | SS
First Team All-ACC
Wilson recently made program history by becoming the first NC State player to claim ACC Player of the Week honors three times during the season. He has put together a standout sophomore campaign with a .308 batting average to go along with 50 RBIs and 14 home runs. Wilson hit 10 home runs against ACC teams, which is tied for the third most in conference games. Last week, he was tabbed National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and College Sports Madness. Wilson was also the National Hitter of the Week by the NCBWA. He is third on the Wolfpack with 17 multi-hit games this season and owns 14 multi-RBI games.
Brock Deatherage | Burlington, N.C. | OF
Second Team All-ACC
Deatherage’s strong senior season earned the NC State outfielder Second Team All-ACC honors. He has logged a .312 batting average, which is third best on the team. Deatherage has hit 14 home runs on the year to tie for second on the squad with Wilson. He recorded his first career multi-homer game against UNC-Chapel Hill earlier this season and now owns three for the year, most recently against Florida State. He has played in 221 career games, which is second in the ACC and ranks 15th nationally. Deatherage has started 209 of the 221 games he’s played. He has 14 multi-hit games this year with 11 multi-RBI games.
Joe O’Donnell | Wilmington, N.C. | P
Third Team All-ACC
The Wolfpack closer has compiled a 1.05 earned run average (ERA) in 22 appearances out of the bullpen. The Wilmington, N.C., native has struck out 34 batters in 25.2 innings and has only allowed three earned runs this season. O’Donnell was recently named a semifinalist for the National Pitcher of the Year Award, presented by the College Baseball Foundation. He was also tabbed a Preseason and Midseason Stopper of the Year Candidate, which is given annually to the top relief pitcher. O’Donnell recently broke the program record for career appearances with his 88th against Campbell and now holds 93. His 11 saves this season tie for the ACC lead and ranks among the top pitchers in the NCAA.
Reid Johnston | Enfield, N.C. | P
After starting the season as a relief pitcher for the Wolfpack, Johnston moved into NC State’s weekend rotation and has excelled as the Friday night starter. He owns a perfect 7-0 record on the year to go along with a 2.97 ERA. Johnston has struck out 45 batters in 57.2 innings pitched. He has made 19 appearances, including eight starts. Johnston nailed down four saves for the Pack coming out of the bullpen at the start of the season. He is one of just two pitchers in the ACC to remain unbeaten with at least 55 innings pitched.
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.
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
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.
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.
— 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…
— 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.
— 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
— 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.