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No. 8 NC State to Open ACC Championship Play at 3pm vs UVA

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Opponents: 10 seed Virginia, 6 seed Florida State
Dates: Thursday, May 24 & Friday, May 25
Location: Durham, N.C.
Site: Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Times: 3:00 p.m. (Thurs) & 7 p.m. (Fri)
TV: Regional Sports Networks (RSN), TV Affiliates
Radio: WKNC 88.1 FM
Live Video: ACC Network Extra
Live Stats

STARTING PITCHERS
Thursday: RHP Derek Casey (UVA) vs. RHP Reid Johnston (NCSU)
Friday: LHP Drew Parrish (FSU) vs. TBA (NCSU)

RALEIGH, N.C. – The eighth-ranked NC State baseball team will begin play in the 2018 ACC Championship this week, as the top seed in Pool C and the third overall seed in the event held at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

The Wolfpack will take on 10-seed Virginia in its first game of the championship Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. and sixth-seed Florida State in its second contest of the event Friday evening at 7 p.m.

Both games will be broadcast live on Regional Sports Networks (RSN) and on the ACC Network Extra (Subject to blackout in TV coverage areas). Radio coverage will also be available on WKNC 88.1 and on GoPack.com for premium subscribers.

NC State reached 40 wins in its last outing and enters the championship with a 40-14 overall record, while Virginia is 28-25 and Florida State is 40-17.

Last Time Out
In its last outing, the Wolfpack concluded its regular-season slate in Tallahassee against the Seminoles and NC State will face FSU for the fourth time this year on Friday. NCSU scored first in the contest and never trailed en route to the 5-3 win.

Last Time at the ACC Championships
Last season, the Pack was the seven seed in the tournament held in Louisville, Ky. NC State defeated Boston College in its first game of pool play but fell to UNC-Chapel Hill in its second game.

Last Time at the DBAP for the ACC Championships
NC State’s last trip to the DBAP for the ACC Championships featured matchups with Florida State, Miami and Georgia Tech. The Wolfpack dropped a 7-3 decision against the Seminoles in in its first matchup before being edged by top seed Miami, 8-7.

The Pack closed out play in the championship with a 7-5 win against the Yellow Jackets.

Noting the Pack
– NC State has won eight of its last 10 games heading into the ACC Championships.
– With its last win, the Wolfpack reached 40 wins for the first time since the 2013 season when the squad advanced to the College World Series (CWS).
– The Wolfpack is a top-four seed in the tournament for the first time since 2013, when NCSU was the fourth seed.
– NC State’s seven All-ACC selections announced by the conference on Monday is tied for the most in program history, matching the total of the 1992 squad.

About the Opponents
Virginia
– NC State and Virginia will meet for the first time since 2016 when the squads met for a three-game series in Charlottesville.
– The Wolfpack and Cavaliers last met in the semifinals of the 2015 ACC Championship, as NC State earned a 10-2 win to advance to the championship game against Florida State.
– Virginia dropped its opening game of the ACC Championship versus Florida State in extra innings, 3-2.
– The Cavs are led by Andy Weber, a First Team All-ACC selection. He has compiled a .340 batting average to go along with 70 hits.

Florida State
– The Wolfpack and Seminoles will meet for the fourth time in the last two weeks, after NC State’s trip to Tallahassee to conclude the regular season.
– Florida State defeated Virginia in extra innings Tuesday afternoon and the Seminoles would advance to the semifinals with a win against NC State Friday night.
– NC State and Florida State have met at some point in the tournament in three of the past four seasons. The squads squared off in the 2015 championship game, pool play in 2016 and will meet Friday night.
– FSU has won eight of its last nine games.

Wolfpack in the National, ACC Rankings
Team
Batting Average – .292 (2nd in ACC, 37th in NCAA)
Hits – 536 (2nd in ACC, 43rd in NCAA)
Home Runs – 80 (2nd in ACC, 4th in NCAA)
Home Runs Per Game – 1.48 (2nd in ACC, 3rd in NCAA)
On-base Percentage – .393 (3rd in ACC, 26th in NCAA)
Slugging Percentage – .482 (1st in ACC, 10th in NCAA)
Runs – 387 (1st in ACC, 20th in NCAA)
Scoring – 7.2 (1st in ACC, 18th in NCAA)

Walks Plus Hits Per Inning Pitched (WHIP) – 1.27 (2nd in ACC, 29th in NCAA)
Earned Run Average – 3.60 (3rd in ACC, 33rd in NCAA)
Hits Allowed Per 9 Innings – 7.88 (4th in ACC, 31st in NCAA)

Individual
Brian Brown
ERA – 2.37 (5th in ACC, 54th in NCAA)

Brett Kinneman
Home Runs – 17 (2nd in ACC, 17th in NCAA)
RBI – 60 (T1st in ACC, 21st in NCAA)

Josh McLain
Hits – 83 (1st in ACC, 20th in NCAA)
Hits Per Game – 1.54 (1st in ACC, 25th in NCAA)

Joe O’Donnell
Saves – 11 (T1st in ACC, 26th in NCAA)

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Today’s Baseball Game vs. Winthrop will be Rescheduled

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#14 NC State was scheduled to host Winthrop in a midweek game today, but the game is going to be rescheduled due to several members of the team testing positive for the flu. Check out the release below.

The baseball game between NC State and Winthrop originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, will be rescheduled for a later date. 

Several members of the Wolfpack team tested positive for flu so the decision was made to move the game for precautionary measures. 

That means that NC State’s next game will be their first ACC game, beginning a 3-game series against Boston College (6-3) here in Raleigh on Friday afternoon at 3pm.

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NC State Baseball Top-25 Rankings Update After a 5-0 Week

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After defeating Queens in a midweek game, and sweeping Towson 4-0 over the weekend, where did NC State land in Top-25 polls this week?

D1Baseball – 14th (-)

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NCBWA – 15th (+4)

USA Today Coaches Poll – 15th (+3)

Baseball America – 17th (+1)

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Perfect Game – 20th (+1)

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NC State 3B Alec Makarewicz Earns ACC Player of the Week Honors

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NC State Senior 3rd Baseman Alec Makarewicz earned ACC Player of the Week honors for his performances against Queens and Towson last week.

Makarewicz’s hot streak continued into a perfect 5-0 week for the Wolfpack at home. Makarewicz posted a .455 batting average with a team-high 10 hits, four doubles, 13 RBI, 20 total bases and six extra-base hits. The Longwood, Florida, native opened his week with a 3-for-4 performance with four RBI, three runs scored, a home run and a double as NC State routed Queens, 17-2. The Wolfpack third baseman then delivered three additional multi-hit performances in the sweep over Towson, capping off the weekend with a 3-for-5 day at the plate with three doubles, five RBI and a run scored. Makarewicz’s final swing of the weekend was a run-rule, walk-off double to center field as the Pack completed the weekend sweep with a 14-4 win over the Tigers. On the season, Makarewicz leads NC State with 24 RBI, 39 total bases, 19 hits and 10 extra-base hits. (ACC)

The Transfer from East Carolina has looked right at home here in Raleigh through the first two weeks of the 2024 College Baseball season.

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#14 NC State Beats Towson 14-4 in Series Finale, Completing Sweep

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#14 NC State (9-2) beat Towson (1-10) 14-4 yesterday afternoon, completing the 4-game sweep.

Freshman Ryan Marohn picked up his 2nd Win of the season, giving up 4 earned runs in 5.2 innings pitched (89 pitches). He struck out 5, while walking none. Through his first three collegiate starts, Marohn is 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA, with 14 k’s in 14 innings pitched (8 walks).

SR 3B Alec Makarewicz continues to destroy baseballs with the baseball bat. He was 3 for 5 with 5 RBI’s. All 3 of A-Mak’s hits were doubles. Makarewicz is currently batting .404 with an OPS of 1.291.

SO Josh Hogue, who was the Designated Hitter, was the only other player with a multi-hit performance (the team had 11 hits). He was 2 for 4 with 3 RBI’s and 3 Runs. One of those hits was his 1st Home Run as a member of NC State. On the year, Hogue is batting .414 with an OPS of 1.041.

JR C Jacob Cozart and RS FR LF Drew Lanphere both had 2 RBI’s, while Cozart also had 3 Runs. On the year, Cozart and Lanphere are batting .371 and .400 respectively, with OPS’ of 1.369 and 1.114 respectively.

Freshman Jacob Dudan picked up his 2nd Save of the season. Through 6 appearances, Dudan has yet to give up an earned run, with batters hitting only .222 against him.

Up Next: The Wolfpack will host Winthrop at 3pm tomorrow.

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