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NC State’s Strong Season Ends in NCAA Regional Final Against Auburn

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State baseball team advanced to the NCAA Regional Final for the fourth consecutive season but saw its strong 2018 season come to a close with a 15-7 loss against the Auburn Tigers on Sunday night at Doak Field at Dail Park.

With the win, the Tigers advance to the NCAA Super Regionals to face the winner of the Gainesville Regional.

The Wolfpack concludes the season with a 42-18 overall record and Auburn moves to 42-21. NC State recorded the program’s first 40-win season since 2013 and matched the program record with 19 ACC wins.

NCSU won eight of its 10 conference series, highlighted by three road series wins against top-25 opponents.

Avent’s Additions
Overall thoughts…
“First thing I’m going to do is congratulate the Auburn Tigers,” said head coach Elliott Avent. “Butch Thompson has done an incredible job since he got to Auburn. He’s an old friend of mine and we had some good words there at the end. They got a good ball club, a really good offensive ball club and they’re sound defensively.

“I’d like to congratulate these guys lined up here; these are our seniors. You always remember what’s the latest on your mind, but you’d be hard pressed to find a group of seniors from NC State baseball that’s as classy. They got their work done on the field and off the field; academics, the whole nine yards. They represented this university and the baseball program in a way people have no idea. I’d like to thank our fans, they been great all year. I think we sold out season tickets six or seven years in a row and they love watching these guys play, we love watching these guys play. I’d like to thank our fans and these guys really respect them.”

Quick Hits
– Auburn struck first when Will Holland scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Brendan Venter in the first inning. Holland drew a leadoff walk, then advanced to third by way of a Steven Williams single and a sac bunt by Brett Wright.
– The Tigers added three runs in the second and two in the third to take a 6-0 lead, but NC State answered in the fourth inning scoring three runs to make it a 7-3 game.
– Brett Kinneman walked to lead off the frame and scored on a double to left center by Patrick Bailey. After a single from Evan Edwards, Brock Deatherage tripled to plate Bailey and Edwards, cutting the Auburn lead to four.
– The Tigers tacked on a run in the fifth to make it 8-3 before NC State loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh.
– Shane Shepard pinch-hit for the Wolfpack and worked a leadoff walk, Stephen Pitarra followed with a bunt single and Josh McLain single to load the bases but unfortunately a called strikeout ensued to end the threat.
– Auburn carried that momentum over to the eighth inning when the squad pushed across five runs to pull away.
– The Wolfpack cut into the deficit scoring three runs in the bottom half and a run in the ninth.
– In his final collegiate at-bat, Shepard hit a three-run homer to right field, his 5thof the season, to make it a 13-6 game.
– After Auburn added a run in the top of the ninth, Jack Conley scored on an RBI single to right field by Bailey to make it 15-7.

Inside the Box Score
– Bailey led the Wolfpack at the plate with a 3-for-5 outing, highlighted by two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored.
– McLain and Pitarra were each 2-for-4, while Deatherage, Edwards and Shepard each had one hit.
– Freshman David Harrison earned the start on the mound and was relieved by Joe O’Donnell.
– O’Donnell went 2.1 innings with three strikeouts before handing the ball to Michael Bienlien, who threw 3.1 innings with four strikeouts.
– Connor Centala took over on the mound next and Nick Swiney pitched the final third of the game.

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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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