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Bailey, Johnston Tabbed NCBWA Freshmen All-Americans
LYNCHBURG, Va. – After claiming Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-America honors last week, NC State’s Patrick Bailey and Reid Johnston have been tabbed National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Freshman All-Americans, announced Monday by the organization.
Bailey garnered a spot on the first team, while Johnston claimed second team honors. The duo is the first to secure Freshman All-America accolades from the NCBWA since 2012 when Trea Turner and Carlos Rodon earned the award.
Brian Brown, the 2018 ACC Pitcher of the Year, was the most recent NC State player to achieve NCBWA Freshman All-America honors when he deserved the mention in 2015.
NC State was one of just seven schools to have two players garner a spot on the 32-man list and the only program from the ACC. The Wolfpack joins Arkansas, Auburn, FIU, Mercer, Minnesota and Stanford as the teams with two players.
Patrick Bailey | Greensboro, N.C. | C
ACC Freshman of the Year, Second Team All-ACC, All-Freshman Team, Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American
Bailey compiled a .321 batting average in his first season with the NC State baseball program to garner ACC Freshman of the Year, the first Wolfpack player to claim the honor since Carlos Rodon in 2012. His average led all ACC freshmen and was second on the team. He hit 13 home runs on the year to set the NC State record for home runs by a freshman and lead all freshmen in the conference. The switch-hitting catcher made history against William & Mary, when he became the first NC State player to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game. Bailey led the Pack with a .604 slugging percentage, which was the third highest in the ACC and best for a freshman. He tallied two multi-home run games this season and started 50 of the 54 games he played. Bailey logged the second most multi-hit games on the team with 21 and also contributed 11 multi-RBI games, highlighted by two games with five or more RBIs. He also threw out 11 runners on the base paths and recorded a .983 fielding percentage.
Reid Johnston | Enfield, N.C. | P
Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-American, ACC All-Freshman Team
After starting the season as a relief pitcher for the Wolfpack, Johnston moved into NC State’s weekend rotation and excelled as the Friday night starter. He owned a perfect 7-0 record at the conclusion of the regular season, but was charged with his first loss in the postseason. He ended the season with a 7-1 mark to go along with a 3.06 earned run average (ERA). Johnston struck out 49 batters in 64.2 innings pitched and only walked 15 batters. He made 21 appearances, including 10 starts. Johnston nailed down four saves for the Pack coming out of the bullpen at the start of the season, prior to assuming his role as a starter. He turned in one of his best week’s of the season in April when he earned the win on the mound in NC State’s non-conference win against UNC-Chapel Hill and recorded his first ACC win at Duke with 6.2 innings, his longest outing of the year.
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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.