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NC State’s Bailey Claims Fifth Freshman All-America Honor

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DURHAM, N.C. – NC State baseball’s Patrick Bailey has secured his fifth Freshman All-America honor, as he was named a First Team selection by Baseball America on Wednesday afternoon.

The Wolfpack catcher has now claimed Freshman All-America from all five publications to have announced the award, including Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Perfect Game.

Bailey has claimed first team honors by every outlet with the distinction, as Collegiate Baseball does not award team distinctions. He is the only ACC player on the Baseball America First Team Freshman All-America.

He becomes the first NC State player since Carlos Rodon and Trea Turner in 2012 to earn Freshman All-America from every publication.

The Greensboro, N.C., native turned in a stellar rookie season with the Pack to claim ACC Freshman of the Year. Bailey led all freshmen in the ACC in batting average (.321), home runs (13), total bases (113) and slugging percentage (.604).

He was tabbed a Second Team All-ACC and ACC All-Freshman Team selection, in addition to being an American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Region honoree. Bailey set the NC State freshman home run record with 13 long balls in his initial season, eclipsing the previous mark of 12 held by Colt Morton.

The switch-hitting catcher made history against William & Mary, when he became the first Wolfpack player to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game. He hit a solo homer from the right side of the plate in the second inning and a solo homer from the left side of the plate in the eighth inning.

Bailey’s .604 slugging percentage led the Pack, was the fourth highest in the ACC and best for a freshman. He started 50 of the 54 games he played, tallying two multi-home run games as he left the yard twice in NC State’s 9-3 win against Northeastern in the NCAA Regional.

He 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. Bailey threw out 11 runners on the base paths and recorded a .983 fielding percentage.

NC State finished the 2018 season with a 42-18 overall record and matched the program record with 19 ACC wins. The Wolfpack hosted an NCAA Regional for the sixth time and advanced to the NCAA Regional Final.

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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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