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Clint Chrysler Named Pitching Coach at NC State

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RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State has hired Clint Chrysler as pitching coach for the baseball program, head coach Elliott Avent announced on Tuesday.

Chrysler comes to the Pack after eight seasons on Winthrop’s baseball staff as the Assistant Head Coach, Recruiting Coordinator, and Pitching Coach.

“Clint has built a strong reputation in this region and nationally amongst the baseball community as one of the best pitching coaches in the country,” said Avent. “During his collegiate career at Stetson University and a nine-year professional career with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Seattle Mariners organizations, he was known for his competitive nature and his strong work ethic. He’s done an excellent job of translating that into his coaching style.

“He’s a hands-on teacher known best for his ability to develop players through relationship building and designing individualized plans to help them grow, adjust and reach their full potential as baseball players, and as men. Everyone I spoke to during this process had high praise on his approach and demeanor, and we’re happy to have Clint and his fiancé Christy join our family here at NC State.”

At Winthrop, Chrysler helped guide the Eagles to five consecutive winning seasons in conference play, including the 2017 season when Winthrop won its first outright regular season Big South title since 2003.

Chrysler brought in high-caliber recruiting classes during his tenure at Winthrop. The 2013 class was ranked No. 1 in the Big South Conference and No. 63 nationally. The 2014 class was rated No. 2 in the Big South and top-100 nationally, while the 2015 class was likewise ranked among the nation’s top 100. Winthrop’s 2017 recruiting class again led the Big South and was ranked in the top-100 nationally.

Chrysler was instrumental in developing the Eagles’ pitching staff as five Winthrop pitchers have gone on to sign professional contracts during Chrysler’s tenure. Winthrop’s pitching staff has ranked among the top 50 nationally in strikeouts/base on ball ratio and fewest base on balls per nine innings from 2012-2016.

Chrysler coached three All-Big South Performers as well as numerous Big South Pitcher of the Week recipients.

Chrysler came to the Eagles after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Stetson University. During his time with the Hatters, Chrysler was in charge of the outfielders, assisted with the hitters and pitchers, as well as serving as the first-base coach and baseball camp coordinator.

A native of Clear Lake, Texas, Chrysler played collegiately at Stetson University from 1995-97. He played three seasons as a two-way player for the Hatters and accumulated a 14-10 record on the mound with a 3.80 ERA. As a hitter, Chrysler had a career average of .309, including a career-high .344 average as a junior. He helped lead Stetson to two NCAA Tournament appearances in three seasons and currently holds the single-game pitching record by throwing 11 innings against Florida International on May 15, 1997.

Chrysler was named the 1996 Cape Cod League Reliever of the Year playing for the Wareham Gatemen. He also set the Cape Cod League save record that season and still holds the Gatemen team saves record. Chrysler was named to the Mid-Season All-Star Team during the season as well.

Chrysler left the Hatter baseball program after his junior season when he was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 17th round of the 1997 Major League Draft. He spent nine years playing professional baseball with the Mariners (1997-99) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (2000-04) and reached as high as the AAA level playing for the Pirates (Nashville Sounds). During his professional career, Chrysler was named to two minor league All-Star teams.

In 2010, he spent this summer as the head coach of the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs of the Florida Collegiate Summer League. The Diamond Dawgs won a league-record 31 games and the 2010 Florida League Championship, which was played at the Tampa Bay Rays’ Tropicana Field. Chrysler was also recognized as Manager of the Year.

He graduated from Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport, Fla., in 1994. As a player at Boca Ciega, Chrysler earned First Team All-Suncoast and All-State honors. He was drafted in the 47th round of the 1994 Major League Draft by the New York Yankees, but instead chose to attend Stetson.

Chrysler earned his bachelor’s degree in Supervision and Management from Daytona State College in December of 2009.

What they are saying about Clint Chrysler:
‘I have known Clint for almost 25 years and cannot think of someone more qualified or deserving of being the new pitching coach at NC State. All Wolfpack fans will come to know the same loyal, hard working and personable force that I have for all of these years. I look forward to seeing him in Omaha with the rest of the staff soon.” – Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Chipper Jones

“Elliott Avent and NC State baseball made an outstanding hire. Clint is a fantastic coach and recruiter, but above all he is an even better person; his work ethic and passion being second to none. In the eight years we were together at Winthrop, he made a major impact on our baseball program, and I know he will do the same for the NC State baseball program.” – Winthrop Head Coach Tom Riginos

“Clint is the perfect hire for NC State Baseball. As a player in both college and pro ball he was the ultimate competitor. As a coach he has cultivated that mindset with his individual pitchers as well as the staff as a whole. He’s an outstanding communicator who brings out the best in each of his staff, no matter what their role. They will compete, be fundamentally sound, and will attack the strike zone.”– Retired Stetson Head Coach Pete Dunn (Chrysler’s collegiate head coach)

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#1 NC State Baseball Defeats Miami in 1st ACC Road Game, 6-3

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Thanks to a five-run fifth inning, No. 1 NC State earned a 6-3 win in its first ACC road game of the year against Miami Friday night at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.

The Wolfpack moves to 21-1 on the year and now leads the nation in wins. NC State is also the only team in the ACC with six conference wins (6-1). Miami falls to 15-7 on the year and 3-4 in ACC play.

ACC Pitcher of the Week Jason Parker started on the mound for NC State and pitched four innings before turning it over to the bullpen. Freshman Baker Nelson was stellar in the contest with two scoreless innings of relief to earn his first collegiate win and Miami starter Evan McKendry was hit with his first loss (4-1) of the year.

Quick Hits

– After four scoreless innings, NC State tallied the game’s first runs with a big inning in the fifth, as the Wolfpack plated five runs.

– Patrick Bailey sparked the two-out rally with a double down the left field line and Evan Edwards followed with an RBI double to right center, scoring Bailey.

– Freshman Tyler McDonough tallied the Wolfpack’s third consecutive two-out hit to plate Edwards and give NC State a 2-0 lead.

– Following a single from Brad Debo, David Vazquez stepped to the plate and belted his second home run of the season, a three-run blast to extend the Pack’s advantage to 5-0, as NC State recorded five consecutive hits with two outs.

– It marked the 15th time this season that the Wolfpack has tallied a ‘big inning’ with four or more runs in the frame.

– Miami got a pair of runs back in the bottom half after three walks and a hit-by-pitch to cut the margin to 5-2.

– Bailey led off the seventh with a double to left center and came around to score on a double to deep center field off the bat of McDonough to push the NC State advantage to 6-2.

– Alex Toral pulled the ‘Canes within three runs with a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth, but Dalton Feeney entered the game and retired the next four batters to pick up his fifth save of the year.

Inside the Box Score

– McDonough led the Wolfpack at the plate with a 3-for-5 outing, his team-leading 12th multi-hit game of the season.

– Vazquez extended his hitting streak to eight games, as he was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a homer.

– Debo tallied a pair of hits in the contest to push his hitting streak to six games.

– Bailey and Jonny Butler were each 2-for-5 in the game, while Edwards was 1-for-4.

– Bailey and Edwards have now reached base safely in every game this year.

On Deck

NC State and Miami return to the field for game two of the series Saturday night. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. at Mark Light Field.

Photo Credit: JC Ridley/Miami Hurricanes

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#1 NC State’s ACC Leaders Heading into Miami

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#1 NC State is heading down to #29 Miami for a their first ACC road series tonight, but before the first pitch, here’s a look at the Wolfpack’s ACC leaders heading into the weekend.

(Via ACC Release)

Freshman Center Fielder Tyler McDonough ranks 4th in the ACC in Batting Average (.371).

Junior Jason Parker ranks 3rd in the ACC in ERA (0.968), and Sophomore Reid Johnston ranks 14th (2.86).

McDonough ranks 3rd in Hits (33), and Junior Shortstop Will Wilson ranks 7th (29).

Senior 1st Baseman Evan Edwards ranks 5th in Home Runs (6).

Sophomore Catcher Patrick Bailey ranks 6th in Walks (22).

Sophomore Outfielder Jonny Butler ranks 2nd in Runs (25), and Edwards ranks 7th (23).

Wilson and Bailey rank 3rd in Doubles (9).

Edwards ranks 6th in RBI’s (24) and 4th in Total Bases (54). Wilson ranks 5th in Total Bases, and Bailey ranks 9th (51).

Bailey ranks 6th in Slugging Percentage (.654), and Edwards ranks 10th (.628).

Junior pitcher Kent Klyman leads the conference in Wins (5).

Redshirt Sophomore Dalton Feeney is 2nd in Saves (4).

Parker ranks 4th in Opponent Batting Average (.198).

As a team, NC State ranks 2nd in batting average and 4th in ERA.

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#1 NC State Reaches 20 Wins with 11-1 Victory over Towson

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RALEIGH, N.C. – In its first game as the nation’s No. 1 team in program history, the NC State baseball team cruised past the Towson Tigers, 11-1, Tuesday evening at Doak Field at Dail Park.

The Wolfpack scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back, scoring 10 or more runs in a game for the eighth time this season.

NC State becomes the first team in the nation to reach 20 wins and is the only one-loss team in the nation, while Towson falls to 3-14.

Redshirt senior Nolan Clenney earned the win on the mound, his first of the season, while Towson starter Matt Watters was charged with the loss (0-2).

Quick Hits
– NC State scored first for the 11th time this season, as the Wolfpack pushed across three runs in the first inning to grab a 3-0 lead.
– Jonny Butler walked to start the frame and Will Wilson followed with a single through the left side.
– Patrick Bailey doubled off the wall in left field to score Butler and Wilson scored on a sacrifice fly from Evan Edwards to make it 2-0.
– An RBI single from Tyler McDonough plated Bailey, as the third run of the inning.
– Wilson drove in the Wolfpack’s fourth run of the day, as Butler singled through the left side and scored on Wilson’s double to left field.
– Edwards team-leading sixth home run gave NC State a 5-0 lead, as he deposited a 3-2 pitch over the wall in right center for a solo homer.
– Towson got on the board in the fourth after an RBI triple from Javon Fields.
– NC State countered with two runs in the sixth following a run-scoring single from Butler and a sacrifice fly from Edwards.
– The Pack tallied a big inning in the seventh with four runs to extend the margin to its final tally of 11-1.
– Butler drove in his second run of the day with a single to left field and Wilson stepped to the plate two batter later, clubbing a three-run homer to left center on his fifth of the year.

Inside the Box Score
– Butler tallied the first four-hit performance of his NC State career, as he was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with four runs scored and two RBI.
– Wilson was 3-for-5 with four RBI and also scored twice.
– Bailey and Edwards both extended their reached base safely streaks to 21 games, as they have reached safely in every game this season.
– David Vazquez singled in the second inning to extend his hitting streak to seven games, the longest on the team.

On Deck
NC State will return to action this weekend when the Wolfpack travels to Coral Gables, Fla., for its first ACC road series of the season at Miami. Friday’s game is set for 7 p.m. at Mark Light Field.

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NC State’s Jason Parker Earns ACC Pitcher of the Week Honors

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – After throwing a career-long seven shutout innings with a career-high 10 strikeouts in the win against top-ranked Florida State last Friday, NC State junior Jason Parker has been named the ACC Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced Monday.

Parker continued his strong start to the season with another stellar performance on the mound to lift the Wolfpack to a 16-0 win in the series opener against Florida State. The Seminoles entered the game ranked among the nation’s top 10 in five major polls, including No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball.

“I thought Jason was outstanding,” head coach Elliott Avent said to the media following Friday’s win. “That was the best I’ve seen him throw all year. He’s been very, very good for us on Fridays this year.”

The New Bern, N.C., native retired the side in order twice while allowing just five hits in the contest – all singles. Parker has allowed only two extra base hits this season — none in conference play — and lowered his ERA to 0.68.

He’s now 3-0 on the season with 26 strikeouts in 26.1 innings pitched and opponents have compiled a .198 batting average against him. Parker has also had great command, walking just six batters on the year and has not issued more than two walks in any start.

“I had just about all of my pitches working,” Parker said after his standout performance. “My fastball and slider command were there, and I had good feel for my changeup. Me and Patrick [Bailey] were on the same page and we had it firing.

“I love coming here every day and getting better. I look forward to pitching on Fridays because I know the guys are going to put up runs at the plate and my defense is going to be great behind me.”

Parker has yielded just two earned runs all season and has not given up a run in conference play.

With a record of 19-1, NC State is ranked No. 1 for the first time in program history, as Collegiate Baseball has the Wolfpack atop the rankings.

NC State will return to action Tuesday eveningwhen the Towson Tigers head to Raleigh. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park.

(Photo Credit: James Guillory) 

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