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NC STATE BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVES NEW CONTRACTS FOR AVENT AND SANTORO

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State Board of Trustees approved Friday new contracts for head baseball coach Elliott Avent and head women’s soccer coach Tim Santoro.

Avent’s contract, which was set to expire in June of 2019, has been extended through 2021 with the potential for additional years based on achievement.

“Coach Avent has led NC State baseball for over two decades, and we’re glad he will continue as our leader for years to come,” said Director of Athletics, Debbie Yow.  “He works tirelessly, recruits at a high level, and we look forward to his continued leadership.”

Santoro agreed to a two-year extension to his current agreement, which puts him under contract for five years through 2022.

“Coach Santoro continues to do an exceptional job building our women’s soccer program. He recruits at a high level, has elevated NC State, and this contract reflects our commitment.”
Last season, Avent guided the Wolfpack to a 40-win season, highlighted by hosting an NCAA Regional in Raleigh for the sixth time in program history, all of which have come under his direction. The Wolfpack won its first seven ACC series and tied the program record with 19 conference wins.

NC State finished the year ranked No. 22 in the D1 Baseball Poll, which marks the 16th consecutive season that the Wolfpack has either started or finished the year ranked among the top 25 of a major poll. The Pack also made history with four players selected in the top-10 rounds of the 2018 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft.

In 2013, he led the Wolfpack to the College World Series (CWS) and has taken NC State to the NCAA Tournament in 17 of his 22 seasons at the helm, including 14 of the last 16 seasons.

Avent is the winningest head coach in program history and is just one of 17 active NCAA Division I baseball head coaches with 1,000 or more career wins. The 2019 season will be his 23rd leading the Wolfpack.

“NC State has always been where my heart is, and I’ve spent the better part of my professional life striving to build a program our campus, alumni, and community can share a sense of pride in,” said Avent. “There is a tremendous amount of pride that connects our players and staff, both past and present. Together we have amassed years of sustained success that has created such a passionate and loyal fan base.

“I look forward to leading the Wolfpack for years to come maintaining the consistency that has become a hallmark of NC State baseball.”

Last season, Santoro led NC State to the NCAA Second Round with a 15-5-2 record, marking the most wins for the program since 1995. The campaign was highlighted by a third-place finish in the ACC regular season standings and the program’s first ACC Championship semifinal appearance since 1995.

“I’ve enjoyed my time at NC State and in Raleigh and am so thankful to Debbie and the administration for having faith in me to continue building on what started a few years back,” said Santoro. “While we’ve made some great strides, there’s still so much more to accomplish and I’m just excited for the opportunity to keep leading a top ACC program that’s part of a great institution, in a great city and surrounded by great people.”

The women’s soccer team finished with a final RPI of 23, setting its best mark in program history since the NCAA began archiving the stat in 2000. The Wolfpack improved 11 spots from 2016 when the team earned a then program-best RPI of 34, and has made a 197-spot improvement from 220th in 2015.

NC State also clinched back-to-back ACC Championship berths for the first time since 2003-04 and earned consecutive NCAA Championship appearances for the first time since 1995-96.

The Pack additionally finished 21st in the final United Soccer Coaches poll, 23rd in Soccer America’s and 16th in Top Drawer Soccer’s, marking the first back-to-back top 25 finishes for the program since 1991-92.

Santoro is in his sixth season leading the women’s soccer program and was the NSCAA Southeast Region Coach of the Year and a finalist for National Coach of the Year in 2016.

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NC State Baseball: Projected NCAA Tournament Field UPDATE (5/26/19)

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Before #14 NC State lost to #8 Georgia Tech yesterday in the ACC Tournament Semifinals, and before UNC advanced to the championship game, defeating Boston College, both D1Baseball and Baseball America projected the Wolfpack would be a regional host.

But both of those things did happen, causing D1Baseball to bump NC State to a #2 seed in ECU’s (#10 seed) regional.

Baseball America still projects the Wolfpack as a regional host, as the #15 seed, accompanied by Ole Miss, Campbell and Jacksonville State.

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NC State Baseball Drops ACC Championship Semifinal Contest With Georgia Tech

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DURHAM, N.C. – No. 13 NC State baseball’s run at the ACC Championship ended with a 9-2 loss in its semifinal matchup with sixth-ranked and second-seeded Georgia Tech on Saturday evening at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C. 

The Wolfpack moves to 42-17 on the year while the Yellow Jackets improve to 41-16 on the year and advance to the championship final Sunday. 

Quick Hits

-Tristin English’s leadoff homer to right field in the second gave Tech the early advantage. 

-Patrick Bailey leveled the score at one in the third as he drove in Jonny Butler, who reached on a leadoff single, from first with his triple down the right field line.

-In the fifth, Tech took its lead back thanks to Michael Guldberg’s three-run homer to left field following an outfield single and walk on two outs.

-The Jackets extended its lead to 6-1 in the eighth via Baron Radcliff’s two-run double with runners in scoring position. A bases-loaded wild pitch and 2-RBI single up the middle tacked on three more runs in the frame.

-Down to its final out of the game, Butler drew a two-out walk and scored on Will Wilson’s double to the left field wall to make it 9-2, but it wasn’t enough to erase the deficit. 

Inside The Box Score

-Butler went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, while Wilson and Evan Edwards hit a double apiece. Wilson leads the team with 20 this season.

-Bailey additionally contributed to the team’s six hits on the night with his team-leading third triple of the year.

-Starting pitcher Jason Parker (4-3) was charged with the loss after going 4.2 innings and yielding four earned runs on five hits. 

On Deck

NC State will now await its fate for the NCAA Tournament. The top 16 host sites will be announced Sunday at 8:30 p.m. via social media, and the full selection show will be held Monday at 12:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

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NC State Falls to FSU 11-0 to close out Pool Play, Will Face GT in Semi’s Tonight

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DURHAM, N.C. – No. 13 NC State baseball wrapped up pool play on Friday evening at the ACC Championship in Durham, N.C., at theDurham Bulls Athletic Park. In its second game of the week, the Wolfpack fell to sixth-seeded Florida State, 11-0 (7 inn.).

The result snaps a 139-game streak of not suffering a shutout loss, with the last coming on April 23, 2017, at Boston College (a 1-0 loss).

The No. 3 seed Wolfpack already clinched a spot in the semifinals Saturday, as it defeated 10th-seeded Wake Forest, 6-5, on Thursday nightafter the Seminoles dropped a 7-4 decision to the Demon Deacons on Tuesday. Since all three teams finished with a 1-1 record in pool play, the top-seeded team, NC State, automatically advances to the weekend.

The Pack moves to 42-16 on the year while the Seminoles improve to 36-21.

How It Happened

-The Noles got off to a strong start with a pair of runs in the first inning. Back-to-back doubles by Reese Albert and Drew Mendoza just fair of the right field line plated the first run. After a wild pitch and walk put runners at the corners, J.C. Flowers’ single up the middle tacked on the other run of the frame. 

-FSU doubled its lead in the third after stringing together four base hits following a leadoff walk.

-In the fourth, two more runs scored for the Noles via Mendoza’s sac fly to center field and Robby Martin’s single up the middle after a leadoff single and double put runners in scoring position.

-Florida State knocked in five runs via a solo homer, pair of RBI doubles and RBI single in the fifth.

-The Noles made it 11-0 in the seventh when Carter Smith scored on an error. He led off with a single to right field, and a wild pitch and groundout to second allowed him to threaten at third. 

On Deck

NC State will face second-seeded Georgia Tech Saturday in the ACC Championship semifinal at the DBAP. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m., as the game will be broadcast on Regional Sports Networks (RSN) and the ACC Network Extra (subject to blackout). There will also be a free audio stream on WKNC 88.1 FM.

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VIDEO: NC State Celebrates 9th Inning Comeback Over Wake Forest in ACCT

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Wake Forest has stood in NC State’s way in the past, but not this time. Trailing 5-2 in the top of the 9th inning, NC State scored 4 runs to take a 6-5 lead, and held onto victory in the bottom of the 9th.

Check out the videos below of the Wolfpack celebrating, close calls, and head coach Elliott Avent’s view on instant replay.

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