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NC State SS Will Wilson Named Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-American

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TUCSON, Ariz. – For the second consecutive season, NC State baseball’s Will Wilson has been named a Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball, announced Monday by the organization.

The Kings Mountain, N.C., native earned a spot on the second team and also secured Collegiate Baseball Second Team All-America honors following a stellar sophomore campaign. Wilson was recently tabbed one of the top 50 prospects for the 2019 MLB Draft by MLB Pipeline.

He spent the summer as a member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team (CNT) and traveled to Cuba with the team.

After claiming Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball in his initial season with the Wolfpack, Wilson put together a .307 batting average as a sophomore to go along with 53 RBIs and 15 home runs. He was one of seven Wolfpack players to claim All-ACC honors and one of four named to the first team.

The Pack’s shortstop made program history during the season by becoming the first NC State player to claim ACC Player of the Week honors three times in a season. Wilson hit 10 home runs against ACC teams, which tied for the third most in conference games and is the most among returning players. He was named one of 35 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is given annually to the top player in collegiate baseball.

Wilson was also selected to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, which is presented to the nation’s top shortstop. He was tabbed National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and College Sports Madness, along with NCBWA National Hitter of the Week during the season.

He finished third on the Wolfpack with 19 multi-hit games and tied for the team lead with 14 multi-RBI games.

NC State will open the 2019 season by hosting the Bucknell Bison from Feb. 15-17 for a three-game series at Doak Field at Dail Park.

2019 NC State Baseball season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting GoPack.com/Pack9Tickets or Wolfpack fans can call the NC State Athletics Ticket Office at 919-865-1510.

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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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