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NC State’s Bailey & Wilson Named to 2019 Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List

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DURHAM, N.C. – For the third consecutive season, NC State baseball is represented on the Golden Spikes Award Watch List as sophomore Patrick Bailey and junior Will Wilson were selected to the preseason listing announced on Thursday.

Presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award recognizes the nation’s top amateur baseball player. The 42nd Golden Spikes Award will be presented on June 14.

The preseason watch list features 55 players, as NC State is one of 10 schools with more than one selection. In total, 44 different schools in 18 different conferences are represented on the 2019 preseason watch list.

Last season, ACC Pitcher of the Year Brian Brown and First Team All-ACC selection Brett Kinneman were named to the midseason watch list and Brown was one of 25 semifinalists for the accolade. In 2017, second-round MLB selection and All-American Joe Dunand garnered a place on the preseason watch list.

The Wolfpack has two players on the preseason watch list for the first time since 2014, when Carlos Rodon and Trea Turner garnered the mention.

Both Bailey and Wilson have earned 2019 Preseason All-America honors from at least four publications, including Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Perfect Game.

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 Kings Mountain, N.C., native 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 was recently tabbed one of the top 50 prospects for the 2019 MLB Draft by MLB Pipeline and spent last summer as a member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team (CNT).

Bailey was a unanimous Freshman All-America selection last season, claiming the honor from all five publications to announce the award, including Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Perfect Game.

The Greensboro, N.C., native turned in a stellar rookie season to earn 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.

Bailey’s .604 slugging percentage led the Pack, was the fourth highest in the ACC and best for a freshman. 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.

The 2019 Golden Spikes Award timeline:

  • April 10:USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list announced
  • May 15:USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalists announced, voting begins
  • May 26: USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalists voting ends
  • May 29:USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalists announced, voting begins
  • June 10:USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalists voting ends
  • June 14:USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award trophy presentation

About Golden Spikes Award
Since 1978, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. Following the first-ever presentation of the Award to Bob Horner of Arizona State, the Golden Spikes Award has been presented each year to the player who exhibits exceptional athletic ability and exemplary sportsmanship. The 2018 Golden Spikes Award winner was Andrew Vaughn from the University of California Berkeley. Past winners of this prestigious award include current Major League Baseball players such as Brendan McKay (’17), Kyle Lewis (’16), Andrew Benintendi (’15), Kris Bryant (’13), Mike Zunino (’12), Trevor Bauer (’11), Bryce Harper (’10), Stephen Strasburg (’09), Buster Posey (’08), David Price (’07) and Alex Gordon (’05). Former Major League stars that have captured the award include Tim Lincecum (’06), Pat Burrell (’98), Mark Kotsay (’95), Robin Ventura (’88), Jim Abbott (’87), Will Clark (’85), Dave Magadan (’83), Terry Francona (’80), Tim Wallach (’79), and Horner (’78).  For more information, please visit GoldenSpikesAward.com.  Fans can follow the Golden Spikes Award on Twitter @USAGoldenSpikes.

About Rod Dedeaux Foundation
The Rod Dedeaux Foundation was formed to continue Rod’s spirit by supporting youth baseball and softball programs in underserved areas. Currently, inner city organizations are fighting for survival as public funding is drying up, coupled with the game’s waning popularity with children in Urban areas. Through the efforts of the Foundation, youth receive more than just uniforms and renovated facilities, they receive a sanctuary from challenging environments and a support system specifically designed to build character and academic support to enable underprivileged youth to achieve their dreams. For more information, please visit DedeauxFoundation.org.

About USA Baseball
USA Baseball is the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation.  The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic, Premier12 and Pan Am teams (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 15U and 12U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women’s National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year.  The organization is responsible for the continued proliferation and health of the sport, and leads a number of amateur initiatives including PLAYBALL and Pitch Smart.  USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country.  For more information, please visit the organization’s official websites: USABaseball.com, PLAYBALL.org, PitchSmart.org, SportDev.org, GoldenSpikesAward.com and USABaseballShop.com.

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NC State Baseball Remains in Top-15 After Losing 7 of 9

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Despite losing 7 of their last 9 games (prior to last nights victory over Tennessee Tech), NC State’s Baseball team remains in the Top-15 of the national rankings.

Perfect Game ranks the Wolfpack the highest, slotting them at #13 nationally.

Collegiate Baseball – 14th (11th)

D1Baseball – 14th (9th)

Baseball America – 16th (9th)

USAToday Coaches – 14th (8th)

NCBWA – 15th (11th)

NC State will kickoff a 3-game weekend series at Notre Dame on Friday night at 6pm.

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#13 NC State Defeats Tennessee Tech, 10-6

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RALEIGH – Thanks to Luca Tresh’s three-run homer in the seventh inning along with insurance runs from Jonny Butler’s two-RBI double in the eighth, the No. 13 NC State baseball team overcame a late two-run deficit to defeat Tennessee Tech, 10-6, on Tuesday evening at Doak Field at Dail Park.

The Wolfpack improves to 32-10 on the year while the Golden Eagles, a team that was one win away from reaching the College World Series in 2018, move to 17-21 on the year.

Tuesday’s victory marked the 16th time this season that the Pack has fought back from a deficit at some point to win a game.


Avent’s Additions

“You can tell Tennessee Tech is a tough-minded team who’s been to some places and done some things,” said head coach Elliott Avent. “I think they’ve gone through some injuries but are getting those guys back and have sustained it. They’re a team that was one win away from Omaha last year and was the talk of the nation.

“They’re well-coached and are a very good ball club. They have three to four very good players up at the top of their lineup that can really hit. Jacob Cole pitched really well for them, and (Luca) Tresh came up with a big hit for us because he was pounding the strike zone.”

Quick Hits

-The Golden Eagles took a 2-0 lead in its first two at-bats of the game, as Hunter Higdon drew a leadoff walk and Kevin Strohschein followed up with a home run to left field.

-NC State got a run back in the second on Butler’s sac fly to center field, scoring J.T. Jarrett after he drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on Dillon Cooper’s base hit to right field.

-Another walk and home run by Anthony Carrera on two outs in the third inning gave the Golden Eagles a 4-1 advantage.

-The Pack knotted the game up at four in the bottom frame. Evan Edwards trotted home for the first run of the side on a wild pitch after drawing a leadoff walk and advancing to third on Patrick Bailey’s single to center field.

-Tresh knocked in Bailey with a single up the middle, and Jarrett’s bases-loaded sac fly to center field plated Tresh.

-John Dyer and Carrera started the fifth inning with a single up the middle and double down the right field line, and Gavin Johns drove them both in with a single to left center to give the Golden Eagles their lead back.

-Tresh came up clutch in the seventh with his fifth homer of the year to give the Pack its first lead of the game. Tyler McDonough’s leadoff single followed by an error on a fielder’s choice put runners on base, allowing the freshman to give his team the 7-6 advantage.

-Butler provided the insurance runs in the eighth when he ripped a two-run double down the right field line, scoring Jarrett and Cooper after they led off the side with a pair of singles.

-After driving in two, Butler scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch to tack on a run of his own in the frame.

Inside The Box Score

-Tyler McDonough tallied his team-leading 21st multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 at the plate.

-Tresh matched his career-best outing with a 2-for-3 performance while batting in a career-high four runs.

-Cooper additionally put together a solid offensive performance in just his second start of the season, going 2-for-4.

-Butler tallied a career-best three RBI on the night with his sac fly and two-run double.

On The Mound

-Six Wolfpack pitchers combined for the win, led by another standout performance from Nick Swiney. He collected his fourth win of the season out of the bullpen, throwing 3.2 innings and allowing just one batter to reach base on a walk, while matching his career high in strikeouts with eight.

-Alec Barger tossed the final inning, issuing one walk while fanning two.

On Deck

NC State will travel to Notre Dame this weekend for a three-game series at Frank Eck Stadium. The teams will play Friday ay 6 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., and all three games will be broadcast live on the ACC Network Extra with a free radio stream on WKNC 88.1 FM.

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#7 NC State Splits Doubleheader With Wake Forest

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – No. 7 NC State baseball split its doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Wake Forest’s David F. Couch Ballpark in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Wolfpack won game one, 4-3, but fell, 9-8, in the nightcap.

After the Pack took a 3-0 through the first two innings of game one, Wake knotted the score in the sixth to overcome its deficit. J.T. Jarrett belted his first career homer in the seventh to provide the go-ahead run for the Red & White to even the series.

In the rubber match NC State had a commanding 7-0 lead through the first two innings, but three-run bursts in the third, fifth and seventh by the Demon Deacons allowed Wake to take game two as well as the series.

The Wolfpack moves to 31-10 on the year and 13-8 in ACC play, while the Deacons improve to 24-17 overall and 11-10 against conference opponents.

Quick Hits (Game One)

-The Pack opened the scoring right away thanks to Tyler McDonough’s RBI single through the right side. After two quick outs to center field, Evan Edwards’ walk and a wild pitch put him in scoring position.

-A bases-loaded fielder’s choice and wild pitch with runners at the corners tacked on another pair of runs for the Pack in the third.

-Wake struck in the sixth when Bobby Seymour’s two-run double closed the team’s deficit to one after a pair of singles to left center on one out started the side.

-With runners at the corners after another base hit to left field, Michael Ludowig’s sac fly to left field knotted the game.

-It took just one pitch for the Pack to take its lead back, as Jarrett led off the seventh with his first career home run down the left field line.

-The score held as Nick Swiney was phenomenal in relief. Just one Wake Forest batter reached base in the final three innings of the contest.

Inside The Box Score (Game One)

-Jonny Butler (2-for-5), McDonough (2-for-4) and Jarrett (2-for-3) all turned in multi-hit outings and combined for six of the team’s seven hits in the game.

On The Mound (Game One)

-Starter Reid Johnston threw five strong innings of work before yielding the three runs in the sixth. Prior to the start of the sixth, he gave up just one hit and a pair of walks while fanning six.

-Swiney collected his third win of the year in relief, throwing the final 3.1 innings and surrendering just one hit while striking out six batters.  

Quick Hits (Game Two)

-The Pack picked right back up where it left off in game one with McDonough’s two-run homer over the left field wall in the first inning.

-A five-run surge in the second extended NC State’s lead to seven. With the bases loaded on one out, Wake’s second baseman fielded a Butler ground ball, tagged Jarrett heading to second, but his throw to turn the double play was wild which allowed two runs to cross.

-Patrick Bailey’s RBI single to right center and back-to-back doubles by Edwards and McDonough knocked in the other three runs.

-In the third, Michael Turconi’s one-out solo shot to right center and Seymour’s two-run homer to right field cut Wake’s deficit to four.

-Wake tacked on three more runs in the fifth thanks to Seymour’s third RBI of the game, a groundout to second, with runners in scoring position and Shane Muntz’s two-run homer to center field.

-McDonough drove in his fifth run of the game in the seventh with a double to center field after Edwards led off with a single through the right side.

-The Deacons managed to take its first lead of the game in the bottom of the frame. Chris Lanzilli’s RBI single to center field and a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch leveled the score, and another hit batter with the bases loaded gave Wake a one-run advantage.

-After a scoreless eighth, Edwards hit a one-out single to left field in the ninth to provide the game-tying run, but a 3-6 groundout double play ended the game.

Inside The Box Score (Game Two)

-McDonough’s 4-for-5 outing marked the third time this season he has tallied four hits in a single game. He also drove in a career-high five RBI and was a single shy of hitting for the cycle.

-He has reached base safely in the last 10 games and collected at least one hit in the last four.

-McDonough additionally leads the team with 20 multi-hit performances.

-Edwards also went 4-for-5 in the game, marking the third time in his career he’s accomplished the feat, and scored three runs of his own.

-Cameron Cotter (3-3) was charged with the loss after placing what proved to be the game-winning run on base in the seventh.

On Deck

NC State returns home Tuesday for a midweek matchup with Tennessee Tech. First pitch is 6 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park, and the contest will be broadcast live on the ACC Network Extra.

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#7 NC State Drops Series Opener At Wake Forest, 7-3

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Despite a two-run homer in the eighth and putting a pair of runners on with two-outs in the ninth in an attempted comeback, the seventh-ranked NC State baseball team dropped its series opener on Thursday evening to Wake Forest at the David F. Couch Ballpark in Winston-Salem, N.C., 7-3.

The Wolfpack moves to 30-9 overall and 12-7 in ACC play, while the Demon Deacons improve to 23-16 on the year and 10-9 against conference opponents.

Quick Hits

-After two scoreless innings, the Demon Deacons struck in the third with three runs on four hits and an error. Chris Lanzilli clubbed a two-out homer over the left field wall for the first run.

-Brendan Tinsman’s hard-hit ball off of Wolfpack pitcher Evan Justice, followed by an NC State error doubled Wake’s lead.

-With Tinsman on second after the error, Michael Ludowig knocked him in with a base hit up the middle. 

-NC State got on the board in the fifth thanks to Will Wilson’s sac fly to right field after Vojtech Mensik led off with a double up the right field line and advanced to third on Jonny Butler’s groundout to second base.

-Wake countered with a run of its own in the home half of the fifth, stretching its lead back out to three. A pair of walks and groundout to first started the threat, and Tinsman drove his second run of the night in on a groundout to third base.

-The Demon Deacons plated a pair of runs in the sixth on a bases-loaded two-run single through the left side, extending its lead to 6-1.

-A run in the seventh added to Wake’s advantage. Ludowig led off with a double to right center, and Bruce Steel’s single to right center allowed him to cross home plate.

-Luca Tresh trimmed the Pack’s deficit to four in the eighth inning with a two-run homer, his fourth of the year, over the center field wall.

-The Pack tried to start a two-out rally in the ninth with Patrick Bailey’s double down the right field line and Evan Edwards’ walk, but couldn’t push any runs across.

Inside The Box Score

-Mensik provided the team’s only multi-hit outing, as he went 2-for-4 with a single and double. It was his sixth multi-hit game of the year.

-Tyler McDonough extended his reached base streak to eight.

-Tresh’s homer marked the fourth time this year he has drove in multiple runs.

On The Mound

-Starter Dalton Feeney (1-1) was charged with the loss, as we went 2.2 innings and gave up an earned run on four hits.

-Andrew Blake was strong in relief for the Wolfpack. He threw the final 2.2 innings of the game, yielding an earned run on four hits while matching his career high in strikeouts with six.

On Deck

The teams will meet Saturday at 6 p.m. at the David F. Couch Ballpark in Winston-Salem, N.C., as NC State will look to even the series with the Demon Deacons. The contest will be broadcast live on the ACC Network Extra.

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