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NC State Beats Bucknell 12-8, Completing Opening Season Sweep

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Headlined by three home runs, including the first career homer and grand slam from junior Lawson McArthur, No. 21 NC State baseball powered past Bucknell, 12-8, Sunday afternoon to complete the series sweep.

The Wolfpack scored seven runs in the seventh inning, which are the most in an inning since March 3, 2018 against Campbell. The win marked the first time that the Pack has swept a season-opening series since 2010 against LaSalle.

Junior Kent Klyman picked up the win (1-0) on the mound and redshirt sophomore Dalton Feeney came on in the ninth to secure the save. Bucknell’s Tyler Wincig was charged with the loss.

NC State moves to 3-0 on the weekend, while Bucknell falls to 0-3.

Avent’s Additions
“I’m just so proud of our guys,” said head coach Elliott Avent. “We’ve been very fortunate with the weather we’ve had this spring and today might have been the coldest and the field was wet, damp.

“The guys didn’t treat this game as an 11 o’clock game on a Sunday morning, I felt they were ready to play. It’s a good thing they were because Bucknell certainly was. I thought their starting pitcher was outstanding. A lot of teams would get down trailing 7-4 in the seventh inning, but I am really proud of this club battling back.”

On Lawson McArthur
“I’m just really happy for him. He’s been behind some really good outfielders in Brock DeatherageJosh McLain and Brett Kinneman. He got a big hit at a big time for us. It was great for him because he made a big-time play yesterday in right field. When your confidence is going well, then things seem to work out good for you.”

Quick Hits
– The Wolfpack pushed across four runs in the bottom of the second, as the squad scored first in all three games of the series.
– Terrell Tatum had an RBI single in the frame and Vojtech Mensik tripled to right field to bring in two more runs for the Pack.
– A single from Jonny Butler scored Mensik, as NC State grabbed a 4-0 lead.
– Bucknell answered with three runs in the third thanks to a pair of RBI singles from JohnPaul Bell and Jack Schuler.
– After both teams were held scoreless in the fourth through the sixth innings, the seventh inning saw 11 runs scored.
– The Bison took its first lead of the series with four runs in the top of the inning, but it was short-lived as the Wolfpack responded with seven runs in the bottom half.
– Evan Edwards sparked the rally with his second home run of the season, a solo shot over the right field wall.
– Brad Debo contributed an RBI single to narrow the margin to 7-6.
– Following a David Vazquez walk to load the bases, McArthur crushed a 2-2 pitch from Wincig over the right field fence for his first career round-tripper and grand slam.
– Edwards drove in his second run of the inning with a single up the middle to push NC State’s advantage to 11-7.
– Tyler McDonough also notched his first collegiate home run with a blast to right field in the eighth to make it 12-7.
– Bucknell got a run back in the ninth, but Feeney entered the game and induced a flyout to center field to end the game.

Quoting McArthur
“I was just having fun out there, keeping my attitude up, and staying involved in the game. Watching every other at-bat to see what they were throwing to righties and lefties. I had a feeling with the bases loaded that he was going to throw me some off-speed pitches, which he did early in the count. I got in to a good count and managed to snag a fastball up in the zone and took advantage of it.

“My eyes got huge as soon as I saw that fastball up in the zone because I knew I could do something good with it.”

Inside the Box Score
– NC State did not commit an error and finished the weekend without a miscue on defense.
– Mensik turned in a 3-for-5 outing at the plate with two RBI and two runs, while McDonough was 2-for-4 with three runs and an RBI.
– Edwards and Tatum also tallied multi-hit games.

On the Mound
– Nick Swiney started on the mound for the Wolfpack and pitched 2.2 innings before handing the ball to Reid Johnston.
– Johnston tossed three shutout innings and departed the game inline to earn the win before a rally from Bucknell.
– Andrew Blake made his NC State debut on the mound and Klyman took over for him, throwing 2.1 innings to pick up the win.

On Deck
NC State will hit the road for its next five games, starting with a midweek game at Elon Tuesday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. at Latham Park.

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NC State Catcher Patrick Bailey Named Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball

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Collegiate Baseball released their 2020 College Baseball Preseason All-American teams yesterday, and NC State Junior Catcher Patrick Bailey was named to the 2nd Team.

FIRST TEAM
LHP Reid Detmers, Louisville
RHP Kumar Rocker, Vanderbilt
RHP Mason Hickman, Vanderbilt
RHP Jeff Criswell, Michigan
LHP Asa Lacy, Texas A&M
Relief Holden Powell, UCLA
C Adrian Del Castillo, Miami (Fla.)
1B Tristan Peterson, New Mexico St.
1B Spencer Torkelson, Arizona St.
2B Nick Gonzales, New Mexico St.
3B Alex Binelas, Louisville
SS Austin Martin, Vanderbilt
OF Heston Kjerstad, Arkansas
OF Ethan Wilson, South Alabama
OF Chris Lanzilli, Wake Forest
DH Aaron Sabato, North Carolina
UT Alec Burleson, East Carolina

SECOND TEAM
RHP Emerson Hancock, Georgia
RHP JT Ginn, Mississippi St.
RHP Brian Van Belle, Miami (Fla.)
RHP Trenton Denholm, U.C. Irvine
LHP Jake Mulholland, Oregon St.
RHP Collin Liberatore, Indiana St.
RHP Tanner Burns, Auburn
LHP Doug Nikhazy, Mississippi
LHP Hayes Heinecke, Wofford
RHP Drake Nightengale, South Alabama
LHP Seth Lonsway, Ohio St.
RHP CJ Van Eyk, Florida St.
Relief Tyler Brown, Vanderbilt
Relief Alek Jacob, Gonzaga
Relief Nick Frasso, Loyola Marymount
Relief Garrett Acton, Illinois
Relief Brett Barnett, South Dakota St.
C Patrick Bailey, N.C. State
C Austin Wells, Arizona
C Griffin Lockwood-Powell, Central Michigan
1B Bobby Seymour, Wake Forest
1B Alex Toral, Miami (Fla.)
2B Justin Foscue, Mississippi St.
2B Brian Klein, Texas Tech
3B Anthony Giachin, Army
SS Casey Martin, Arkansas
OF Garrett Mitchell, UCLA
OF Hudson Haskin, Tulane
OF Tanner Allen, Mississippi St.
UT Casey Schmitt, San Diego St.

THIRD TEAM
RHP John Baker, Ball St.
RHP Cameron Brown, Central Michigan
RHP Zach Hester, Samford
RHP Kade Mechals, Grand Canyon
RHP Chance Hroch, New Mexico St.
LHP Jared Wetherbee, Elon
LHP Rodney Boone, U.C. Santa Barbara
Relief Willie Weiss, Michigan
Relief Jason Ruffcorn, Oklahoma
Relief Michael McGreevy, U.C. Santa Barbara
Relief Joe Kruszka, Albany
Relief Michael Kirian, Louisville
Relief Grant Leonard, Iowa
C Hunter Goodman, Memphis
C Alex Webb, Jacksonville St.
1B Liam Hibbits, Va. Commonwealth
1B Maxwell Costes, Maryland
1B Sonny DiChiara, Samford
1B Trevin Esquerra, Loyola Marymount
1B Cuba Bess, Grand Canyon
2B Cody Morissette, Boston College
2B Landon Stephens, Miami (Ohio)
2B Nate Fisbeck, McNeese St.
3B Tyler Keenan, Mississippi
3B Raymond Gil, Miami (Fla.)
SS Zavier Warren, Central Michigan
SS Jordan Westburg, Mississippi St.
SS Nick Loftin, Baylor
SS Tyler Wilber, S.E. Missouri St.
OF Daniel Cabrera, LSU
OF Jordan Nwogu, Michigan
OF Colton Cowser, Sam Houston St.
OF Mike Antico, St. John’s
UT Max Meyer, Minnesota (CB)

At the end of his Sophomore year, he earned 3rd Team All-American honors by Collegiate Baseball, and Freshman All-American honors the year before.

Last year, Bailey hit .288,  with 68 hits, 17 doubles, 10 home runs and a .513 slugging percentage. Behind the plate, he committed just 5 errors in 476 chances for a .989 fielding percentage, throwing out 33 percent of the base runners attempting to steal.

Currently, MLB.com ranks Bailey as the #21 2020 MLB Draft prospect.

Also, congratulations are in order, because Bailey got engaged yesterday.

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NC State Baseball Ranks 16th in Collegiate Baseball’s 2020 Preseason Poll

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Collegiate Baseball released their 2020 Preseason Poll, and NC State sits at #16.

The Wolfpack finished ranked 21st in the final Collegiate Baseball poll in 2019.

ACC Teams in the 2020 Preseason Collegiate Baseball Poll

1) Louisville
4) Miami
13) UNC
15) FSU
16) NC State
17) Wake Forest

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NC State Releases 2020 Baseball Schedule

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The NC State 2020 Baseball schedule was released today.

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The schedule features 23 games against 2019 NCAA Tournament opponents, including three-game series at Florida State and Louisville, who both advanced to the College World Series last season. The Wolfpack’s slate additionally features 13 opponents and a combined 31 games against teams that finished the 2019 season among the top 100 of the NCAA RPI.

NC State’s nonconference schedule is highlighted by games against Iowa, Minnesota and Purdue Feb. 28-March 1 at the US Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings. The weekend in Minneapolis is a part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Pack will also play a pair of games at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, N.C., home of the Charlotte Knights, AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, against Charlotte and South Carolina March 18 and 24, respectively. (GoPack)

NC State finished the 2019 season with a 42-19 record, and a 18-12 conference record. They finished the regular season ranked 13th nationally, and 3rd in the ACC.

The Wolfpack finished the year ranked 21st in the final Collegiate Baseball Rankings.

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J. Cole Wears NC State Baseball Jersey in New Music Video

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Rapper J. Cole released the music video to his new song “Under the Sun” yesterday, and he is wearing an NC State baseball jersey in it. Cole, a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, has been a frequent visitor at NC State since Dennis Smith Jr. came to Raleigh in 2016. He attended quite a few of Smith’s games in PNC Arena.

Since then, Cole has continued to come back to Raleigh, and has played quite a few games of pick-up basketball in the Dail Center.

You can buy the jersey that J Cole is wearing online at the Red and White Shop, but currently every size is sold out besides 3XL.

(Warning: The music video below has explicit language)

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