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#21 NC State Shuts Out Elon 5-0

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ELON, N.C. – In what appeared to be a pitcher’s duel and a low-scoring affair following five scoreless innings, the 21st-ranked NC State baseball team pushed across several runs late to earn a 5-0 shutout win at Elon Tuesday evening.

The Wolfpack plated the game’s first run in the sixth and then added four runs in its final two at-bats to come away with the shutout win. Four different pitchers combined for the shutout, as sophomore Evan Justice earned the win (1-0) with 2.1 innings of relief in his first appearance of the season.

Elon’s starter Jared Wetherbee was charged with the loss (0-1) and it was just the second of his career.

NC State moves to 4-0 on the year, handing Elon (3-1) its first loss of the season in the process. It was the Pack’s first road shutout since March 31, 2018, at Virginia Tech.

Avent’s Additions
“I’m awfully proud of our guys,” said head coach Elliott Avent. “They came over here in tough conditions, first game on the road and they were excited. This club likes to play and that’s a very, very good Elon team, maybe the best one I’ve seen in a long time.

“It was scoreless for the first five innings, but I felt like Elon had the advantage because they had us on the ropes, but we turned that situation into a 5-0 win. We made pitches and plays when we had to. I’m very proud of this ballclub.”

Quick Hits
– Elon threatened in the bottom of the third, as they loaded the bases with one out, but Baker Nelson entered the game and induced a foul out and a ground out to escape the jam.
– More impressively, the freshman battled out of a 3-0 hole to the first batter he faced to get the foul out and then made a great pitch to get the ground out to J.T. Jarrett at second base to end the inning.
– Will Wilson broke the scoreless tie with a solo homer in the sixth inning to give NC State a 1-0 lead, s the Wolfpack has scored first in every game this year.
– The junior drove the 1-2 pitch from Wetherbee over the left field wall for his second home run of the season. It was also the first homer that Wetherbee has allowed and just the second extra-base hit he has yielded in his career.
– NC State loaded the bases in the eighth and Evan Edwards made the Phoenix pay with a two-RBI double down the right field line.
– He later scored in the inning on a wild pitch to make it 4-0.
– Vojtech Mensik walked to start the ninth, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout from Terrell Tatum and scored on a wild pitch to extend NC State’s lead to 5-0.
– Mathieu Gauthier pitched around a leadoff single in the ninth to secure the win.

On the Mound
– Junior Michael Bienlien started on the mound and pitched 2.1 innings with three strikeouts before handing the ball to Nelson.
– Nelson threw the next 2.1 innings with only one hit allowed with a pair of strikeouts.
– Justice was also great out of the bullpen, fanning three batters and Gauthier threw the final two innings yielding just one hit.

On Deck
NC State will return to action this weekend at the Baseball at the Beach Tournament, hosted by Coastal Carolina. The Wolfpack will take on Kent State in its first game of the weekend Friday afternoon at TicketReturn.Com Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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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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