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#21 NC State Walks Off in Extras Against Kent State, 3-2

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – With two outs in the bottom of the 11th, sophomore Patrick Bailey lifted a fly ball into shallow left field, and it fell in for the game-winning hit as the 21st-ranked NC State baseball team earned a 3-2 walkoff win against Kent State Friday evening at TicketReturn.com Field.

Lawson McArthur drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on a throwing error by the pitcher, as the Wolfpack had the winning run in scoring position with just one out. After a flyout, Will Wilson drew a walk and Bailey followed with the game-winning single.

It was NC State’s first walkoff win since April 29, 2016, against Duke.

Four different Wolfpack pitchers combined to prevent Kent State, a team receiving votes for the top 25 poll that has won three consecutive Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championships, from scoring an earned run. Both of the Golden Flashes runs were unearned.

Kent Klyman finished the game on the mound to earn his second win of the season, while Zach Schultz was charged with the loss.

NC State remains unbeaten on the year at 5-0, while Kent State is still looking for its first win (0-4).

Quick Hits

– Kent State pushed across the game’s first runs, as NC State found itself trailing for just the second time this season.

– The Golden Flashes took advantage of the Wolfpack’s first error of the year, plating two runs in the bottom of the third.

– Sophomore Devonte Brown sparked the NC State offense in the sixth, as he ripped a 2-1 pitch off the wall in left center, narrowly missing his first collegiate home run.

– Wilson followed two batters later with a single up the middle, as Brown raced around to score from second to get the Wolfpack on the board.

– A solo homer from Wilson knotted the game at two apiece in the eighth, as the junior shortstop crushed a 3-2 delivery from Jack Zimmerman over the left field. It was his third round-tripper of the season.

On the Mound

– NC State pitchers did not allow an earned run or an extra-base hit in the contest.

– Junior Jason Parker started on the mound for the Pack and threw four innings with four strikeouts.

– Evan Justice was brilliant out of the bullpen, striking out five batters and 34 of the 47 pitches he threw were strikes.

– Dalton Feeney pitched 1.2 innings before handing the ball to Klyman, who threw the final 1.1.

On Deck

NC State will return to action on Saturday morning, when the Wolfpack takes on the Michigan State Spartans. First pitch is set for 11 a.m. at Springs Brooks Stadium.

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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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NC State 6 Wake Forest 5: ACCDN Highlight Reel

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#3 Seed NC State (13th nationally) scored 4 innings in the 9th inning to beat #10 Seed Wake Forest 6-5 last night to advance to the semifinals of the 2019 ACC Baseball Tournament.

Check out the ACC Digital Network Highlight Reel below.

NC State will continue action tonight at the ACC Championship when it faces #6 Seed Florida State at 7 p.m, and will play the winner of Duke vs. Georgia Tech in the Semifinals tomorrow.

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