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



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



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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BA: NC State’s Thayer Thomas Ranks as College Football’s 4th Best Baseball Player



Baseball America recently ranked College Football’s best Baseball players, and NC State Wide Receiver Thayer Thomas ranked 4th.

4. Thayer Thomas, North Carolina State

Thomas had a big redshirt freshman year for the Wolfpack. In the fall, he was a backup wide receiver and caught 34 passes for 383 yards and three touchdowns, while also serving as NC State’s punt returner. In the spring, the outfielder hit .222/.364/.500 in 14 games and got drafted in the 33rd round by the Red Sox. He turned down Boston’s offer, however, and will continue as a dual-sport athlete at NC State. The former walk-on is now listed as a starter at wide receiver on the Wolfpack’s depth chart as NC State prepares to open its season against East Carolina. (BA)

Baseball America’s Top-10 Baseball Players that also play College Football

  1. Maurice Hampton, LSU
  2. Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss
  3. Cole Kmet, Notre Dame
  4. Thayer Thomas, NC State
  5. Lucas Krull, Florida
  6. John Rhys Plumlee, Ole Miss
  7. Justin Fields, Ohio State
  8. Feleipe Franks, Florida
  9. Trevon Flowers, Tennessee
  10. Jake Fromm, Georgia

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Six of NC State’s Eight Draft Picks Have Signed With MLB Teams



Obviously Junior Shortstop Will Wilson and Senior 1st Basemen Evan Edwards signed their Major League Baseball contracts after being taken in the 2019 Draft.

Wilson was drafted 15th overall by the Angels, and couldn’t turn that down, and Edwards was out of eligibility at the collegiate level, signing with the Marlins after being drafted in the 4th round.

In total, NC State’s Baseball team produced 7 draft picks this summer, which tied for the 9th most in College Baseball.

Outside of Wilson and Edwards, 4 Junior NC State Pitchers also signed their Major League contracts.

Jason Parker (Reds) and Andrew Blake (Angels) signed on June 11th, Alec Barger (Atlanta Braves) signed on June 17th, and Michael Bienlien (Detroit Tigers) signed on June 23rd.

Redshirt Freshman Outfileder Thayer Thomas (Round 33/Red Sox) and Sophomore Left Handed Pitcher Evan Justice (Round 39/ Marlins) are the only two Wolfpack players drafted that didn’t signed a contract. The deadline was July 12th.

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NC State Produced the 9th Most Draft Picks in 2019



The 2019 College Baseball season is over, but let’s take a moment to highlight the fact that NC State produced the 9th most picks in the 2019 MLB Draft this year. The 8 Wolfpack Draftees ties for 2nd all-time in school history (2017 & 2006), just one shy of the 9 selected in 2009.

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JR SS Will Wilson – 1st Round/15th Overall – Nationals

SR 1B Evan Edwards – 4th Round – Marlins

JR RHP Jason Parker – 16th Round – Reds

JR RHP Alex Barger – 17th Round – Braves

JR RHP Andrew Blake – 21st Round – Angels

JR RHP Michael Bienlien – 24th Round – Tigers

FR OF Thayer Thomas – 33rd Round – Red Sox

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