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#21 NC State Edges #19 Coastal Carolina in Extra Innings to Stay Perfect

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CONWAY, S.C. – Facing its first ranked opponent of the season, the 21st-ranked NC State baseball team erased a four-run deficit en route to earning a 7-6 extra-inning win against No. 19 Coastal Carolina Sunday evening at Springs Brooks Stadium.

After the Chanticleers grabbed an early lead in the game, NC State didn’t panic and continued to have great at-bats at the plate. The Wolfpack pushed across two runs in the third and four in the fifth to tie the game at 6-6.

From there, both teams’ bullpens were stellar, but it was the Pack’s that held the Chants scoreless after the fourth inning. Sophomore Patrick Bailey barreled up a 2-0 fastball in the bottom of the 11th and it left the yard for the game winner on his first home run of the season.

With the win, the Wolfpack moves to 7-0 on the season and the Chanticleers were handed their first loss (7-1). NC State concludes a perfect weekend in the Baseball at the Beach Tournament, following wins against Kent State and Michigan State, respectively.

Avent’s Additions
“I’m really proud of our guys,” said head coach Elliott Avent. “Coastal Carolina doesn’t lose at home very often. This is the type of environment that can rattle the road team and I never thought we got rattled.

“We didn’t play well early, but once [Dalton] Feeney came into the game and once Evan [Edwards] hit that home run, I saw an NC State team that was much more confident and started doing things well.”

Turning Point
The first two batters reached for Coastal Carolina in the bottom of the ninth, but NC State’s Kent Klyman got the next batter to pop up the sacrifice bunt attempt for the out as neither runner was able to advance.

Dillon Cooper then made one of the biggest plays of the game, as he gloved a slow grounder to the right side of the infield and made a strong throw to Will Wilson covering second base for the out. The baserunner for the Chanticleers assumed the play was going to be to first and jogged into second, allowing Cooper’s throw to beat the runner for the second out of the ninth.

Klyman got a swinging strikeout to get out of the inning and send the game to extras.

Quick Hits
– After NC State pitchers held opponents without an earned run for the previous 29 innings, Coastal Carolina grabbed a 1-0 lead on a solo home run in the bottom of the first to snap the streak.
– A three-run homer in the second pushed the Chanticleers advantage to 4-0, but the Wolfpack countered with a pair of runs in the third.
– Jonny Butler doubled to start the frame and Wilson singled, as both scored on a single to right center off the bat of Evan Edwards to cut the Coastal lead in half, 4-2.
– The Chants added a run in the bottom of the third and one in the fourth to pull ahead 6-2 before the Wolfpack answered with four runs in the fifth to knot the score.
– Wilson ripped an RBI double to right center on an 0-2 pitch and Patrick Bailey followed with a sacrifice fly to left field.
– Edwards had the big hit in the inning, as he launched a 3-2 fastball over the wall in right center for his third homer of the season to level the tally at six apiece.
– The Wolfpack threatened in the seventh, loading the bases with one out but a double play followed to end the inning.
– Bailey’s first home run of the season came at the perfect time, as his leadoff blast in the 11th proved to be the difference.

Inside the Box Score
– Bailey and Wilson each turned in three-hit performances, as Bailey had a pair of RBIs and scored a run while Wilson scored twice and drove in a run.
– Butler tallied a 2-for-4 showing with two runs and Edwards was 2-for-5 with four RBIs.
– Freshman Vojtech Mensik also had a pair of hits in the contest, while Brad Debo and Tyler McDonough had one hit apiece.
– The Wolfpack has hit at least one homer in six of its seven games this season.

On the Mound
– Sophomore Nick Swiney started on the mound for the Pack and threw 2.2 innings before giving way to Mathieu Gauthier.
– Alec Barger took over next and pitched two-thirds of an inning before departing.
– Dalton Feeney was electric out of the NC State bullpen, as he retired the first 11 batters he faced with three strikeouts.
– Klyman came on in the ninth and went the distance to earn his third win of the season, which leads all pitchers in the ACC.

On Deck
NC State will return to action on Wednesday when the Wolfpack makes the short trip to Campbell. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m. at Jim Perry 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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