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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 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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