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#10 NC State Wins 10-1 @ Campbell, Improves to 8-0

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Battling its fourth preseason conference favorite in its last five games, the 10th-ranked NC State baseball team earned a 10-1 victory against the Campbell Fighting Camels Wednesday evening at Jim Perry Stadium.

The Wolfpack jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the contest and never trailed en route to improving to 8-0 on the year, while Campbell falls to 5-3.

Avent’s Additions
“We played very, very well tonight,” said head coach Elliott Avent. “We played a really good baseball team and we knew that coming into the game. Our guys were ready to play, and they were loose.

“They came in with a good mentality and were ready to accept the challenge of facing Campbell’s starter [Seth Johnson], who had a ton of scouts in the stands to see him and who we’ve heard so much about.”

Quick Hits
– NC State struck first in the contest, as sophomore Terrell Tatum launched the first home run of his NC State career in the second inning.
– Following an infield single from Tyler McDonough and a two-out walk from Vojtech Mensik, Tatum crushed a 2-2 fastball over the right field wall to put the Wolfpack on top, 3-0.
– Evan Edwards added to the Pack’s lead in the third with a solo homer, his team-leading fourth of the season to make it 4-0.
– Campbell looked to mount a two-out rally in the bottom of the third, as the Camels pushed across a run on a double down the right field line by Luis Gimenez.
– NC State then made a call to its bullpen to bring in sophomore Evan Justice, who induced a flyout to Tatum in right field with runners on second and third to end the threat.
– Brad Debo drove in the fifth run of the game for the Wolfpack with a sacrifice fly to left field after a pair of walks and a single from McDonough to load the bases.
– The Wolfpack took advantage of two Campbell errors to plate three unearned runs in the seventh to extend the lead to 8-1.
– A pair of RBI singles from McDonough and Debo stretched the NC State advantage to 10-1.

On Deck
NC State will return to action this weekend to host the Minnesota Golden Gophers following the five-game road stretch. First pitch of Friday’s game is set for 3 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park and the matchup will be broadcast live on the ACC Network Extra.

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1st Baseman Garrett Pennington Has Broken Into NC State’s Record Books

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Last night, Senior 1st Baseman Garrett Pennington hit 3 Doubles, giving him 23 Doubles on the season, which ranks 8th in NC State history for Doubles in a single season.

1. 31 – Brian Ward, 1998
2. 27 – Matt Postell, 1999
3. 26 – Brian Wright, 2002
4. 25 – Chris Diaz, 2012
4. 25 – Scott Snead, 1991
6. 24 – David Hicks, 2002
6. 24 – Tim Tracey, 1994
8. 24 – Garrett Pennington, 2024
8. 23 – Dallas Poulk, 2010
8. 23 – Jake Weber 1997
8. 23 – Paul Borawski 1991

The Wolfpack hit it big in the Transfer Portal this past offseason, with two of them breaking NC State records. Pennington broke into the Top-10 in Doubles, and Senior 3rd Baseman Alec Makarewicz broke into the Top-10 in Home Runs.

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NC State Crushes Virginia Tech 19-9 in Their Opening Game of 2024 ACC Tournament

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#3 seed NC State’s bats were simmering in their opening game of the 2024 ACC Tournament, defeating #10 seed Virginia Tech 19-9, with the game ending at the end of the 8th inning due to a mercy rule. The 19 runs are the most runs scored this season by the Pack, and the most in school history in the ACC Tournament.

Freshman Ryan Marohn, the Pack’s regular midweek starter, got the nod, and he was excellent, giving up 1 earned run in 4 innings pitched, striking out 4. With Marohn pitching in the first game, NC State will be able to roll out their starting 3 all the way to the Championship game if need be. Also, Jaxon Lucas, P.J. Labriola and Hollis Fanning came out of the bullpen, preserving the arms of the Wolfpack’s primary relief arms.

NC State recorded 20 hits in the contest, and also walked 9 times. Senior 3rd Team All-ACC 1st Baseman Garrett Pennington and Senior 2nd Team All-ACC 3rd Baseman Alec Makerwicz both finished with 4 hits in the contest. Pennington was 4 for 5 with 4 Runs and 2 RBI’s, with an absurd 3 Doubles. A-Mak was 4 for 4 with 4 Runs and 4 RBI’s, as well as a Double and 2 Walks.

Junior Shortstop Brandon Butterworth and Sophomore Center Fielder Eli Serrano III both had 3 hits in the contest. Butterworth was 3 for 5, with 2 Runs and 2 RBI’s, hitting a Home Run in the Top of the 8th. Serrano III was 3 for 5 with 2 RBI’s and 4 Runs, hitting a Home Run as well.

Freshman Alex Sosa led the squad with 5 RBI’s, going 2 for 4, with a Home Run, 2 Walks and 2 Runs.

Junior 1st Team All-ACC Catcher Jacob Cozart was 2 for 5 with 2 RBI’s, 1 Run and 1 Walk.

NC State will play #6 seed Duke tomorrow night at 7pm on ACC Network. Technically, the Wolfpack could have lost this evening, and still advanced to the semifinals. After the Blue Devils defeated the Hokies 11-8 in their first game last night, all the Wolfpack need to do to advance to the semifinals is defeat Duke tomorrow night.

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NC State Picks Up the Most Votes in D1Baseball’s Staff Poll to Win the 2024 ACC Tournament

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D1Baseball’s staff each individually picked which team they thought would win each College Baseball Conference Tournament this week. Of the 11 staff polled, 4 picked NC State to win the ACC Championship this upcoming Sunday, which was the most votes any team in the ACC received. UNC and UVA each picked up two votes. Wake Forest, Duke and Clemson each received a vote as well.

NC State is the #3 seed in the ACC Tournament, and they will play their first game tonight in pool play against #10 seed Virginia Tech at 7pm on ACC Network., who lost 8-11 to #6 seed Duke last night. The Wolfpack will then play the Blue Devils tomorrow night at 7pm on ACC Network. The team with the best record coming out of pool of three teams will advance to the semi finals on Saturday.

 

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The Wolfpack are looking to win their first ACC Championship since 1992, and their 5th overall.

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Baseball America Projects NC State to be a Regional Host in the 2024 NCAA Tournament, & a Top-10 Seed

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Yesterday D1Baseball released their 2024 NCAA Tournament Bracket Projections, and they projected NC State to be a Regional Host, as the #11 overall seed.

Baseball America released their projections today, and they also picked the Wolfpack to be a Regional Host, and the #9 overall seed.

They project the Wolfpack to be joined by San Diego, South Carolina and Fairfield.

Projected Regional Hosts

  1. Tennessee
  2. UNC
  3. Texas A&M
  4. Kentucky
  5. Arkansas
  6. Clemson
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Georgia
  9. NC State
  10. UVA
  11. FSU
  12. Oregon St.
  13. Indiana St.
  14. ECU
  15. Oklahoma St.
  16. UC Santa Barbara

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