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

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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

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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

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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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