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#10 NC State Sweeps Doubleheader to Clinch Series Against Minnesota

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The 10th-ranked NC State baseball team swept a doubleheader against Minnesota Saturday afternoon at Doak Field at Dail Park to earn its 14th consecutive non-conference series win. The Wolfpack recorded a 3-2 win in game one and tallied an 8-4 victory in the second game.

NC State moves to 10-0 on the year and has not lost a non-conference three-game series since 2011, a span of 14 consecutive series wins. Minnesota, the Big Ten Conference preseason favorite, has played a very challenging schedule this season and falls to 2-7.

The Pack is off to its best start since 2004 when NCSU started the season 11-0. NC State is one of just six unbeaten teams in the NCAA.

Avent’s Additions

“I thought we played really well,” said head coach Elliott Avent. “Playing a doubleheader is difficult for both teams, especially this early in the year in this weather. I thought our guys did an unbelievable job.

“We beat one heckuva ballclub today. That’s a team that will compete for the Big Ten Championship. They made every play, battled and they’re coached by one of the most respected guys in our game, John Anderson. He’s done it for a long time and does it right and he has an outstanding team.”

Game One Quick Hits

– Following three scoreless innings, NC State struck first in the contest with three runs in the bottom of the fourth.

– Vojtech Mensik led off with an infield single and stole second to get into scoring position.

– Brad Debo followed with a double to left field to plate the game’s first run, as Mensik scored from second.

– J.T. Jarrett traded places with him, doubling off the wall in left field to bring in Debo and make it 2-0.

 – Wolfpack leadoff man Jonny Butler singled up the middle to push the NC State advantage to 3-0, scoring Jarrett on the play.

– Minnesota got a run back in the sixth thanks to an RBI double by Jack Wassel, but Kent Klyman entered the game to pitch for the Pack and helped get the squad out of the inning.

– A solo homer from Cole McDevitt trimmed the Wolfpack lead to one, 3-2, in the top of the seventh.

– The Golden Gophers looked to rally in the eighth, as they loaded the bases with one out, but Dalton Feeney got a ground ball to Will Wilson at shortstop and he started the inning-ending double play to escape the jam.

Inside the Box Score

– Junior Jason Parker started on the mound for the Pack and threw 5.1 innings to earn his second win of the year. He struck out four batters and only walked one.

– Feeney nailed down his second save of the season, throwing 2.1 shutout innings with a pair of strikeouts.

– Debo led the Wolfpack at the plate with a 2-for-3 outing, highlighted by an RBI and a run.

– Devonte Brown, Butler, Evan Edwards, Jarrett and Mensik each had one hit.

Game Two Quick Hits

– The Gophers scored in their first at-bat of game two to take an early 1-0 lead on an RBI double from McDevitt.

– NC State countered with a big inning in the bottom half of the first and never trailed again en route to the victory to clinch the series.

– Butler got things started with a leadoff single before walks to Edwards and Patrick Bailey loaded the bases.

– Freshman Tyler McDonough drove in a pair of runs on a single to center field, scoring Butler and Edwards.

– A single from Terrell Tatum loaded the bases once again before Mensik stepped to the plate and clubbed a grand slam on his first career home run.

– The freshman from the Czech Republic drove the 3-2 fastball over the left field wall to put the Pack on top, 6-1, and chase Minnesota starting pitcher Sam Thoresen after just a third of an inning.

– McDevitt hit a solo homer in the top of the fourth, but NC State’s Debo matched him with a solo shot in the bottom of the frame to give the Wolfpack a five-run advantage again at 7-2.

– A sacrifice fly from Mensik in the eighth gave the freshman a career-high five RBI in the game, as McDonough scored to push the lead to 8-2.

– Minnesota got a few runs back in the ninth, but Andrew Blake rebounded to strike out the next batter to end the game.

Inside the Box Score

– Seven of the nine starters in NC State’s lineup recorded at least one hit.

– McDonough led the way with two hits in the contest to go along with two RBI and two runs.

– Bailey, Butler, Edwards and McDonough have all reached base safely in every game this season.

– Butler, Debo and Edwards each own five-game hitting streaks.

– Canaan Silver started game two for the Wolfpack and threw six innings to earn his first win in an NC State uniform. He struck out four batters and yielded three hits, two earned runs.

On Deck

NC State and Minnesota will wrap up the series on Sunday morning. First pitch has been moved up to an 11 a.m. start in an effort to try and avoid inclement weather later in the day.

(Photo Credit: @NCStateBaseball)

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NC State Outfielder Chase Nixon is Entering the Transfer Portal

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NC State Junior Outfielder Chase Nixon is entering the Transfer Portal.

Nixon played in 39 games (out of 61), starting in 29. He hit .255 with 14 RBI’s and 11 Runs. Nixon’s OBP was .402.

Heading into the 2024 season, Nixon had a chance to battle for a starting spot, after starting in 18 of the 32 games he played in as a Sophomore. In 2023, Nixon hit .319, with an OBP of .402, and an OPS of .916. The way things panned out, Josh Hogue, Eli Serrano III & Noah Soles nabbed the starting jobs. Even when Hogue went down, Chase’s younger brother Luke was moved from the infield to the outfield.

Unfortunately, the Nixon boys won’t be on the same team for a second year.

Best of luck to Chase as he finds a home for his final year of eligibility.

He’s the 6th NC State player to enter the Transfer Portal

OF Chase Nixon

P Win Scott

P Chance Mako

SS Robert Nedry

P Garrett Payne

P Christopher Zupito

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Baseball America Includes NC State’s Alec Makarewicz & Jacob Cozart on 2024 All-American Teams

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Baseball America released their 2024 All-American teams this morning, and two NC State players were represented. Senior 3rd Baseman Alec Makarewicz was named to the 2nd Team, and Junior Catcher Jacob Cozart was named to the Third Team.

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NC State Pitcher Win Scott Enters the Transfer Portal

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NC State Junior Pitcher Win Scott has entered the Transfer Portal.

Scott made 8 appearances in relief this season, recording an 0-1 record with an ERA of 9.00. He struck out 10 batters in 10 innings, and walked 8. That was a step backwards from last year when Scott had a 3.38 ERA in 7 appearances.

Career Stats
2024: 9.00 ERA, 10 K’s, 8 BB’s (10 innings)
2023: 3.38 ERA, 7 K’s, 3 BB’s (5.1 innings)
2022: 6.75 ERA, 7 K’s, 4 BB’s (5.1 innings)

Scott has 1 year of eligibility remaining.

He’s the 5th NC State player to enter the Transfer Portal

P Win Scott

P Chance Mako

SS Robert Nedry

P Garrett Payne

P Christopher Zupito

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Three Pitchers will Represent NC State at the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Training Camp

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CARY, N.C. – NC State baseball underclassmen Cooper Consiglio, Jacob Dudan and Derrick Smith have all been invited to the 2024 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Training Camp.

The Wolfpack trio are three of just 56 premier non-draft eligible college players invited to this summer’s National Team Training Camp.

The training camp will feature a two-game Stars vs. Stripes intrasquad series at the National Training Complex in Cary from June 26-27. Both games are set to start at 6 p.m. The 28-man rosters for the 2024 Collegiate National Team International Friendship Series and Summer League Tour will be named on June 29 following the conclusion of training camp.

Consiglio, a freshman southpaw from Palm Harbor, Florida, made 15 total appearances with five starts in his first season with the Pack. Consiglio sported a 5-4 record with 38 strikeouts over 41.2 innings pitched, ranking first among a talented group of Wolfpack freshman pitchers with five pitching victories.

The left-hander dominated opposing batters over his final three regular season outings, posting a 3-0 record with pitching victories at No. 7 Florida State, No. 10 Virginia and at home against No. 8 Wake Forest. Over his final three regular season relief appearances, Consiglio tossed 12.1 innings while allowing only two runs (one earned). The left-hander struck out 15 batters while allowing only four hits and four walks over those three appearances, tossing a career-high seven strikeouts in the win over Wake Forest on May 16.

Dudan, an ACC All-Freshman Team honoree, ranked first on the team with 27 pitching appearances, sporting a 4-2 record with 56 strikeouts over 48.0 innings pitched. Dudan’s six saves ranked second on the team, nailing down half of those saves against ACC opponents. He also limited opposing batters to just a .218 batting average against him.

Dudan’s six saves, 48.0 innings pitched and 56 strikeouts led all Wolfpack freshman pitchers this season. The right-hander made four appearances in the 2024 NCAA Tournament, nailing down a save and pitching a total of 7.2 innings with 13 strikeouts.

Smith, a sophomore right-hander from White Bear Lake, Minnesota, emerged as the Pack’s closer in 2024. The right-hander led the Pack with eight saves, notching three of those eight stops in the NCAA Tournament. Smith sported a 2.45 ERA over 7.1 innings pitched in the NCAA Tournament, limiting opposing batters to a .130 batting average against him with eight strikeouts.

Smith also finished his sophomore campaign with a 3-2 record and 41 strikeouts over 29.2 innings pitched in 24 pitching appearances. Smith’s 24 pitching appearances trailed only Dudan in 2024. He also limited opposing batters to a .181 batting average.

Jacob Cozart and Dominic Fritton represented NC State at the National Team Training Camp this past summer. The full list of Wolfpack student-athletes who have made the final Collegiate National Team roster since 1980 is listed below.

2021: Sam Highfill, Chris Villaman
2019: Patrick Bailey
2018: Patrick Bailey, Will Wilson
2015: Tommy DeJuneas
2013: Carlos Rodon, Trea Turner
2012: Carlos Rodon, Trea Turner
2007: Eric Surkamp
2006: Andrew Brackman
2004: Joey Devine
1995: Tom Sergio
1993: Andy Barkett, Pat Clougherty, Terry Harvey
1980: Joe Plesac

For more information, please visit the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team homepage linked here.

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