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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.

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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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