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#10 NC State Sweeps Minnesota with Walkoff

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The 10th-ranked NC State baseball team rallied to earn a 5-4 walkoff win against the Minnesota Golden Gophers Sunday afternoon at Doak Field at Dail Park to complete the series sweep.

With the go-ahead run on second base, Brad Debo ripped a line drive past a diving Minnesota first baseman and Evan Edwards raced around to score from second to give NC State its second walkoff win of the season.

NC State trailed 4-2 heading to the bottom of the ninth but scored three runs in the frame to remain unbeaten at 11-0, matching the best start for the program since 2004.

Avent’s Additions
“Once again, I want to say what a great team Minnesota is,” said head coach Elliott Avent. “We understand who we were playing and that’s going to be one of the better teams we play all year. I think they’re going to have a great year.

“We played very, very well especially after getting behind 4-0. That ninth inning says it all, this team really battles and I’m really proud of that.”

Quick Hits
– Minnesota (2-8) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the contest, but NC State didn’t go away and continued to battle.
– Edwards singled to start the sixth and scored the Wolfpack’s first run on a single by Patrick Bailey.
– Bailey later scored on an RBI groundout from Terrell Tatum, as NC State trimmed the margin to 4-2.
– Both teams were held scoreless in the seventh and eighth innings, forcing the Wolfpack to win it in the bottom of the ninth.
Lawson McArthur and Jonny Butler each battled to draw a walk to start the frame and advanced to third and second, respectively, on a wild pitch.
– A sacrifice fly from Will Wilson scored McArthur before Edwards delivered a clutch double down the right field line to plate Butler and knot the game at four.
– With two outs in the inning, Debo came up big for the Wolfpack with the game-winning hit to lift the Wolfpack to its second walkoff win of the season.

Inside the Box Score
– Edwards led the Wolfpack with his second career four-hit performance, as he was 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI.
– Debo and Tyler McDonough were both 2-for-5 with the former adding an RBI.
– Bailey, Vojtech Mensik and Tatum each had one hit in the contest.
– Bailey, Butler, Edwards and McDonough have all reached base safely in every game this season.
– Debo and Edwards extended their hitting streaks to six games.

On the Mound
Reid Johnston made his first start of the season and pitched four innings before turning it over to the bullpen.
– The Wolfpack’s bullpen threw 5.0 innings, allowing just three hits and one earned run.
Evan Justice went two innings and struck out a batter, prior to Nolan Clenney throwing two hitless innings with three strikeouts.
Nick Swiney struck out both batters he faced, and Michael Bienlien finished the game on the mound to pick up his first win of the season.

On Deck
NC State returns to action Wednesday evening when the squad travels to NC Central. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at the Historic Durham Athletic Park.
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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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