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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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NC State Baseball: Projected NCAA Tournament Field UPDATE (5/26/19)

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Before #14 NC State lost to #8 Georgia Tech yesterday in the ACC Tournament Semifinals, and before UNC advanced to the championship game, defeating Boston College, both D1Baseball and Baseball America projected the Wolfpack would be a regional host.

But both of those things did happen, causing D1Baseball to bump NC State to a #2 seed in ECU’s (#10 seed) regional.

Baseball America still projects the Wolfpack as a regional host, as the #15 seed, accompanied by Ole Miss, Campbell and Jacksonville State.

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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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