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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.
Photo Credit: @NCStateBaseball

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NC State Picked 3rd in the Atlantic in the 2023 ACC Baseball Preseason Poll

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The 2023 ACC Preseason Poll was released yesterday, and NC State is projected to finish 3rd in the Atlantic.

NC State finished 5th in the Atlantic Division in 2022, with a 14-15 record in Conference play.

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The Doak is getting its renovation…and NC State fans aren’t exactly loving it

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I was just about to write a piece about the Doak renovation going down.

But while I was over on Twitter, I saw a ton of comments on it, all of them NC State fans, and almost all of them critical of the new look.


Look, I don’t know what’s going on here. Maybe it’ll look a lot better once it’s done, or maybe the grass will match up a lot better when it greens up. But right now, it’s a little jarring. Here is how it used to look…

And here is how it’s looking right now…

Again, I’m going to wait until it’s really done before I cast judgement, but I think the official tweet from the school marketing it and drawing attention to it, has people thinking it’s in it’s final form. And maybe it is. But I hope it’s not.

I remember this being shared a while back…

This shows grass in foul territory and dirt in the 1st/3rd baselines. So I’m not sure when this turf thing came along. And while we’re on the subject, aren’t we a turf management school? Shouldn’t we be turning up our noses at artificial turf?

Apparently, this is a thing now, where foul territories are artificial turf and fair territory is grass. Here is Mississippi State’s baseball field doing the same thing.

Can’t say I like it there either, honestly. It just seems like one of those fads. Remember when everyone was going crazy with field/court colors?

Did anyone ever really like those? Do people like them now? Have they ever gotten a recruit to come to the school? Have they ever scared a recruit away?

I don’t know. You tell me. I’ll hold final judgment, but things NC State fans don’t seem like they’re going to follow along.

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NC State Baseball is Ranked 21st in D1Baseball’s 2023 Preseason Poll

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D1Baseball released their 2023 College Baseball Preseason Poll this week, and NC State is sitting at #21.

(NCAA)

ACC Teams in the Preseason Top 25

6. Wake Forest

12. UNC

14. Virginia Tech

16. Louisville

19. Virginia

21. NC State

22. Miami

The Wolfpack will kick off their 2023 season with a 3-game series at home against Wagner on February 17th.

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NC State’s 2023 Baseball Schedule is Here!

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The NC State 2023 Baseball schedule is officially out!

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The Wolfpack finished the 2022 season with a 36-21 record, with a 14-15 record in ACC play, finishing 5th in the conference. NC State made it to the finals of the ACC Championship, and was criminally snubbed from appearing in the NCAA Tournament

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