DURHAM, N.C. – In one of the wildest college baseball finishes, the 5th-ranked NC State baseball team overcame an early seven-run deficit to earn an 11-10 victory in extra innings against NC Central, Wednesday afternoon at the Historic Durham Athletic Park.
With the win, NC State matches the best to a season in program history at 12-0, achieved by the 1992 squad.
The Eagles jumped out to a 4-0 lead and later extended it to 8-1, but the Wolfpack continued to fight and showed a ton of poise despite trailing. A three-run eighth inning knotted the game at eight before NC State scored two runs in the top of the ninth to pull ahead, 10-8.
The first three batters reached for NC Central (5-8) in the bottom of the ninth and two of them scored, but the winning run was thrown out at the plate. Right fielder Devonte Brown made a strong throw to catcher Brad Debo, who received the throw on the right side of the plate and dove across the plate to make the tag on a game-saving play.
Patrick Bailey led off the 10th with a solo home run to right field and that proved to be the difference, as the Wolfpack held on for its third extra-inning win in as many chances. The sophomore catcher also hit the go-ahead, game-winning homer at Coastal Carolina.
– NC State scored seven unanswered runs to rally from the 8-1 deficit and knot the score at 8-8 in the top of the eighth.
– The Wolfpack chipped away at the NC Central lead with a pair of runs in the sixth, seventh and three in the eighth.
– A two-RBI double to left center by David Vazquez sparked the club and RBI from Debo and Brown helped cut the margin to three at 8-5 in the seventh.
– Jonny Butler walked to start the seventh and scored on a double from Will Wilson, as the sophomore hustled around to score from first base.
– A single from Evan Edwards plated Wilson and he scored on a sacrifice fly from Tyler McDonough to level the tally at eight apiece.
– Wilson doubled again in the ninth, this time bringing in a pair of runs as he tied for the game-high with four RBI to give NC State a 10-8 lead.
– After the Eagles knotted the game in the bottom half and nearly won the game, Bailey hit his second round-tripper of the season to start the 10th.
– Kent Klyman pitched around a two-out single in the bottom of the inning to nail down his fourth win, which is tied for the ACC lead.
Inside the Box Score
– Wilson led the Pack at the plate with a 4-for-6 performance, the sixth time in his career he’s tallied a four-hit game and first of the year.
– Edwards, McDonough and Vazquez each had a pair of hits in a 14-hit outing for NC State, which ties as the season-high.
– Debo and Edwards each extended their hitting streaks to seven games, while Bailey, Butler, Edwards and McDonough have all reached base safely in every game this season.
– Seven pitchers took the mound for the Wolfpack and struck out a season-high 15 batters.
NC State will return to action this weekend when it opens ACC play at home against Pittsburgh. Friday’s game is set for 3 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park.
NC State Picked 3rd in the Atlantic in the 2023 ACC Baseball Preseason Poll
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.
The Doak is getting its renovation…and NC State fans aren’t exactly loving it
I was just about to write a piece about the Doak renovation going down.
— NC State Athletics (@PackAthletics) January 25, 2023
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…
— Allen (@BigalnRaleigh) January 19, 2023
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.
— Mississippi State Baseball (@HailStateBB) February 15, 2019
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?
School with a grey field and school with a glow in the dark basketball court meet on blue turf. Winning coach gets dumped with French fries. College athletics at its absolute best. https://t.co/crEKoeLKbX pic.twitter.com/Bpeod50Sy4
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 4, 2022
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) November 10, 2021
The worst basketball court in the history of the sport. Thanks a lot, Oregon. pic.twitter.com/842T5CYmIc
— Craig Miller (@junior_miller) January 30, 2022
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.
NC State Baseball is Ranked 21st in D1Baseball’s 2023 Preseason Poll
D1Baseball released their 2023 College Baseball Preseason Poll this week, and NC State is sitting at #21.
ACC Teams in the Preseason Top 25
6. Wake Forest
14. Virginia Tech
21. NC State
The Wolfpack will kick off their 2023 season with a 3-game series at home against Wagner on February 17th.
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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