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#5 NC State Wins Wild, Extra-Inning Thriller to Match Program’s Best Start

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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.

Quick Hits

– 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.

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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.

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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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