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#5 NC State Beats Pitt 4-3 in ACC Opener, Sets New School Record for Best Start to a Season

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Thanks to a 4-3 win in its ACC opener against Pitt Friday afternoon at Doak Field at Dail Park, the 5th-ranked NC State baseball team is off to its best start in program history with a record of 13-0.

The Wolfpack’s win eclipses the previous best start for the program at 12-0, achieved by the 1992 squad.

NC State is one of the nation’s four remaining unbeaten teams and is the first team in the ACC to reach 13 wins this season. Pitt falls to 6-5 on the year and 0-1 in ACC play.

Avent’s Additions

“I thought we played very, very well because Pitt obviously played very well,” said head coach Elliott Avent. “Getting the early run was big, but they came back with two runs in the sixth and then added that run in the seventh.

“Once again, it shows you how resilient our ballclub is. We trailed 8-1 on Wednesday and down 3-1 today, this team continues to find ways. It doesn’t matter who it is.”

Quick Hits

– NC State struck first for the eighth time this season, as the Wolfpack pushed across a run in the bottom of the first.

– Will Wilson ripped a single through the left side and scored later in the inning on a fielder’s choice from Tyler McDonough.

– Pitt plated a pair of runs in the sixth to grab a 2-1 lead following an RBI single from Nico Popa and an RBI triple from Kyle Hess.

– A wild pitch tacked on another run for the Panthers in the seventh, but the Wolfpack responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame.

– Lawson McArthur sparked the rally with a pinch-hit leadoff double to right field, before Luca Tresh battled to draw a walk in a pinch-hit role.

– Following a hit-by-pitch to load the bases, Evan Edwards grounded into a fielder’s choice but an errant throw to second attempting to get the runner allowed two runs to score for the Pack.

– Patrick Bailey followed with a fielder’s choice to second base to drive in Jonny Butler from third to give NC State a 4-3 advantage.

– Michael Bienlien worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning with a pair of looking strikeouts to earn his second win and Kent Klyman shut the door in the ninth to secure his first save.

Inside the Box Score

– Brad Debo extended his hitting streak to eight games with a double in the sixth.

– Bailey, Butler and Edwards all reached base safely in the contest and have done so in every game this season.

– McArthur paced the Pack at the plate, as he tallied a pair of doubles off the bench and also scored a run.

– Bailey, Debo and Wilson had one hit apiece.

– NC State did not commit an error defensively for the ninth time this season, as the squad is second in the ACC in fielding percentage.

– Jason Parker started on the mound for the Wolfpack and threw five shutout innings and departed with a 1-0 lead. He struck out four batters and only allowed a pair of singles.

On Deck

NC State and Pitt will return to the field for game two of the series. First pitch has been moved up to 1 p.m. in an effort to avoid the likelihood of inclement weather later in the day.

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NC State Catcher Patrick Bailey Named Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball

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Collegiate Baseball released their 2020 College Baseball Preseason All-American teams yesterday, and NC State Junior Catcher Patrick Bailey was named to the 2nd Team.

FIRST TEAM
LHP Reid Detmers, Louisville
RHP Kumar Rocker, Vanderbilt
RHP Mason Hickman, Vanderbilt
RHP Jeff Criswell, Michigan
LHP Asa Lacy, Texas A&M
Relief Holden Powell, UCLA
C Adrian Del Castillo, Miami (Fla.)
1B Tristan Peterson, New Mexico St.
1B Spencer Torkelson, Arizona St.
2B Nick Gonzales, New Mexico St.
3B Alex Binelas, Louisville
SS Austin Martin, Vanderbilt
OF Heston Kjerstad, Arkansas
OF Ethan Wilson, South Alabama
OF Chris Lanzilli, Wake Forest
DH Aaron Sabato, North Carolina
UT Alec Burleson, East Carolina

SECOND TEAM
RHP Emerson Hancock, Georgia
RHP JT Ginn, Mississippi St.
RHP Brian Van Belle, Miami (Fla.)
RHP Trenton Denholm, U.C. Irvine
LHP Jake Mulholland, Oregon St.
RHP Collin Liberatore, Indiana St.
RHP Tanner Burns, Auburn
LHP Doug Nikhazy, Mississippi
LHP Hayes Heinecke, Wofford
RHP Drake Nightengale, South Alabama
LHP Seth Lonsway, Ohio St.
RHP CJ Van Eyk, Florida St.
Relief Tyler Brown, Vanderbilt
Relief Alek Jacob, Gonzaga
Relief Nick Frasso, Loyola Marymount
Relief Garrett Acton, Illinois
Relief Brett Barnett, South Dakota St.
C Patrick Bailey, N.C. State
C Austin Wells, Arizona
C Griffin Lockwood-Powell, Central Michigan
1B Bobby Seymour, Wake Forest
1B Alex Toral, Miami (Fla.)
2B Justin Foscue, Mississippi St.
2B Brian Klein, Texas Tech
3B Anthony Giachin, Army
SS Casey Martin, Arkansas
OF Garrett Mitchell, UCLA
OF Hudson Haskin, Tulane
OF Tanner Allen, Mississippi St.
UT Casey Schmitt, San Diego St.

THIRD TEAM
RHP John Baker, Ball St.
RHP Cameron Brown, Central Michigan
RHP Zach Hester, Samford
RHP Kade Mechals, Grand Canyon
RHP Chance Hroch, New Mexico St.
LHP Jared Wetherbee, Elon
LHP Rodney Boone, U.C. Santa Barbara
Relief Willie Weiss, Michigan
Relief Jason Ruffcorn, Oklahoma
Relief Michael McGreevy, U.C. Santa Barbara
Relief Joe Kruszka, Albany
Relief Michael Kirian, Louisville
Relief Grant Leonard, Iowa
C Hunter Goodman, Memphis
C Alex Webb, Jacksonville St.
1B Liam Hibbits, Va. Commonwealth
1B Maxwell Costes, Maryland
1B Sonny DiChiara, Samford
1B Trevin Esquerra, Loyola Marymount
1B Cuba Bess, Grand Canyon
2B Cody Morissette, Boston College
2B Landon Stephens, Miami (Ohio)
2B Nate Fisbeck, McNeese St.
3B Tyler Keenan, Mississippi
3B Raymond Gil, Miami (Fla.)
SS Zavier Warren, Central Michigan
SS Jordan Westburg, Mississippi St.
SS Nick Loftin, Baylor
SS Tyler Wilber, S.E. Missouri St.
OF Daniel Cabrera, LSU
OF Jordan Nwogu, Michigan
OF Colton Cowser, Sam Houston St.
OF Mike Antico, St. John’s
UT Max Meyer, Minnesota (CB)

At the end of his Sophomore year, he earned 3rd Team All-American honors by Collegiate Baseball, and Freshman All-American honors the year before.

Last year, Bailey hit .288,  with 68 hits, 17 doubles, 10 home runs and a .513 slugging percentage. Behind the plate, he committed just 5 errors in 476 chances for a .989 fielding percentage, throwing out 33 percent of the base runners attempting to steal.

Currently, MLB.com ranks Bailey as the #21 2020 MLB Draft prospect.

Also, congratulations are in order, because Bailey got engaged yesterday.

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NC State Baseball Ranks 16th in Collegiate Baseball’s 2020 Preseason Poll

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Collegiate Baseball released their 2020 Preseason Poll, and NC State sits at #16.

The Wolfpack finished ranked 21st in the final Collegiate Baseball poll in 2019.

ACC Teams in the 2020 Preseason Collegiate Baseball Poll

1) Louisville
4) Miami
13) UNC
15) FSU
16) NC State
17) Wake Forest

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NC State Releases 2020 Baseball Schedule

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The NC State 2020 Baseball schedule was released today.

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The schedule features 23 games against 2019 NCAA Tournament opponents, including three-game series at Florida State and Louisville, who both advanced to the College World Series last season. The Wolfpack’s slate additionally features 13 opponents and a combined 31 games against teams that finished the 2019 season among the top 100 of the NCAA RPI.

NC State’s nonconference schedule is highlighted by games against Iowa, Minnesota and Purdue Feb. 28-March 1 at the US Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings. The weekend in Minneapolis is a part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Pack will also play a pair of games at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, N.C., home of the Charlotte Knights, AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, against Charlotte and South Carolina March 18 and 24, respectively. (GoPack)

NC State finished the 2019 season with a 42-19 record, and a 18-12 conference record. They finished the regular season ranked 13th nationally, and 3rd in the ACC.

The Wolfpack finished the year ranked 21st in the final Collegiate Baseball Rankings.

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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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