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#5 NC State Routs Pitt to Clinch Series, Remain Unbeaten

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Headlined by a season-high 24 hits and 21 runs, the 5th-ranked NC State baseball team rolled past Pitt, 21-3, Saturday afternoon at Doak Field at Dail Park to clinch the series and remain unbeaten.

The Wolfpack moves to 14-0 on the year and 2-0 in ACC play, while the Panthers fall to 6-6 and 0-2 in conference action. NCSU is one of the nation’s four remaining unbeaten teams, joined by Arizona State, Florida State and Tennessee.

Junior Andrew Blake was stellar in relief, throwing 4.1 shutout innings with five strikeouts to earn his first win in an NC State uniform. Pitt’s starter Dan Hammer, who entered the game leading the ACC in strikeouts, was charged with the loss and falls to 2-1 on the year.

Game Notes

– NC State’s 21 runs in the contest are the most in a game since last year’s 21-4 victory against Campbell at home on March 3, 2018.

– The 21 runs are the most in an ACC game since April 18, 2010, when the Wolfpack defeated Maryland, 22-6.

– The Pack’s 21 runs are also the third most by an ACC team this season.

– NC State’s 24 hits are the most in a game since April 24, 2016 (25) against NC A&T and the most in a conference game since March 30, 2007 (24) against Boston College.

– NC State hit back-to-back, pinch-hit home runs in the game, as Luca Tresh and Thayer Thomas each hit solo home runs.

– It was the first time the Wolfpack has hit consecutive homers this season.

– The Wolfpack scored a season-high eight runs in the fourth inning.

– Each position player had at least one at-bat in the contest and all nine starters in the Wolfpack’s lineup tallied a hit.

Avent’s Additions

“I thought we played well, obviously,” said head coach Elliott Avent. “They got three runs in the first and had one of the ACC’s best pitchers taking the mound with a lead and our games came back and got a couple runs off him.

“Then we tied it up and then took control of the game after that. We did a great job on reading balls in the dirt when we were on the bases, we did a great job bunting and did a lot of good things. I thought [Andrew] Blake settled things down when he came in, shut them down and allowed us to have a chance to win.”

Quick Hits

– Pitt jumped on top with three runs in the top of the first, but from there it was all NC State as the Wolfpack scored 21 unanswered runs.

– Patrick Bailey tripled to in the third and scored the tying run on an RBI single from Brad Debo to knot the score at 3-3.

– Terrell Tatum started the fourth by legging out an infield single to second base and a pair of perfectly-place bunt singles followed from J.T. Jarrett and Jonny Butler to load the bases.

– Will Wilson singled to drive in a run and Evan Edwards doubled to left center, as NC State grabbed a 6-3 lead.

– Bailey stepped to the plate next and hit a two-RBI double off the wall in right field to extend the Pack’s advantage before scoring on an error by the Panthers.

– A balk call pushed across the seventh run of the inning and Tatum tallied his second hit of the frame to put NC State ahead, 11-3.

– In the fifth, Tyler McDonough drove in Bailey to make it 12-3, after he doubled earlier in the frame.

– Tresh and Thomas hit consecutive, pinch-hit homers in the seventh as the first round-tripper for both players.

– Doubles from Marek Chlup and Debo highlighted a seven-run eighth inning for the Wolfpack, as it pulled ahead, 21-3, which stood as the final tally.

On Deck

NC State and Pitt will wrap-up the series on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park.

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Nick Swiney’s Gem Ranks as 3rd Best Pitching Performance in 2020

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BaseballAmerica ranked the Top-25 pitching performances of the abbreviated 2020 College Baseball season, and NC State Junior Nick Swiney’s performance against Purdue back on February 29th ranked 3rd.

Swiney pitched 8 shutout innings (career high), gave up only 1 hit, and struck out 15. The 15 strikeouts were the most in a single game since Carlos Rodon in 2014 (15).

3. North Carolina State’s Nick Swiney vs. Purdue—Feb. 29

8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 15 K

The lefthander dominated the Boilermakers on just 98 pitches as part of a great month on the mound. In all four of his starts in 2020, Swiney threw at least six innings, and he struck out at least 11 batters in three of the four. (BA)

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NCAA Grants Spring Athletes an Additional Year of Eligibility

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The outbreak of Covid-19 resulted in Spring sports being cut short. As a result, the NCAA has officially voted to “allow schools to provide spring-sport student-athletes an additional season of competition and an extension of their period of eligibility.” (NCAA)

In a nutshell, here’s what this looks like:

  • Financial Aid rules will be adjusted for teams to have more players on scholarship, due to incoming Freshmen, and players that decide to stay.
    • School’s will have the ability to use the NCAA’s Student Assistance Fund to help pay for students who use the additional eligibility.
  • 5-year clock (4 seasons in a 5 year period) receives a 1-year extension.
  • Increased the roster limit in Baseball to accommodate.
  • While players are given another year of eligibility, they aren’t guaranteed a roster spot. They could have to use it at another school.

NC State Spring Sports

Baseball
Men’s & Women’s Golf
Men’s & Women’s Tennis
Softball
Outdoor Track & Field

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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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