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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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Duke Defeats NC State 8-1, Knocking the Wolfpack out of the 2024 ACC Tournament

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#3 seed NC State fell to Duke this evening 8-1, and as a result, the Wolfpack have been knocked out of the 2024 ACC Baseball Tournament. NC State entered the conference tournament as one of the hottest teams in the country, but they simply couldn’t muster any offense this evening.

Sam Highfill was flawless through the first 4 innings, but the Senior gave up 2 Home Runs in the 5th, with one of them being a Grand Slam.

The Blue Devils pitching staff shut down a Wolfpack offense that scored 19 runs last night against Virginia Tech, holding NC State to 1 run on 5 hits. Junior Catcher Jacob Cozart provided the Wolfpack with their only RBI of the evening.

Unfortunately, despite a ton of momentum, NC State is still left wanting, failing to win an ACC Championship since 1992.

 

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1st Baseman Garrett Pennington Has Broken Into NC State’s Record Books

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Last night, Senior 1st Baseman Garrett Pennington hit 3 Doubles, giving him 23 Doubles on the season, which ranks 8th in NC State history for Doubles in a single season.

1. 31 – Brian Ward, 1998
2. 27 – Matt Postell, 1999
3. 26 – Brian Wright, 2002
4. 25 – Chris Diaz, 2012
4. 25 – Scott Snead, 1991
6. 24 – David Hicks, 2002
6. 24 – Tim Tracey, 1994
8. 24 – Garrett Pennington, 2024
8. 23 – Dallas Poulk, 2010
8. 23 – Jake Weber 1997
8. 23 – Paul Borawski 1991

The Wolfpack hit it big in the Transfer Portal this past offseason, with two of them breaking NC State records. Pennington broke into the Top-10 in Doubles, and Senior 3rd Baseman Alec Makarewicz broke into the Top-10 in Home Runs.

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NC State Crushes Virginia Tech 19-9 in Their Opening Game of 2024 ACC Tournament

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#3 seed NC State’s bats were simmering in their opening game of the 2024 ACC Tournament, defeating #10 seed Virginia Tech 19-9, with the game ending at the end of the 8th inning due to a mercy rule. The 19 runs are the most runs scored this season by the Pack, and the most in school history in the ACC Tournament.

Freshman Ryan Marohn, the Pack’s regular midweek starter, got the nod, and he was excellent, giving up 1 earned run in 4 innings pitched, striking out 4. With Marohn pitching in the first game, NC State will be able to roll out their starting 3 all the way to the Championship game if need be. Also, Jaxon Lucas, P.J. Labriola and Hollis Fanning came out of the bullpen, preserving the arms of the Wolfpack’s primary relief arms.

NC State recorded 20 hits in the contest, and also walked 9 times. Senior 3rd Team All-ACC 1st Baseman Garrett Pennington and Senior 2nd Team All-ACC 3rd Baseman Alec Makerwicz both finished with 4 hits in the contest. Pennington was 4 for 5 with 4 Runs and 2 RBI’s, with an absurd 3 Doubles. A-Mak was 4 for 4 with 4 Runs and 4 RBI’s, as well as a Double and 2 Walks.

Junior Shortstop Brandon Butterworth and Sophomore Center Fielder Eli Serrano III both had 3 hits in the contest. Butterworth was 3 for 5, with 2 Runs and 2 RBI’s, hitting a Home Run in the Top of the 8th. Serrano III was 3 for 5 with 2 RBI’s and 4 Runs, hitting a Home Run as well.

Freshman Alex Sosa led the squad with 5 RBI’s, going 2 for 4, with a Home Run, 2 Walks and 2 Runs.

Junior 1st Team All-ACC Catcher Jacob Cozart was 2 for 5 with 2 RBI’s, 1 Run and 1 Walk.

NC State will play #6 seed Duke tomorrow night at 7pm on ACC Network. Technically, the Wolfpack could have lost this evening, and still advanced to the semifinals. After the Blue Devils defeated the Hokies 11-8 in their first game last night, all the Wolfpack need to do to advance to the semifinals is defeat Duke tomorrow night.

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NC State Picks Up the Most Votes in D1Baseball’s Staff Poll to Win the 2024 ACC Tournament

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D1Baseball’s staff each individually picked which team they thought would win each College Baseball Conference Tournament this week. Of the 11 staff polled, 4 picked NC State to win the ACC Championship this upcoming Sunday, which was the most votes any team in the ACC received. UNC and UVA each picked up two votes. Wake Forest, Duke and Clemson each received a vote as well.

NC State is the #3 seed in the ACC Tournament, and they will play their first game tonight in pool play against #10 seed Virginia Tech at 7pm on ACC Network., who lost 8-11 to #6 seed Duke last night. The Wolfpack will then play the Blue Devils tomorrow night at 7pm on ACC Network. The team with the best record coming out of pool of three teams will advance to the semi finals on Saturday.

 

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The Wolfpack are looking to win their first ACC Championship since 1992, and their 5th overall.

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