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.
– 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.
“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.”
– 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.
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.
Photo Credit: @NCStateBaseball
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.
NC State’s 2023 Baseball Schedule is Here!
The NC State 2023 Baseball schedule is officially out!
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