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#5 NC State Continues Historic Start, Sweeps Pitt to Open ACC Play

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The 5th-ranked NC State baseball team continued its historic start to the season by completing the sweep of the Pittsburgh Panthers with a 6-5 win Sunday afternoon at Doak Field at Dail Park.

The Wolfpack moves to 15-0 on the year, 3-0 in ACC play, and is one of two remaining unbeaten teams in NCAA Division I Baseball, along with Arizona State. NC State also recorded its third sweep of Pitt (6-7, 0-3 ACC) in as many tries, as the Wolfpack has never lost to the Panthers in an ACC game (9-0).

Off to its best start to a season in program history, the Pack’s 15-game winning streak is the longest since 2013, when NC State also won 15 consecutive games.

NC State is 7-0 on the year in one-run games.

Quick Hits
– NC State struck first in the contest, as the Wolfpack pushed across a pair of runs in its first at-bat to score in the first inning of each game of the series.
– Jonny Butler singled to start the frame and Will Wilson walked, as both scored on a double to left center off the bat of Patrick Bailey.
– The Wolfpack added to its lead in the third, after David Vazquez singled and advanced to third on a single from Tyler McDonough.
– A balk call on relief pitcher Billy Corcoran allowed Vazquez to score from third and push the lead to 3-0.
– Pittsburgh got all of those runs back in the top of the sixth thanks to a three-run homer by David Yanni, but NC State answered in the bottom of the frame to regain the lead.
– With two outs, Vojtech Mensik and Luca Tresh drew consecutive walks, and both came around to score to put the Pack ahead, 5-3.
– Lawson McArthur walked with the bases loaded in the seventh to plate the sixth run of the game for NC State.
– Pitt trimmed the deficit to 6-5 in the eighth with an RBI single and an RBI double, but a great diving catch in right field by McArthur ended the rally and prevented the tying run from scoring.
– Dalton Feeney pitched around a leadoff single in the ninth to nail down his third save.

Inside the Box Score
– McDonough led the Wolfpack at the plate with the first four-hit game of his young career to take over as the NC State leader in hits with 22 for the season.
– Bailey and Butler both tallied a pair of hits, while Evan Edwards, McArthur and Vazquez each had one hit.
– Bailey, Butler and Edwards all reached base safely in the contest and they have done so in all 15 games this season.
– The Pack outhit the Panthers in the series, 40-23, as NC State tallied a .348 batting average to Pitt’s .225 clip.

On the Mound
– Reid Johnston started on the mound for the Wolfpack and turned in a strong start, as he threw five innings and departed after yielding just two hits (both singles) to go along with five strikeouts.
– Nick Swiney relieved him and pitched 2.1 innings, fanning five batters, to earn his first win of the season before handing the ball to Feeney to close it down.

On Deck
NC State will return to action Tuesday evening when the Wolfpack travels to the Queen City to take on Charlotte. The contest will be held at BB&T Ballpark, home of the Charlotte Knights, and first pitch is set for 7 p.m.

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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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