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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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NC State’s Jason Parker Earns ACC Pitcher of the Week Honors

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – After throwing a career-long seven shutout innings with a career-high 10 strikeouts in the win against top-ranked Florida State last Friday, NC State junior Jason Parker has been named the ACC Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced Monday.

Parker continued his strong start to the season with another stellar performance on the mound to lift the Wolfpack to a 16-0 win in the series opener against Florida State. The Seminoles entered the game ranked among the nation’s top 10 in five major polls, including No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball.

“I thought Jason was outstanding,” head coach Elliott Avent said to the media following Friday’s win. “That was the best I’ve seen him throw all year. He’s been very, very good for us on Fridays this year.”

The New Bern, N.C., native retired the side in order twice while allowing just five hits in the contest – all singles. Parker has allowed only two extra base hits this season — none in conference play — and lowered his ERA to 0.68.

He’s now 3-0 on the season with 26 strikeouts in 26.1 innings pitched and opponents have compiled a .198 batting average against him. Parker has also had great command, walking just six batters on the year and has not issued more than two walks in any start.

“I had just about all of my pitches working,” Parker said after his standout performance. “My fastball and slider command were there, and I had good feel for my changeup. Me and Patrick [Bailey] were on the same page and we had it firing.

“I love coming here every day and getting better. I look forward to pitching on Fridays because I know the guys are going to put up runs at the plate and my defense is going to be great behind me.”

Parker has yielded just two earned runs all season and has not given up a run in conference play.

With a record of 19-1, NC State is ranked No. 1 for the first time in program history, as Collegiate Baseball has the Wolfpack atop the rankings.

NC State will return to action Tuesday eveningwhen the Towson Tigers head to Raleigh. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park.

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NC State Baseball Ranked #1 for the 1st Time in School History

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After going 4-1 last week, including winning 2 out of 3 over #2 FSU (last weeks ranking) over the weekend, the NC State (19-1) Baseball team is ranked #1 in the nation in any poll for the first time in school history.

The Collegiate Baseball Poll moved the Wolfpack up from the #2 team in the land, to the TOP team in America.

Here’s what they had to say about the Pack:

TUCSON, Ariz. — N.C. State (19-1) is ranked No. 1 in the latest Collegiate Baseball NCAA Div. I baseball poll presented by Big League Chew.

It marks the first time in Wolfpack history the team has been No. 1 in baseball by any poll. N.C. State started the season with 19 straight wins before losing the finale of a 3-game series against Florida St. The Wolfpack won the 3-game series, two games to one.

N.C. State (5-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) has belted 55 doubles (No. 1 in nation) and 23 homers in 20 games and is averaging 8.8 runs per game. On defense, the Wolfpack has only committed 11 errors all season (third in nation with .985 fielding percentage).

Florida St., ranked No. 1 the previous two weeks, fell to 14th this week after losing three times last week. Among the losses were a 20-7 setback against Florida and 16-0 loss to N.C. State. (Link)

The USAToday Coaches Poll moved NC state up 7 spots to #5.

Baseball America moved the Wolfpack up 15 spots to #6.

D1Baseball moved the Pack up 14 spots to #6.

Perfect Game moved NC State up 9 spots to #8.

We are still waiting for the NCBWA to release their weekly poll (ranked 18th last week), but I’m gonna go on a hunch here and say that the Wolfpack will be Consensus Top-10 team.

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#2 NC State’s Comeback Falls Short Against #1 FSU for First Loss

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RALEIGH, N.C. – After tallying the best start to a season in program history and tying the record for consecutive wins (19), second-ranked NC State endured its first loss of 2019 as top-ranked Florida State avoided the series sweep with a 7-5 win Sunday afternoon at Doak Field at Dail Park.

The Wolfpack was one of two unbeaten teams heading into the contest, as Arizona State is now the nation’s lone undefeated team. NC State moves to 19-1 on the year and 5-1 in ACC play, while Florida State improves to 14-4 and 3-3 in conference action.

After trailing 7-1, the Pack rallied with three runs in the bottom of the sixth and added a run in the eighth but came up short against the Seminoles, 7-5.

FSU starter Shane Drohan picked up the win on the mound with five innings pitched, while NC State’s starter Michael Bienlien was charged with the loss.

Avent’s Additions

“After the game I told the team how proud the staff and I are of them,” said head coach Elliott Avent. “Nineteen wins in a row to start the season, a program record. This is the first third of the season and now we’ve got to get ready for the next third and it doesn’t get any easier.

“I’m really proud of the way our guys played. We keep battling and that’s all this club knows how to do. This has probably been the best stretch we’ve ever had since I’ve been here, they’ve been incredible.”

Quick Hits

– Florida State struck first in the contest with three runs in the second, following an RBI single from Mike Salvatore and a two-RBI single by Reese Albert.

– Patrick Bailey doubled down the left field line to plate the first run of the game for NC State, as Jonny Butler raced around to score from second base.

– The Seminoles tacked on three runs in the fifth following a solo homer from J.C. Flowers, RBI double from Nander de Sedas and a sacrifice fly from Matheu Nelson.

– de Sedas added another run-scoring knock in the sixth, as Florida State pulled ahead, 7-1.

– NC State countered with three runs in the bottom of the frame to narrow the margin to 7-4.

– David Vazquez ripped an RBI double down the left field line and Luca Tresh hit a sacrifice fly to right field.

– An RBI groundout from Thayer Thomas plated the final run of the frame, as Vazquez scored from third base.

– The Wolfpack looked to rally in the eighth, as Brad Debo led off with a single up the middle and Vazquez hit his second double of the day two batters later to score him.

– After Will Wilson reached on an error to load the bases, Bailey ripped an 0-2 pitch to right field but it was right at the FSU outfielder, who made the grab to end the threat.

Inside the Box Score

– Vazquez led the Wolfpack at the plate with a 2-for-4 outing, highlighted by a pair of doubles and two RBI.

– Evan Edwards also notched a pair of hits in the contest.

– Bailey and Edwards each extended their reached base safely streaks to 20 games, as they have reached in every game this season.

On Deck

NC State will return to action Tuesday evening when the Towson Tigers head to Raleigh. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park.

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#2 NC State 9 #1 Florida State 8: GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS

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#2 NC State beat #1 Florida State yesterday 9-8 via a walk-off hit by Freshman Tyler McDonough in the bottom of the 9th to remain unbeaten. The Wolfpack clinched the series over the Seminoles, and tied the longest winning streak in school history (19). Below are the highlights from the game.

 

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