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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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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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