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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 Falls to FSU 11-0 to close out Pool Play, Will Face GT in Semi’s Tonight

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DURHAM, N.C. – No. 13 NC State baseball wrapped up pool play on Friday evening at the ACC Championship in Durham, N.C., at theDurham Bulls Athletic Park. In its second game of the week, the Wolfpack fell to sixth-seeded Florida State, 11-0 (7 inn.).

The result snaps a 139-game streak of not suffering a shutout loss, with the last coming on April 23, 2017, at Boston College (a 1-0 loss).

The No. 3 seed Wolfpack already clinched a spot in the semifinals Saturday, as it defeated 10th-seeded Wake Forest, 6-5, on Thursday nightafter the Seminoles dropped a 7-4 decision to the Demon Deacons on Tuesday. Since all three teams finished with a 1-1 record in pool play, the top-seeded team, NC State, automatically advances to the weekend.

The Pack moves to 42-16 on the year while the Seminoles improve to 36-21.

How It Happened

-The Noles got off to a strong start with a pair of runs in the first inning. Back-to-back doubles by Reese Albert and Drew Mendoza just fair of the right field line plated the first run. After a wild pitch and walk put runners at the corners, J.C. Flowers’ single up the middle tacked on the other run of the frame. 

-FSU doubled its lead in the third after stringing together four base hits following a leadoff walk.

-In the fourth, two more runs scored for the Noles via Mendoza’s sac fly to center field and Robby Martin’s single up the middle after a leadoff single and double put runners in scoring position.

-Florida State knocked in five runs via a solo homer, pair of RBI doubles and RBI single in the fifth.

-The Noles made it 11-0 in the seventh when Carter Smith scored on an error. He led off with a single to right field, and a wild pitch and groundout to second allowed him to threaten at third. 

On Deck

NC State will face second-seeded Georgia Tech Saturday in the ACC Championship semifinal at the DBAP. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m., as the game will be broadcast on Regional Sports Networks (RSN) and the ACC Network Extra (subject to blackout). There will also be a free audio stream on WKNC 88.1 FM.

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VIDEO: NC State Celebrates 9th Inning Comeback Over Wake Forest in ACCT

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Wake Forest has stood in NC State’s way in the past, but not this time. Trailing 5-2 in the top of the 9th inning, NC State scored 4 runs to take a 6-5 lead, and held onto victory in the bottom of the 9th.

Check out the videos below of the Wolfpack celebrating, close calls, and head coach Elliott Avent’s view on instant replay.

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NC State 6 Wake Forest 5: ACCDN Highlight Reel

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#3 Seed NC State (13th nationally) scored 4 innings in the 9th inning to beat #10 Seed Wake Forest 6-5 last night to advance to the semifinals of the 2019 ACC Baseball Tournament.

Check out the ACC Digital Network Highlight Reel below.

NC State will continue action tonight at the ACC Championship when it faces #6 Seed Florida State at 7 p.m, and will play the winner of Duke vs. Georgia Tech in the Semifinals tomorrow.

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#13 NC State Baseball Completes Late Comeback Over Demon Deacons, Advances To Semifinals of ACCT

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DURHAM, N.C. – In a wild comeback fashion with four runs in the ninth to erase its three-run deficit, No. 13 NC State baseball topped Wake Forest, 6-5, on Thursday evening in the ACC Championship at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.

With its 19th comeback win of the season, the Wolfpack advances to the semifinals of the tournament Saturday. The bracket will be set Friday afternoon following the conclusion of the Georgia Tech and Duke game.

NC State improves to 42-15 on the year to make its first ACC semifinal appearance since 2015, while the Demon Deacons fall to 31-26.

Quick Hits

-The Deacs broke open the scoring in the second, plating four runs on three hits and a pair of errors. With the bases loaded on one out, DJ Poteet’s 2-RBI single through the right side scored the first two runs. An error and sac fly to center field doubled their lead.

-After four scoreless innings, NC State scored two runs in the seventh on a 6-4-3 double play with the bases loaded and Brad Debo’s RBI double to right center.

-Wake Forest walked in a run in the seventh, extending its lead to 5-2.

-Facing a three-run deficit in the ninth, NC State put its rally caps on and went to work. Will Wilson led off with a standup triple that landed just fair of the right field line, then Patrick Bailey and Tyler McDonough walked to load the bases on one out.

-Debo came up with a clutch 2-RBI single to right center to make it a one-run game, and pitcher David Harrison came in to pinch run for him with runners at the corners.

-Harrison took second on a wild pitch, putting two in scoring position for the Pack, and then Terrell Tatum’s 2-RBI single to the second baseman brought the go-ahead run across. The base hit easily scored McDonough, and Harrison slid under the tag applied at home for the other RBI.

-Wake tried to force extra innings in the bottom half as ACC Player of the Year Bobby Seymour hit a leadoff double down the left field line to serve as the game-tying run on base, but the next three batters were retired in order.

Inside The Box Score

-Brad Debo went 2-for-4 and tied his season-high of three RBI.

-Tatum’s single that drove in two runs marked his fourth multi-RBI game of the year.

-Vojtech Mensik turned in a 3-for-4 performance after entering the game as a pinch hitter in the fourth.

On The Mound

-Six pitchers combined for the win. Baker Nelson collected his second win of his career on the mound, as he threw the final third of the eighth inning.

-Cameron Cotter picked up the save, his third of the year, after tossing the final inning with the game-tying run on base.

-Nick Swiney pitched 3.2 innings in relief, matching his career high in strikeouts with eight in the 15 batters he faced.

On Deck

NC State will continue action Friday at the ACC Championship when it faces sixth-seeded Florida State. First pitch is 7 p.m. from the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham N.C. The game will be broadcast on Regional Sports Networks (RSN) and the ACC Network Extra (subject to blackout).

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