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#2 NC State Rallies for 6-5 Win at Charlotte to Remain Undefeated

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Off to its best start in program history and one of the nation’s two remaining unbeaten teams, the second-ranked NC State baseball team continues to find ways to win as the Wolfpack rallied for a 6-5 win against Charlotte Tuesday night at BB&T Ballpark.

Charlotte jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the contest before extending the lead to 4-1, but a three-run homer from Patrick Bailey in the top of the eighth knotted the score at four. The Wolfpack added two runs in the top of the ninth and held off the 49ers in the bottom half to seal the win.

NC State moves to 16-0 on the year, while Charlotte falls to 8-8. Kent Klyman picked up the win on the mound and is now 5-0 to lead all ACC pitchers, while Dalton Feeney nailed down his fourth save of the season.

Avent’s Additions

“We keep getting better and our guys are resilient,” said head coach Elliott Avent. “Tonight, we were down 4-1 and with the way Charlotte was playing, to come back and win is that much more impressive. They were not only making every play, but also their pitching was outstanding. It seemed like if we did hit a ball hard, it was right at one of their guys.

“When things like that happen, it looks like it’s just one of those nights, but our guys didn’t think that way. They came in ready to roll in the eighth inning.”

Quick Hits

– Charlotte scored first in the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third following a pair of RBI singles from Carson Johnson and Drew Ober to grab a 2-0 lead.

– NC State answered with a run in the top of the fifth after two-out walks from Lawson McArthur and Terrell Tatum before Jonny Butler came up big for the Wolfpack with a clutch, pinch-hit single through the right side to plate McArthur.

– The 49ers added a run in the sixth on a solo homer from Dominick Cammarata and a single by Johnson to pull ahead, 4-1.

– Will Wilson sparked the Pack’s rally in the eighth, as he drew a leadoff walk and Evan Edwards followed with a single up the middle.

– After working his way into a 3-1 count, Bailey crushed the next pitch from Ryan Czanstkowski over the right field wall to tie the game at four apiece.

– The sophomore hit his third homer of the year 402 feet into the right field bleachers and each of his home runs this season have been go-ahead or game-tying hits.

– Tatum doubled down the right field line to start the ninth and scored on a two-out RBI single from Wilson to give NC State its first lead of the day at 5-4.

– After a single from Edwards and a hit-by-pitch to load the bases, Brad Debo battled to draw a walk, pushing across what proved to be the winning run.

– Charlotte threatened in the bottom of the ninth, but the inning took a turn for NC State after a great block on a pitch in the dirt from Bailey and the runner on second tried to advance to third, but the sophomore catcher fired a strike to Dillon Cooper, who applied the tag for the second out of the inning.

– Dalton Feeney then forced the next batter to fly out to McArthur in right field to end the game.

On Deck

NC State will return to action Wednesday afternoon when the Wolfpack hosts George Mason. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park.

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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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