RALEIGH, N.C. – Headlined by a 10-run sixth inning, the second-ranked NC State baseball team cruised past the George Mason Patriots, 18-3, Wednesday afternoon at Doak Field at Dail Park to stay unbeaten.
The Wolfpack moves to 17-0 and is one of the nation’s two remaining undefeated teams, along with Arizona State. Already off to its best start in program history, NC State’s 17 consecutive wins is the second longest winning streak in program history behind the 1990 team with a 19-game win streak.
After George Mason knotted the game with a run in the top of the third, NC State responded with six runs in the bottom of the frame en route to the dominant win.
Redshirt freshman Cameron Cotter was stellar in relief, throwing three shutout innings to earn his first career win. George Mason (8-6) starter Patrick Halligan was charged with his first loss of the season after yielding four earned runs in 2.1 innings.
“I’m really proud of our team,” said head coach Elliott Avent. “It was a tough game to play because we got back at 2 a.m. last night after a very emotional game at Charlotte in a beautiful ballpark in front of a great crowd.
“Your body is a little sluggish and tired, so to come out and play as well as we did today was great. It took us a little while to get going, but I thought we played really good. I’m really, really proud of the way the guys played today.”
– Following solo homer from the Patriots in the top of the second, RBI doubles from David Vazquez and Jonny Butler gave the Wolfpack a 2-1 advantage.
– George Mason leveled the tally in the third, but NC State answered with a big inning in the bottom half to take an 8-2 lead.
– Tyler McDonough ignited the rally with his second home run of the season, a two-run blast over the right field wall.
– Butler walked with the bases loaded before a two-run single from Will Wilson and Butler scored on an error, as the sixth run of the frame.
– The Wolfpack batted around in the sixth, as 14 NC State batters came to the plate for a season-high 10 runs in the inning.
– Wilson led off with a solo shot to left field, his fourth round-tripper of the season to tie with Evan Edwards for the team lead.
– After a fielder’s choice from Terrell Tatum to bring in a run and an RBI walk from Vazquez, J.T. Jarrett smashed a bases-clearing double to put the Wolfpack ahead, 14-2.
– Patrick Bailey drove in a run on a single to left field and a double from McDonough brought in the final two runs of the game for NC State.
Inside the Box Score
– Each player in the Wolfpack’s starting lineup reached base safely in the game.
– McDonough was 2-for-5 with four RBI and two runs, while Wilson was 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run.
– Butler turned in a 2-for-4 day at the plate with two RBI and two runs, Brad Debo added a pair of hits and three runs.
– NC State compiled a .474 batting average with runners in scoring position in the contest and hit .370 with runners on base.
On the Mound
– Five pitchers saw action in the game for the Wolfpack with Alec Barger getting the start.
– Nick Swiney relieved him and threw two innings with four strikeouts before handing the ball to Cotter.
– David Harrison took over for Cotter and pitched a hitless inning and Mathieu Gauthier closed out the game on the mound.
– NC State pitchers struck out 11 batters in the game and only walked two.
NC State will return to action this weekend against the top-ranked Florida State Seminoles. Friday and Saturday’s games are set for 6:30 p.m., while Sunday’s series finale is slated for 1 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park.
Nick Swiney’s Gem Ranks as 3rd Best Pitching Performance in 2020
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)
NCAA Grants Spring Athletes an Additional Year of Eligibility
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
Men’s & Women’s Golf
Men’s & Women’s Tennis
Outdoor Track & Field
NC State Catcher Patrick Bailey Named Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball
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.
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
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.
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.
Forever & Always 💍🥂 pic.twitter.com/7KD1lvUNmU
— Leigha Bruce (@leighabruce_) December 19, 2019
NC State Baseball Ranks 16th in Collegiate Baseball’s 2020 Preseason Poll
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
16) NC State
17) Wake Forest