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PREVIEW: #2 NC State to Battle #1 FSU in Matchup of Nation’s Top Teams

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RALEIGH, N.C. – As one of the nation’s two remaining unbeaten teams, the second-ranked NC State baseball team will host top-ranked Florida State in an exciting Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) series this weekend. 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.

All three games will be broadcast live on the ACC Network Extra, accessible through Watch ESPN and the Watch ESPN App. Radio coverage will also be available on WKNC 88.1 FM and on GoPack.com for premium subscribers with Andrew Sanders on the call.

NC State heads into the weekend with a perfect 17-0 record and a 3-0 mark in ACC play, while Florida State is 13-2 and 2-1 in conference action.

Game Promotions
Friday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m.
– Theme: Red Out, Alumni Association Day

– Giveaway: Red Out T-Shirts to all fans (400), Capital Pest K Cards, Baseball Bingo Cards

– Friday Night Field of Dreams: 8u Wildcat Red Youth baseball team will join the team on the field for the National Anthem

– Baseball Bingo presented by East Village Grill

Saturday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m.

– Theme: First Responder’s Day

– Giveaway: Capital Pest K Cards

Sunday, March 17 at 1 p.m.
– Theme: St. PACKtricks Day, Youth League Day

– Giveaway: Color Changing 17oz. cups to all fans (400), Capital Pest K Cards

– Sunday Funday: Wolfpup Anthem with the team, Kid’s Zone

– Face Painter/Balloon Artist: Will be in the kid’s zone from 12:30-2:30pm

– Postgame: Kids Circle the Bases

Last Time Out
In its last outing, the Wolfpack cruised past the George Mason Patriots with an 18-3 win to earn its 17th win of the season. NC State’s 18 runs is the second most in a game this season and the sixth time that the Pack has surpassed 10 runs in a game.

The Series
NC State and Florida State have met 101 times in the history of the programs with the Seminoles leading the all-time series, 70-31.

Last Time Versus Florida State

The teams were placed in the same pool of the ACC Championship last season, as Florida State earned a 5-2 win in the most recent matchup between the programs.

Last Series Versus Florida State
Last year, the Wolfpack and Seminoles met on the final weekend of conference play in Tallahassee. Florida State won the series last season thanks to a pair of walkoff home runs in extra innings of game one and game two.

NC State avoided the sweep with a win in the series finale, as home run from Evan Edwards and Brett Kinneman helped lift the Pack to the win.

Last Time Versus Florida State at Doak Field
NC State won the last series against Florida State in Raleigh during the 2017 season. After dropping a 16-7 decision in game one, the Wolfpack bounced back in game two of the series with a 4-3 win thanks to a three-run homer from Evan Mendoza and a strong performance from Brian Brown on the mound.

The Pack scored four runs in the first inning of the series finale to clinch the series win, as Michael Bienlien was stellar on the mound to earn the win with six innings pitched.

The Rundown on Florida State
– The Florida State Seminoles are 13-2 on the year and 2-1 in ACC play, taking the series from Virginia Tech last weekend.

– FSU was picked to finish second in the ACC’s Atlantic Division, receiving six first-place votes to Louisville’s seven.

– The Seminoles have hit 28 home runs as a team this season to lead the conference and rank third in the NCAA.

– Florida State is also among the top five in the nation in on-base percentage with a .438 slash to pace the league.

Flashing the Leather

NC State leads the ACC and ranks sixth in the nation with a .985 fielding percentage. Florida State is right behind the Wolfpack with a .984 clip to rank second in the conference and seventh nationally.

Best Start in Program History
With a record of 17-0, NC State is off to its best start in program history, surpassing the previous best for the program of 12-0 to open the season set by the 1992 squad.

 

Don’t Give Up, Don’t Ever Give Up

NC State has trailed at some point in 10 of its 17 games this season but has responded to win the contest to remain unbeaten. The Wolfpack has trailed after six innings in five games this year and has risen to the test each time.

The Pack’s most impressive comeback of the season came against NC Central, as NC State fell behind 8-1 but rallied to win the contest, 11-10, in extra innings. The seven-run deficit was the largest overcome in a game for the Wolfpack since 2005.

 

Leading the Way

Junior pitcher Kent Klyman is the only pitcher in the country with five wins on the season.

 

Making it Count

The Wolfpack has made the most of its opportunities this season, as the squad has won eight one-run games.

 

Mighty McDonough

Tyler McDonough has enjoyed a hot start to the 2019 campaign, as the freshman leads NC State with a .352 batting average. That mark is 11th in the conference and fourth-best among freshmen.

The Wolfpack’s center fielder has compiled a team-high nine multi-hit games and has tallied a hit in the past four games, headlined by a four-hit outing in the series finale against Pitt.

Double Trouble 
NC State batters have hit 46 doubles this season, which leads the ACC and is third best in the NCAA. The Wolfpack recorded a season-high six doubles at NC Central last week.

In 2017, NC State led the ACC and finished sixth in the NCAA with 140 doubles.

Getting on Base
Patrick Bailey, Jonny Butler and Evan Edwards have all reached base safely in every game this season. Bailey leads the group and the team with a .488 on-base percentage.

 

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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.

(Photo Credit: James Guillory) 

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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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