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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.

 

Photo Credit: @NCStateBaseball

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NC State Finds Their Way Back Into the Top-25 in 1 Poll After Series Win at Clemson

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NC State won 2 of their 4 games last week, winning 2 out of 3 against Clemson on the road this past weekend, and losing to UNCW on the road in a midweek game. Prior to the 2 victories against the Tigers, the Wolfpack had lost 5 straight games, suffering a sweep at Louisville the weekend before.

As a result of NC State’s big series victory at Clemson, the Wolfpack are back in Baseball America’s Top-25.

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NC State didn’t manage to crack the Top-25 for D1Baseball, Perfect Game or the USAToday Coaches Poll. The Wolfpack currently rank 31st in the Coaches Poll.

The NCBWA Poll hasn’t been released yet.

NC State will host Campbell tomorrow night at 6pm, which will be followed up by a series at the Doak this weekend against rival #11 UNC.

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Clemson Shuts Out NC State 7-0, but the Wolfpack Win the Series

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NC State didn’t pull of the sweep, falling to #2 Clemson 0-7 on the road this afternoon. Despite the loss, the Wolfpack did take 2 of 3 on the road against the team that entered the weekend ranked #1 in the RPI.

Freshman Cooper Consiglio got the start for the Pack today, and it’s a shame he was tagged with the Loss, because he pitched the first Quality Start of his career, giving up 2 earned runs in 6 innings pitched, striking out 3.

The bullpen didn’t help Consiglio today, with Freshman Heath Andrews surrendering 3 earned runs in 0.1 innings, while Sophomore Andrew Shaffner gave up 2 earned runs in 1.2 innings.

The Tigers limited NC State to only 2 hits, and they were singles by Senior 1st Baseman Garrett Pennington and Junior Shortstop Brandon Butterworth.

The Wolfpack are now 20-13 overall, and 10-8 in conference play heading into a midweek game against Campbell at home on Tuesday night at 6pm. NC State currently ranks 3rd in the Atlantic Division.

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NC State Shuts Out #2 Clemson 4-0, Clinching the Series Against the Tigers!

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NC State (20-12) shut out Clemson (28-6) 4-0 this evening, clinching the series against the #2 team in the land on the road.

We’ve been waiting all year for Sophomore Dominic Fritton to return to form, and he picked a good time to do so, pitching 5.2 scoreless innings, striking out 6. The 5.2 innings is his highest of the season, and it’s the first time all season he has pitched, and the other team has scored 0 runs.

Fritton was followed by Freshman Jacob Dudan and Sophomore Derrick Smith, who kept the shutout alive. Dudan allowed 2 hits and 3 walks, but didn’t allow a run in 1.1 innings, and Smith didn’t allow a hit (1 walk) in 2 innings.

Pitching hasn’t been NC State’s strong suit in 2024, but it was tonight, against Sophomore Ethan Darden, who pitched a gem himself, giving up 1 earned run (3 unearned runs) in 9 innings, while striking out 5 (no walks).

Senior 3rd Baseman Alec Makarewicz was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s and a Run.

The Wolfpack and the Tigers will close out the series tomorrow at 1pm.

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NC State Picks up a Huge 11-8 Win Against #2 Clemson on the Road in the Series Opener

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NC State picked up a desperately needed win against #2 Clemson tonight, defeating the Tigers 11-8 on the road.

Senior Sam Highfill was back on the mound this Friday, but Mayor struggled, giving up 6 runs in 3.1 innings. Thankfully, Sophomore Shane Van Dam came in and quieted Clemson, giving up 1 earned run (2 runs) in 4.2 innings, striking out 8 batters, which is a new career high.

Sophomore Right Fielder Josh Hogue put the Pack on the board in the Top of the 1st with a solo Home Run.

Clemson would then go up 2-1 in the Bottom of the 1st with a 2-run Home Run.

NC State would regain the lead again in the Top of the 4th, putting 4 runs on the board. Junior Jacob Cozart grounded out to 2nd, but it was good enough to drive in Senior 1st Baseman Garrett Pennington. Then Sophomore Center Fielder Eli Serrano III drove in two with a Double, and then Redshirt Freshman Drew Lanphere drove him in with a Single.

The Tigers would answer with 4 runs of their own in the Bottom of the 4th.

In the Top of the 5th, the Wolfpack caught a break. With 2 outs, Junior Shortstop Brandon Butterworth reached 1st on a throwing error, which allowed Senior 3rd Baseman Alec Makarewicz and Hogue to come home. Serrano III would then take advantage of the opportunity, driving in 2 more with a Single.

The Tigers would make it a 1-run game in the Bottom of the 5th, scoring 2.

The Wolfpack would add a run in the 8th via an RBI Single from A-Mak, and another one in the 9th from Freshman 2nd Baseman Luke Nixon to make it a 3-run cushion.

Serrano III was the MVP at the plate for NC State today, going 3 for 4 with 4 RBI’s and 2 Runs.

Van Dam was the MVP on the mound. He is now 4-0 on the year, with a 2.63 ERA. Stud.

NC State (19-12) and Clemson (28-5) will take to the field tomorrow at 8pm.

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