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#2 NC State Shuts Out #1 FSU 16-0 in Historical Victory

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Headlined by a career outing from junior pitcher Jason Parker and a pair of big innings offensively, the second-ranked NC State baseball team shut out top-ranked Florida State, 16-0, Friday night at Doak Field at Dail Park.

The win marked the most runs that the Wolfpack has ever scored in a game against the Seminoles and also the largest margin of victory. It’s the first time NC State has shut out FSU since 2011.

NC State remains unbeaten on the year with a perfect 18-0 record, including a 4-0 mark in ACC play. Florida State is 13-3 and 2-2 in conference action.

With Clemson’s loss earlier in the day, NC State is now the only team undefeated in conference play.

Avent’s Additions

“We played maybe as complete a game as we’ve played since I’ve been here,” said head coach Elliott Avent. “Florida State is probably one of the top-five baseball programs of all-time. What Mike Martin has done in college athletics is amazing.

“We played a complete game and I’m really proud of the guys, but this one’s over and we have to come back and be ready to play tomorrow.”

Quick Hits

– NC State erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the second to strike first in the contest, grabbing an 8-0 lead.

– Evan Edwards opened the scoring with an opposite field home run over the left field wall, his team-leading fifth of the year.

– Following a double by Tyler McDonough, Brad Debo tripled to left field and Devonte Brown tripled to right field.

– Patrick Bailey doubled to bring in two more runs for the Wolfpack, as the Wolfpack batted around in the inning.

– McDonough collected his second hit of the inning to push across the final two runs in the frame, as a single through the left side extended the NC State lead to 8-0.

– A sacrifice fly from J.T. Jarrett in the fifth made it a 9-0 advantage for the Pack before a five-run sixth inning for NCSU.

– After walks by Bailey and Edwards, McDonough singled to plate Bailey from third to make it 10-0.

– Debo hit a ground-rule double down the left field line to score Edwards, McDonough and he later scored on an error.

– Bailey left the yard in the bottom of the seventh with a two-run blast to left field to put the Wolfpack ahead, 16-0, on his fourth homer of the season.

On the Mound

– Parker turned in the best start of the season by an NC State pitcher and the best of his career, as he went a career-long seven innings and struck out a career-high 10 batters.

– He retired the side in order twice and only allowed five hits, all singles. The New Bern, N.C., native has only allowed two extra-base hits all season.

– David Harrison took over after him and was stellar on the mound to complete the shutout. He struck out two batters and allowed a pair of singles.

Inside the Box Score

– Bailey, Jonny Butler and Edwards all reached base safely in the game and have done so in all 18 games this season.

– McDonough led the Pack at the plate with a 4-for-5 showing with three RBI and two runs.

– Bailey was 3-for-4 with four RBI and scored three times.

-The Wolfpack compiled a .500 batting average with runners in scoring position and a .478 clip with runners on base.

On Deck

NC State and Florida State will return to the field for game two of the series on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park.

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J. Cole Wears NC State Baseball Jersey in New Music Video

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Rapper J. Cole released the music video to his new song “Under the Sun” yesterday, and he is wearing an NC State baseball jersey in it. Cole, a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, has been a frequent visitor at NC State since Dennis Smith Jr. came to Raleigh in 2016. He attended quite a few of Smith’s games in PNC Arena.

Since then, Cole has continued to come back to Raleigh, and has played quite a few games of pick-up basketball in the Dail Center.

You can buy the jersey that J Cole is wearing online at the Red and White Shop, but currently every size is sold out besides 3XL.

(Warning: The music video below has explicit language)

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BA: NC State’s Thayer Thomas Ranks as College Football’s 4th Best Baseball Player

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Baseball America recently ranked College Football’s best Baseball players, and NC State Wide Receiver Thayer Thomas ranked 4th.

4. Thayer Thomas, North Carolina State

Thomas had a big redshirt freshman year for the Wolfpack. In the fall, he was a backup wide receiver and caught 34 passes for 383 yards and three touchdowns, while also serving as NC State’s punt returner. In the spring, the outfielder hit .222/.364/.500 in 14 games and got drafted in the 33rd round by the Red Sox. He turned down Boston’s offer, however, and will continue as a dual-sport athlete at NC State. The former walk-on is now listed as a starter at wide receiver on the Wolfpack’s depth chart as NC State prepares to open its season against East Carolina. (BA)

Baseball America’s Top-10 Baseball Players that also play College Football

  1. Maurice Hampton, LSU
  2. Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss
  3. Cole Kmet, Notre Dame
  4. Thayer Thomas, NC State
  5. Lucas Krull, Florida
  6. John Rhys Plumlee, Ole Miss
  7. Justin Fields, Ohio State
  8. Feleipe Franks, Florida
  9. Trevon Flowers, Tennessee
  10. Jake Fromm, Georgia

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Six of NC State’s Eight Draft Picks Have Signed With MLB Teams

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Obviously Junior Shortstop Will Wilson and Senior 1st Basemen Evan Edwards signed their Major League Baseball contracts after being taken in the 2019 Draft.

Wilson was drafted 15th overall by the Angels, and couldn’t turn that down, and Edwards was out of eligibility at the collegiate level, signing with the Marlins after being drafted in the 4th round.

In total, NC State’s Baseball team produced 7 draft picks this summer, which tied for the 9th most in College Baseball.

Outside of Wilson and Edwards, 4 Junior NC State Pitchers also signed their Major League contracts.

Jason Parker (Reds) and Andrew Blake (Angels) signed on June 11th, Alec Barger (Atlanta Braves) signed on June 17th, and Michael Bienlien (Detroit Tigers) signed on June 23rd.

Redshirt Freshman Outfileder Thayer Thomas (Round 33/Red Sox) and Sophomore Left Handed Pitcher Evan Justice (Round 39/ Marlins) are the only two Wolfpack players drafted that didn’t signed a contract. The deadline was July 12th.

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NC State Produced the 9th Most Draft Picks in 2019

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The 2019 College Baseball season is over, but let’s take a moment to highlight the fact that NC State produced the 9th most picks in the 2019 MLB Draft this year. The 8 Wolfpack Draftees ties for 2nd all-time in school history (2017 & 2006), just one shy of the 9 selected in 2009.

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JR SS Will Wilson – 1st Round/15th Overall – Nationals

SR 1B Evan Edwards – 4th Round – Marlins

JR RHP Jason Parker – 16th Round – Reds

JR RHP Alex Barger – 17th Round – Braves

JR RHP Andrew Blake – 21st Round – Angels

JR RHP Michael Bienlien – 24th Round – Tigers

FR OF Thayer Thomas – 33rd Round – Red Sox

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