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.
“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.”
– 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.
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.
NC State Picked 3rd in the Atlantic in the 2023 ACC Baseball Preseason Poll
The 2023 ACC Preseason Poll was released yesterday, and NC State is projected to finish 3rd in the Atlantic.
NC State finished 5th in the Atlantic Division in 2022, with a 14-15 record in Conference play.
The Doak is getting its renovation…and NC State fans aren’t exactly loving it
I was just about to write a piece about the Doak renovation going down.
— NC State Athletics (@PackAthletics) January 25, 2023
But while I was over on Twitter, I saw a ton of comments on it, all of them NC State fans, and almost all of them critical of the new look.
Look, I don’t know what’s going on here. Maybe it’ll look a lot better once it’s done, or maybe the grass will match up a lot better when it greens up. But right now, it’s a little jarring. Here is how it used to look…
And here is how it’s looking right now…
— Allen (@BigalnRaleigh) January 19, 2023
Again, I’m going to wait until it’s really done before I cast judgement, but I think the official tweet from the school marketing it and drawing attention to it, has people thinking it’s in it’s final form. And maybe it is. But I hope it’s not.
I remember this being shared a while back…
This shows grass in foul territory and dirt in the 1st/3rd baselines. So I’m not sure when this turf thing came along. And while we’re on the subject, aren’t we a turf management school? Shouldn’t we be turning up our noses at artificial turf?
Apparently, this is a thing now, where foul territories are artificial turf and fair territory is grass. Here is Mississippi State’s baseball field doing the same thing.
— Mississippi State Baseball (@HailStateBB) February 15, 2019
Can’t say I like it there either, honestly. It just seems like one of those fads. Remember when everyone was going crazy with field/court colors?
School with a grey field and school with a glow in the dark basketball court meet on blue turf. Winning coach gets dumped with French fries. College athletics at its absolute best. https://t.co/crEKoeLKbX pic.twitter.com/Bpeod50Sy4
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 4, 2022
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) November 10, 2021
The worst basketball court in the history of the sport. Thanks a lot, Oregon. pic.twitter.com/842T5CYmIc
— Craig Miller (@junior_miller) January 30, 2022
Did anyone ever really like those? Do people like them now? Have they ever gotten a recruit to come to the school? Have they ever scared a recruit away?
I don’t know. You tell me. I’ll hold final judgment, but things NC State fans don’t seem like they’re going to follow along.
NC State Baseball is Ranked 21st in D1Baseball’s 2023 Preseason Poll
D1Baseball released their 2023 College Baseball Preseason Poll this week, and NC State is sitting at #21.
ACC Teams in the Preseason Top 25
6. Wake Forest
14. Virginia Tech
21. NC State
The Wolfpack will kick off their 2023 season with a 3-game series at home against Wagner on February 17th.
NC State’s 2023 Baseball Schedule is Here!
The NC State 2023 Baseball schedule is officially out!
The Wolfpack finished the 2022 season with a 36-21 record, with a 14-15 record in ACC play, finishing 5th in the conference. NC State made it to the finals of the ACC Championship, and was criminally snubbed from appearing in the NCAA Tournament