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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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NC State Baseball Drops ACC Championship Semifinal Contest With Georgia Tech

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DURHAM, N.C. – No. 13 NC State baseball’s run at the ACC Championship ended with a 9-2 loss in its semifinal matchup with sixth-ranked and second-seeded Georgia Tech on Saturday evening at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C. 

The Wolfpack moves to 42-17 on the year while the Yellow Jackets improve to 41-16 on the year and advance to the championship final Sunday. 

Quick Hits

-Tristin English’s leadoff homer to right field in the second gave Tech the early advantage. 

-Patrick Bailey leveled the score at one in the third as he drove in Jonny Butler, who reached on a leadoff single, from first with his triple down the right field line.

-In the fifth, Tech took its lead back thanks to Michael Guldberg’s three-run homer to left field following an outfield single and walk on two outs.

-The Jackets extended its lead to 6-1 in the eighth via Baron Radcliff’s two-run double with runners in scoring position. A bases-loaded wild pitch and 2-RBI single up the middle tacked on three more runs in the frame.

-Down to its final out of the game, Butler drew a two-out walk and scored on Will Wilson’s double to the left field wall to make it 9-2, but it wasn’t enough to erase the deficit. 

Inside The Box Score

-Butler went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, while Wilson and Evan Edwards hit a double apiece. Wilson leads the team with 20 this season.

-Bailey additionally contributed to the team’s six hits on the night with his team-leading third triple of the year.

-Starting pitcher Jason Parker (4-3) was charged with the loss after going 4.2 innings and yielding four earned runs on five hits. 

On Deck

NC State will now await its fate for the NCAA Tournament. The top 16 host sites will be announced Sunday at 8:30 p.m. via social media, and the full selection show will be held Monday at 12:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

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NC State Falls to FSU 11-0 to close out Pool Play, Will Face GT in Semi’s Tonight

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DURHAM, N.C. – No. 13 NC State baseball wrapped up pool play on Friday evening at the ACC Championship in Durham, N.C., at theDurham Bulls Athletic Park. In its second game of the week, the Wolfpack fell to sixth-seeded Florida State, 11-0 (7 inn.).

The result snaps a 139-game streak of not suffering a shutout loss, with the last coming on April 23, 2017, at Boston College (a 1-0 loss).

The No. 3 seed Wolfpack already clinched a spot in the semifinals Saturday, as it defeated 10th-seeded Wake Forest, 6-5, on Thursday nightafter the Seminoles dropped a 7-4 decision to the Demon Deacons on Tuesday. Since all three teams finished with a 1-1 record in pool play, the top-seeded team, NC State, automatically advances to the weekend.

The Pack moves to 42-16 on the year while the Seminoles improve to 36-21.

How It Happened

-The Noles got off to a strong start with a pair of runs in the first inning. Back-to-back doubles by Reese Albert and Drew Mendoza just fair of the right field line plated the first run. After a wild pitch and walk put runners at the corners, J.C. Flowers’ single up the middle tacked on the other run of the frame. 

-FSU doubled its lead in the third after stringing together four base hits following a leadoff walk.

-In the fourth, two more runs scored for the Noles via Mendoza’s sac fly to center field and Robby Martin’s single up the middle after a leadoff single and double put runners in scoring position.

-Florida State knocked in five runs via a solo homer, pair of RBI doubles and RBI single in the fifth.

-The Noles made it 11-0 in the seventh when Carter Smith scored on an error. He led off with a single to right field, and a wild pitch and groundout to second allowed him to threaten at third. 

On Deck

NC State will face second-seeded Georgia Tech Saturday in the ACC Championship semifinal at the DBAP. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m., as the game will be broadcast on Regional Sports Networks (RSN) and the ACC Network Extra (subject to blackout). There will also be a free audio stream on WKNC 88.1 FM.

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VIDEO: NC State Celebrates 9th Inning Comeback Over Wake Forest in ACCT

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Wake Forest has stood in NC State’s way in the past, but not this time. Trailing 5-2 in the top of the 9th inning, NC State scored 4 runs to take a 6-5 lead, and held onto victory in the bottom of the 9th.

Check out the videos below of the Wolfpack celebrating, close calls, and head coach Elliott Avent’s view on instant replay.

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NC State 6 Wake Forest 5: ACCDN Highlight Reel

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#3 Seed NC State (13th nationally) scored 4 innings in the 9th inning to beat #10 Seed Wake Forest 6-5 last night to advance to the semifinals of the 2019 ACC Baseball Tournament.

Check out the ACC Digital Network Highlight Reel below.

NC State will continue action tonight at the ACC Championship when it faces #6 Seed Florida State at 7 p.m, and will play the winner of Duke vs. Georgia Tech in the Semifinals tomorrow.

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