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#2 NC State Walks Off Against #1 Florida State to Clinch Series, Stay Unbeaten

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RALEIGH, N.C. – With two outs in the bottom of the ninth on a 2-2 pitch, freshman Tyler McDonough singled up the middle to lift second-ranked NC State to a 9-8 walkoff win against No. 1 Florida State Saturday night at Doak Field at Dail Park.

With the win, the Wolfpack clinched the series and remains unbeaten on the year with a 19-0 record. At 5-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play, NC State is the only team without a loss in league action.

NC State’s 19 wins to open the season ties the program record for most consecutive wins in a single season, set by the 1990 squad. The Pack picked up its third walkoff victory of the season and moved to 9-0 in games decided by one run.

Trailing 8-5 heading to the bottom of the eighth, the Wolfpack tied the game thanks to a three-run homer over the left field wall by Brad Debo. The junior clubbed an 0-1 pitch for his second round-tripper of the season to help NC State rally from the deficit and give the team momentum.

Devonte Brown led off the ninth with a great at-bat, as he walked on a 3-1 pitch and Will Wilson followed with a walk. After a wild pitch to move the runners over to third and second, respectively, McDonough tallied the first walkoff hit of his young career with a single up the middle.

Redshirt sophomore Dalton Feeney pitched a scoreless top of the ninth to earn his first win since April 29, 2017. FSU’s Conor Grady was charged with the loss and fell to 2-1 on the year.

Avent’s Additions

“That was a great comeback win,” said head coach Elliott Avent. “You’re sitting there knowing it’s going to be a close game with how good Florida State is and you know you can’t give away any runs. After [Mike] Salvatore hit that home run, you go wow, and then this team takes over.

“The resiliency and belief of this team is incredible. It was kind of the same mindset that we had going into the eighth inning at Charlotte. They wanted to get this thing going and they did. [Tyler] McDonough battled and battled and came through with a big time at-bat against a quality pitcher.”

Quick Hits

– After being shutout and held without an extra-base hit in Friday’s game, Florida State ended both of those droughts on one swing of the bat as Drew Mendoza hit a two-run homer in the top of the first to grab a 2-0 lead.

– The Seminoles extended the advantage to 4-0 in the second after an RBI triple from Mike Salvatore and a single from Reese Albert.

– NC State answered in the bottom of inning to knot the score at 4-4, the 13th time this season the Wolfpack has tallied a ‘big’ inning with four or more runs in the frame.

– Terrell Tatum singled to left field to drive in a pair of runs, as Edwards walked, and McDonough doubled earlier in the inning to score on the play.

– David Vazquez stepped to the plate next and launched his first homer of the season and second of his career to tie the ballgame at four.

– A single from Wilson started the third for the Wolfpack and he scored later in the inning on an RBI single from McDonough, as NC State took a 5-4 lead.

Inside the Box Score

– McDonough tallied his team-leading 11th multi-hit game, as he was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs.

– Bailey and Edwards both extended their reached base safely streak to 19 games.

– The Wolfpack compiled a .500 clip at the plate with runners in scoring position.

On Deck

NC State and Florida State will wrap-up the series on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park.

(Photo Credit: Karl DeBlaker)

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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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