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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’s Alec Makarewicz Earns a Spot on the College World Series All-Tournament Time

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The 2024 College World Series has come to an end, with Tennessee defeating Texas A&M, winning their first ever National Championship in Baseball. The 2024 College World Series All-Tournament Team has been announced, and NC State Senior 3rd Baseman Alec Makarewicz earned a spot.

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Makarewicz 3 for 9 in his 2 games in the World Series, with 4 RBI’s, 2 Runs, 2 Home Runs and 1 Walk.

A-Mak had one of the best offensive seasons in NC State history. He finished with the most Total Bases ever in a single season, with the 4th most Home Runs & Doubles. He earned All-American honors from ABCA/Rawlings & Baseball America.

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NC State Outfielder Chase Nixon is Entering the Transfer Portal

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NC State Junior Outfielder Chase Nixon is entering the Transfer Portal.

Nixon played in 39 games (out of 61), starting in 29. He hit .255 with 14 RBI’s and 11 Runs. Nixon’s OBP was .402.

Heading into the 2024 season, Nixon had a chance to battle for a starting spot, after starting in 18 of the 32 games he played in as a Sophomore. In 2023, Nixon hit .319, with an OBP of .402, and an OPS of .916. The way things panned out, Josh Hogue, Eli Serrano III & Noah Soles nabbed the starting jobs. Even when Hogue went down, Chase’s younger brother Luke was moved from the infield to the outfield.

Unfortunately, the Nixon boys won’t be on the same team for a second year.

Best of luck to Chase as he finds a home for his final year of eligibility.

He’s the 6th NC State player to enter the Transfer Portal

OF Chase Nixon

P Win Scott

P Chance Mako

SS Robert Nedry

P Garrett Payne

P Christopher Zupito

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Baseball America Includes NC State’s Alec Makarewicz & Jacob Cozart on 2024 All-American Teams

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Baseball America released their 2024 All-American teams this morning, and two NC State players were represented. Senior 3rd Baseman Alec Makarewicz was named to the 2nd Team, and Junior Catcher Jacob Cozart was named to the Third Team.

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NC State Pitcher Win Scott Enters the Transfer Portal

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NC State Junior Pitcher Win Scott has entered the Transfer Portal.

Scott made 8 appearances in relief this season, recording an 0-1 record with an ERA of 9.00. He struck out 10 batters in 10 innings, and walked 8. That was a step backwards from last year when Scott had a 3.38 ERA in 7 appearances.

Career Stats
2024: 9.00 ERA, 10 K’s, 8 BB’s (10 innings)
2023: 3.38 ERA, 7 K’s, 3 BB’s (5.1 innings)
2022: 6.75 ERA, 7 K’s, 4 BB’s (5.1 innings)

Scott has 1 year of eligibility remaining.

He’s the 5th NC State player to enter the Transfer Portal

P Win Scott

P Chance Mako

SS Robert Nedry

P Garrett Payne

P Christopher Zupito

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