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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 Catcher Patrick Bailey Named Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball

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Collegiate Baseball released their 2020 College Baseball Preseason All-American teams yesterday, and NC State Junior Catcher Patrick Bailey was named to the 2nd Team.

FIRST TEAM
LHP Reid Detmers, Louisville
RHP Kumar Rocker, Vanderbilt
RHP Mason Hickman, Vanderbilt
RHP Jeff Criswell, Michigan
LHP Asa Lacy, Texas A&M
Relief Holden Powell, UCLA
C Adrian Del Castillo, Miami (Fla.)
1B Tristan Peterson, New Mexico St.
1B Spencer Torkelson, Arizona St.
2B Nick Gonzales, New Mexico St.
3B Alex Binelas, Louisville
SS Austin Martin, Vanderbilt
OF Heston Kjerstad, Arkansas
OF Ethan Wilson, South Alabama
OF Chris Lanzilli, Wake Forest
DH Aaron Sabato, North Carolina
UT Alec Burleson, East Carolina

SECOND TEAM
RHP Emerson Hancock, Georgia
RHP JT Ginn, Mississippi St.
RHP Brian Van Belle, Miami (Fla.)
RHP Trenton Denholm, U.C. Irvine
LHP Jake Mulholland, Oregon St.
RHP Collin Liberatore, Indiana St.
RHP Tanner Burns, Auburn
LHP Doug Nikhazy, Mississippi
LHP Hayes Heinecke, Wofford
RHP Drake Nightengale, South Alabama
LHP Seth Lonsway, Ohio St.
RHP CJ Van Eyk, Florida St.
Relief Tyler Brown, Vanderbilt
Relief Alek Jacob, Gonzaga
Relief Nick Frasso, Loyola Marymount
Relief Garrett Acton, Illinois
Relief Brett Barnett, South Dakota St.
C Patrick Bailey, N.C. State
C Austin Wells, Arizona
C Griffin Lockwood-Powell, Central Michigan
1B Bobby Seymour, Wake Forest
1B Alex Toral, Miami (Fla.)
2B Justin Foscue, Mississippi St.
2B Brian Klein, Texas Tech
3B Anthony Giachin, Army
SS Casey Martin, Arkansas
OF Garrett Mitchell, UCLA
OF Hudson Haskin, Tulane
OF Tanner Allen, Mississippi St.
UT Casey Schmitt, San Diego St.

THIRD TEAM
RHP John Baker, Ball St.
RHP Cameron Brown, Central Michigan
RHP Zach Hester, Samford
RHP Kade Mechals, Grand Canyon
RHP Chance Hroch, New Mexico St.
LHP Jared Wetherbee, Elon
LHP Rodney Boone, U.C. Santa Barbara
Relief Willie Weiss, Michigan
Relief Jason Ruffcorn, Oklahoma
Relief Michael McGreevy, U.C. Santa Barbara
Relief Joe Kruszka, Albany
Relief Michael Kirian, Louisville
Relief Grant Leonard, Iowa
C Hunter Goodman, Memphis
C Alex Webb, Jacksonville St.
1B Liam Hibbits, Va. Commonwealth
1B Maxwell Costes, Maryland
1B Sonny DiChiara, Samford
1B Trevin Esquerra, Loyola Marymount
1B Cuba Bess, Grand Canyon
2B Cody Morissette, Boston College
2B Landon Stephens, Miami (Ohio)
2B Nate Fisbeck, McNeese St.
3B Tyler Keenan, Mississippi
3B Raymond Gil, Miami (Fla.)
SS Zavier Warren, Central Michigan
SS Jordan Westburg, Mississippi St.
SS Nick Loftin, Baylor
SS Tyler Wilber, S.E. Missouri St.
OF Daniel Cabrera, LSU
OF Jordan Nwogu, Michigan
OF Colton Cowser, Sam Houston St.
OF Mike Antico, St. John’s
UT Max Meyer, Minnesota (CB)

At the end of his Sophomore year, he earned 3rd Team All-American honors by Collegiate Baseball, and Freshman All-American honors the year before.

Last year, Bailey hit .288,  with 68 hits, 17 doubles, 10 home runs and a .513 slugging percentage. Behind the plate, he committed just 5 errors in 476 chances for a .989 fielding percentage, throwing out 33 percent of the base runners attempting to steal.

Currently, MLB.com ranks Bailey as the #21 2020 MLB Draft prospect.

Also, congratulations are in order, because Bailey got engaged yesterday.

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NC State Baseball Ranks 16th in Collegiate Baseball’s 2020 Preseason Poll

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Collegiate Baseball released their 2020 Preseason Poll, and NC State sits at #16.

The Wolfpack finished ranked 21st in the final Collegiate Baseball poll in 2019.

ACC Teams in the 2020 Preseason Collegiate Baseball Poll

1) Louisville
4) Miami
13) UNC
15) FSU
16) NC State
17) Wake Forest

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NC State Releases 2020 Baseball Schedule

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The NC State 2020 Baseball schedule was released today.

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The schedule features 23 games against 2019 NCAA Tournament opponents, including three-game series at Florida State and Louisville, who both advanced to the College World Series last season. The Wolfpack’s slate additionally features 13 opponents and a combined 31 games against teams that finished the 2019 season among the top 100 of the NCAA RPI.

NC State’s nonconference schedule is highlighted by games against Iowa, Minnesota and Purdue Feb. 28-March 1 at the US Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings. The weekend in Minneapolis is a part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Pack will also play a pair of games at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, N.C., home of the Charlotte Knights, AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, against Charlotte and South Carolina March 18 and 24, respectively. (GoPack)

NC State finished the 2019 season with a 42-19 record, and a 18-12 conference record. They finished the regular season ranked 13th nationally, and 3rd in the ACC.

The Wolfpack finished the year ranked 21st in the final Collegiate Baseball Rankings.

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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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