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#2 NC State’s Comeback Falls Short Against #1 FSU for First Loss

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RALEIGH, N.C. – After tallying the best start to a season in program history and tying the record for consecutive wins (19), second-ranked NC State endured its first loss of 2019 as top-ranked Florida State avoided the series sweep with a 7-5 win Sunday afternoon at Doak Field at Dail Park.

The Wolfpack was one of two unbeaten teams heading into the contest, as Arizona State is now the nation’s lone undefeated team. NC State moves to 19-1 on the year and 5-1 in ACC play, while Florida State improves to 14-4 and 3-3 in conference action.

After trailing 7-1, the Pack rallied with three runs in the bottom of the sixth and added a run in the eighth but came up short against the Seminoles, 7-5.

FSU starter Shane Drohan picked up the win on the mound with five innings pitched, while NC State’s starter Michael Bienlien was charged with the loss.

Avent’s Additions

“After the game I told the team how proud the staff and I are of them,” said head coach Elliott Avent. “Nineteen wins in a row to start the season, a program record. This is the first third of the season and now we’ve got to get ready for the next third and it doesn’t get any easier.

“I’m really proud of the way our guys played. We keep battling and that’s all this club knows how to do. This has probably been the best stretch we’ve ever had since I’ve been here, they’ve been incredible.”

Quick Hits

– Florida State struck first in the contest with three runs in the second, following an RBI single from Mike Salvatore and a two-RBI single by Reese Albert.

– Patrick Bailey doubled down the left field line to plate the first run of the game for NC State, as Jonny Butler raced around to score from second base.

– The Seminoles tacked on three runs in the fifth following a solo homer from J.C. Flowers, RBI double from Nander de Sedas and a sacrifice fly from Matheu Nelson.

– de Sedas added another run-scoring knock in the sixth, as Florida State pulled ahead, 7-1.

– NC State countered with three runs in the bottom of the frame to narrow the margin to 7-4.

– David Vazquez ripped an RBI double down the left field line and Luca Tresh hit a sacrifice fly to right field.

– An RBI groundout from Thayer Thomas plated the final run of the frame, as Vazquez scored from third base.

– The Wolfpack looked to rally in the eighth, as Brad Debo led off with a single up the middle and Vazquez hit his second double of the day two batters later to score him.

– After Will Wilson reached on an error to load the bases, Bailey ripped an 0-2 pitch to right field but it was right at the FSU outfielder, who made the grab to end the threat.

Inside the Box Score

– Vazquez led the Wolfpack at the plate with a 2-for-4 outing, highlighted by a pair of doubles and two RBI.

– Evan Edwards also notched a pair of hits in the contest.

– Bailey and Edwards each extended their reached base safely streaks to 20 games, as they have reached in every game this season.

On Deck

NC State will return to action Tuesday evening when the Towson Tigers head to Raleigh. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park.

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NC State Picked 3rd in the Atlantic in the 2023 ACC Baseball Preseason Poll

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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.

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The Doak is getting its renovation…and NC State fans aren’t exactly loving it

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I was just about to write a piece about the Doak renovation going down.

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…

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.

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?

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.

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NC State Baseball is Ranked 21st in D1Baseball’s 2023 Preseason Poll

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D1Baseball released their 2023 College Baseball Preseason Poll this week, and NC State is sitting at #21.

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ACC Teams in the Preseason Top 25

6. Wake Forest

12. UNC

14. Virginia Tech

16. Louisville

19. Virginia

21. NC State

22. Miami

The Wolfpack will kick off their 2023 season with a 3-game series at home against Wagner on February 17th.

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NC State’s 2023 Baseball Schedule is Here!

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The NC State 2023 Baseball schedule is officially out!

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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

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