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NC State’s Jason Parker Earns ACC Pitcher of the Week Honors

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – After throwing a career-long seven shutout innings with a career-high 10 strikeouts in the win against top-ranked Florida State last Friday, NC State junior Jason Parker has been named the ACC Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced Monday.

Parker continued his strong start to the season with another stellar performance on the mound to lift the Wolfpack to a 16-0 win in the series opener against Florida State. The Seminoles entered the game ranked among the nation’s top 10 in five major polls, including No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball.

“I thought Jason was outstanding,” head coach Elliott Avent said to the media following Friday’s win. “That was the best I’ve seen him throw all year. He’s been very, very good for us on Fridays this year.”

The New Bern, N.C., native retired the side in order twice while allowing just five hits in the contest – all singles. Parker has allowed only two extra base hits this season — none in conference play — and lowered his ERA to 0.68.

He’s now 3-0 on the season with 26 strikeouts in 26.1 innings pitched and opponents have compiled a .198 batting average against him. Parker has also had great command, walking just six batters on the year and has not issued more than two walks in any start.

“I had just about all of my pitches working,” Parker said after his standout performance. “My fastball and slider command were there, and I had good feel for my changeup. Me and Patrick [Bailey] were on the same page and we had it firing.

“I love coming here every day and getting better. I look forward to pitching on Fridays because I know the guys are going to put up runs at the plate and my defense is going to be great behind me.”

Parker has yielded just two earned runs all season and has not given up a run in conference play.

With a record of 19-1, NC State is ranked No. 1 for the first time in program history, as Collegiate Baseball has the Wolfpack atop the rankings.

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

(Photo Credit: James Guillory) 

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NC State’s Alec Makarewicz Named ABCA/Rawlings Second Team All-American

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RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State third baseman Alec Makarewicz was named a 2024 ABCA/Rawlings Second Team All-American, as announced by the American Baseball Coaches Association on Friday morning.

Makarewicz has now earned ABCA/Rawlings All-Atlantic Region First Team honors, NCBWA Third Team All-America accolades and ABCA/Rawlings Second Team All-America honors in one week. This week he and teammate Jacob Cozart became NC State baseball’s 46th and 47th student-athletes, respectively, to be tabbed an All-American.

Makarewicz, who has already been named Second Team All-ACC and was the NCAA Raleigh Regional’s Most Outstanding Player, adds yet another personal accolade to a sensational season for the Wolfpack. The third baseman leads NC State with a .380 batting average, 80 RBI, 22 homers, 95 hits and a .744 slugging percentage.

The Longwood, Florida native leads NC State with a .414 batting average so far in the NCAA Tournament, pacing the Pack with 12 hits, five doubles and 26 total bases. Makarewicz batted .400 (6-for-15) with two homers and four RBI to help lead NC State back to Omaha for the fourth time in program history and the third time since 2013.

Makarewicz’s 22 homers now rank tied for sixth in NC State single-season history. His 80 RBI rank tied for second in Wolfpack single-season history, needing just seven more to tie Turtle Zaun for the program record. The Wolfpack third baseman is also tied with Tony Ellison for the single-season program record for total bases (186), needing just one more base hit to set the new record.

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NC State will face Kentucky in its opening round game at the 2024 NCAA Men’s College World Series. NC State and Kentucky will face off on Saturday at Omaha’s Charles Schwab Field at 2 p.m. ET. Saturday’s game will be televised on ESPN.

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NC State’s Jacob Cozart Earns Perfect Game Second Team All-American Honors

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RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State catcher Jacob Cozart was named a 2024 Perfect Game Second Team All-American on Wednesday afternoon.

Cozart, who was just named a Buster Posey Award Finalist on Thursday, earns the first All-America honor of his stellar Wolfpack career. After teammate Alec Makarewicz was named an NCBWA Third Team All-American earlier on Wednesday, Cozart is the 47th student-athlete in program history to earn All-America accolades.

The Wolfpack catcher enters the College World Series with a .300 batting average, 19 homers, 53 RBI, 60 runs scored and a .430 on-base percentage. Cozart’s 49 walks rank first among all NC State players as he enters this weekend’s Omaha matchups with an OPS of 1.034.

Defensively, Cozart has thrown out 13 of 40 runners attempting to steal this season and sported a .994 fielding percentage, recording 433 putouts and 39 assists. During the ACC regular season, Cozart ranked first among all ACC catchers with 13 runners caught stealing.

Cozart was also named a First Team All-ACC honoree and to the Golden Spikes Midseason Watch List earlier this season. He was one of just 45 student-athletes nationally named to the list.

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NC State will face Kentucky in its opening round game at the 2024 NCAA Men’s College World Series. NC State and Kentucky will face off on Saturday at Omaha’s Charles Schwab Field at 2 p.m. ET. Saturday’s game will be televised on ESPN.

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Game 3 of NC State vs. Georgia was Tied for the Most Viewed Game in the 2024 Super Regionals

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NC State’s 8-5 victory over Georgia in Game 3 of the Athens Super Regional on Monday night was tied for the most watched game of the 2024 Super Regionals, garnering 1.2 million viewers.

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Game 2 of Clemson and Florida’s Super Regional also attracted 1.2 million viewers.

According to ESPN PR, this round of Super Regionals was the most watched since 2009, averaging 501k viewers, which was up 22% year-over-year.

According to ESPN, the Wolfpack’s victory over the Bulldogs was the most watched Pre-College World Series baseball game “on record.”

People love watching NC State play in the postseason. As we saw earlier this year, NC State’s victory over Duke in the Elite Eight was the most watched game in the 2024 Men’s NCAA Tournament, garnering 15.1 million viewers.

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NC State is 1 of 3 Schools to Ever Go to a Bowl, the Men’s & Women’s Final Four and the College World Series in 1 Year

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NC State is truly having one of the most special years in the history of College Athletics.

In the 2023-24 Athletic Year…

NC State’s Football team went to a Bowl Game.
NC State’s Men’s Basketball team went to the Final Four.
NC State’s Women’s Basketball team went to the Final Four.
NC State’s Baseball team has advanced to the College World Series.

NC State is 1 of 3 schools to ever check off all of those boxes in an Athletic Year. They join Texas (2003) and Louisville (2013).

Let’s compare the three special years for each school.

Louisville (2012-13)

The Cardinals defeated Florida 33-23 in the Sugar Bowl.
The Cardinals won the Men’s Basketball National Championship, but has since been vacated.
The Cardinals lost in the Women’s National Championship game against UCONN.
The Cardinals went 0-2 in the College World Series.

Texas (2002-03)

The Longhorns defeated LSU 35-20 in the Cotton Bowl
The Longhorns lost 84-95 to Syracuse in the Men’s Final Four.
The Longhorns 69-71 to UCONN in the Women’s Final Four.
The Longhorns went 1-2 in the College World Series.

NC State (2023-24)

The Wolfpack lost 19-28 to Kansas State in the Pop-Tarts Bowl.
The Wolfpack lost 50-63 to Purdue in the Men’s Final Four.
The Wolfpack lost 59-78 to South Carolina in the Women’s Final Four.
The Wolfpack ________ in the College World Series.

 

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