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#1 NC State Baseball Defeats Miami in 1st ACC Road Game, 6-3

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Thanks to a five-run fifth inning, No. 1 NC State earned a 6-3 win in its first ACC road game of the year against Miami Friday night at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.

The Wolfpack moves to 21-1 on the year and now leads the nation in wins. NC State is also the only team in the ACC with six conference wins (6-1). Miami falls to 15-7 on the year and 3-4 in ACC play.

ACC Pitcher of the Week Jason Parker started on the mound for NC State and pitched four innings before turning it over to the bullpen. Freshman Baker Nelson was stellar in the contest with two scoreless innings of relief to earn his first collegiate win and Miami starter Evan McKendry was hit with his first loss (4-1) of the year.

Quick Hits

– After four scoreless innings, NC State tallied the game’s first runs with a big inning in the fifth, as the Wolfpack plated five runs.

– Patrick Bailey sparked the two-out rally with a double down the left field line and Evan Edwards followed with an RBI double to right center, scoring Bailey.

– Freshman Tyler McDonough tallied the Wolfpack’s third consecutive two-out hit to plate Edwards and give NC State a 2-0 lead.

– Following a single from Brad Debo, David Vazquez stepped to the plate and belted his second home run of the season, a three-run blast to extend the Pack’s advantage to 5-0, as NC State recorded five consecutive hits with two outs.

– It marked the 15th time this season that the Wolfpack has tallied a ‘big inning’ with four or more runs in the frame.

– Miami got a pair of runs back in the bottom half after three walks and a hit-by-pitch to cut the margin to 5-2.

– Bailey led off the seventh with a double to left center and came around to score on a double to deep center field off the bat of McDonough to push the NC State advantage to 6-2.

– Alex Toral pulled the ‘Canes within three runs with a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth, but Dalton Feeney entered the game and retired the next four batters to pick up his fifth save of the year.

Inside the Box Score

– McDonough led the Wolfpack at the plate with a 3-for-5 outing, his team-leading 12th multi-hit game of the season.

– Vazquez extended his hitting streak to eight games, as he was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a homer.

– Debo tallied a pair of hits in the contest to push his hitting streak to six games.

– Bailey and Jonny Butler were each 2-for-5 in the game, while Edwards was 1-for-4.

– Bailey and Edwards have now reached base safely in every game this year.

On Deck

NC State and Miami return to the field for game two of the series Saturday night. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. at Mark Light Field.

Photo Credit: JC Ridley/Miami Hurricanes

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1st Baseman Garrett Pennington Has Broken Into NC State’s Record Books

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Last night, Senior 1st Baseman Garrett Pennington hit 3 Doubles, giving him 23 Doubles on the season, which ranks 8th in NC State history for Doubles in a single season.

1. 31 – Brian Ward, 1998
2. 27 – Matt Postell, 1999
3. 26 – Brian Wright, 2002
4. 25 – Chris Diaz, 2012
4. 25 – Scott Snead, 1991
6. 24 – David Hicks, 2002
6. 24 – Tim Tracey, 1994
8. 24 – Garrett Pennington, 2024
8. 23 – Dallas Poulk, 2010
8. 23 – Jake Weber 1997
8. 23 – Paul Borawski 1991

The Wolfpack hit it big in the Transfer Portal this past offseason, with two of them breaking NC State records. Pennington broke into the Top-10 in Doubles, and Senior 3rd Baseman Alec Makarewicz broke into the Top-10 in Home Runs.

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NC State Crushes Virginia Tech 19-9 in Their Opening Game of 2024 ACC Tournament

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#3 seed NC State’s bats were simmering in their opening game of the 2024 ACC Tournament, defeating #10 seed Virginia Tech 19-9, with the game ending at the end of the 8th inning due to a mercy rule. The 19 runs are the most runs scored this season by the Pack, and the most in school history in the ACC Tournament.

Freshman Ryan Marohn, the Pack’s regular midweek starter, got the nod, and he was excellent, giving up 1 earned run in 4 innings pitched, striking out 4. With Marohn pitching in the first game, NC State will be able to roll out their starting 3 all the way to the Championship game if need be. Also, Jaxon Lucas, P.J. Labriola and Hollis Fanning came out of the bullpen, preserving the arms of the Wolfpack’s primary relief arms.

NC State recorded 20 hits in the contest, and also walked 9 times. Senior 3rd Team All-ACC 1st Baseman Garrett Pennington and Senior 2nd Team All-ACC 3rd Baseman Alec Makerwicz both finished with 4 hits in the contest. Pennington was 4 for 5 with 4 Runs and 2 RBI’s, with an absurd 3 Doubles. A-Mak was 4 for 4 with 4 Runs and 4 RBI’s, as well as a Double and 2 Walks.

Junior Shortstop Brandon Butterworth and Sophomore Center Fielder Eli Serrano III both had 3 hits in the contest. Butterworth was 3 for 5, with 2 Runs and 2 RBI’s, hitting a Home Run in the Top of the 8th. Serrano III was 3 for 5 with 2 RBI’s and 4 Runs, hitting a Home Run as well.

Freshman Alex Sosa led the squad with 5 RBI’s, going 2 for 4, with a Home Run, 2 Walks and 2 Runs.

Junior 1st Team All-ACC Catcher Jacob Cozart was 2 for 5 with 2 RBI’s, 1 Run and 1 Walk.

NC State will play #6 seed Duke tomorrow night at 7pm on ACC Network. Technically, the Wolfpack could have lost this evening, and still advanced to the semifinals. After the Blue Devils defeated the Hokies 11-8 in their first game last night, all the Wolfpack need to do to advance to the semifinals is defeat Duke tomorrow night.

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NC State Picks Up the Most Votes in D1Baseball’s Staff Poll to Win the 2024 ACC Tournament

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D1Baseball’s staff each individually picked which team they thought would win each College Baseball Conference Tournament this week. Of the 11 staff polled, 4 picked NC State to win the ACC Championship this upcoming Sunday, which was the most votes any team in the ACC received. UNC and UVA each picked up two votes. Wake Forest, Duke and Clemson each received a vote as well.

NC State is the #3 seed in the ACC Tournament, and they will play their first game tonight in pool play against #10 seed Virginia Tech at 7pm on ACC Network., who lost 8-11 to #6 seed Duke last night. The Wolfpack will then play the Blue Devils tomorrow night at 7pm on ACC Network. The team with the best record coming out of pool of three teams will advance to the semi finals on Saturday.

 

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The Wolfpack are looking to win their first ACC Championship since 1992, and their 5th overall.

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Baseball America Projects NC State to be a Regional Host in the 2024 NCAA Tournament, & a Top-10 Seed

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Yesterday D1Baseball released their 2024 NCAA Tournament Bracket Projections, and they projected NC State to be a Regional Host, as the #11 overall seed.

Baseball America released their projections today, and they also picked the Wolfpack to be a Regional Host, and the #9 overall seed.

They project the Wolfpack to be joined by San Diego, South Carolina and Fairfield.

Projected Regional Hosts

  1. Tennessee
  2. UNC
  3. Texas A&M
  4. Kentucky
  5. Arkansas
  6. Clemson
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Georgia
  9. NC State
  10. UVA
  11. FSU
  12. Oregon St.
  13. Indiana St.
  14. ECU
  15. Oklahoma St.
  16. UC Santa Barbara

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