CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Trailing by two and down to its final two outs, top-ranked NC State baseball scored four runs in the top of the ninth to rally for a 6-4 win against the Miami Hurricanes Sunday afternoon at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
The win marked the first time that the Wolfpack has ever swept the Hurricanes. NC State moves to 23-1 on the year, leading the nation in wins, and 8-1 in ACC play, leading the conference in wins.
NC State has now recorded 12 come-from-behind wins, including seven when trailing after the sixth inning. Miami falls to 15-9 and 3-6 in ACC action.
Junior Michael Bienlien earned the win on the mound and is now 3-1, while Miami closer Daniel Federman was charged with the loss.
– NC State didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard, as the Wolfpack pushed across a run in the top of the first.
– Jonny Butler doubled down the right field line to start the game and scored on an RBI single by Patrick Bailey to give the Pack a 1-0 lead.
– Miami countered with a run in the second inning following three singles and threatened for more, but NC State was able to get out of the jam.
– With the bases loaded, sophomore Canaan Silver came in to relieve starter Andrew Blake and struck out the first batter before inducing a groundout to end the inning.
– The Wolfpack grabbed a 2-1 lead in the sixth following a single from Tyler McDonough and an RBI double off the wall in left center by Brad Debo.
– Miami pulled ahead 4-2 after scoring a run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly and two in the eighth.
– David Vazquez sparked the NC State in the ninth, as he reached on an error and Lawson McArthur followed with a pinch-hit double.
– A misplay in center field allowed Vazquez to score from first to cut the Hurricanes advantage to 4-3.
– Freshman Luca Tresh came off the bench for the Wolfpack and had one of the best at-bats of the game, as he fell behind in the count 0-2 before battling back to even the count and ripping a single to left field to put NC State runners on first and third.
– Butler singled to right field to drive in McArthur and knot the score at 4-4.
– An error by the shortstop allowed Will Wilson to reach and J.T. Jarrett to score, giving the Pack a 5-4 lead and McDonough walked with the bases loaded to push the tally to 6-4.
– In the bottom of the ninth, the leadoff batter walked for Miami but Bienlien got the next batter to hit a check swing grounder to Vazquez at third base and he started the 5-4-3 double play.
– Bienlien then struck out the next batter swinging to seal the win for NC State.
Inside the Box Score
– Butler and McDonough led the Wolfpack at the plate, as each turned in a pair of hits. It was McDonough’s team-leading 14th multi-hit game of the season.
– Six other NC State batters had a hit in the contest.
– The Pack compiled a .316 batting average with runners on base in the game, while limiting Miami to a .222 clip.
– NC State used seven pitchers in the game, as junior Andrew Blake made the first start of his Wolfpack career.
NC State will return to action with a pair of midweek games, as the Wolfpack hosts Elon Tuesday evening and travels to N.C. A&T Wednesday for a matchup held at First National Bank Field, home of Minor League Baseball’s Greensboro Grasshoppers.
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The Wolfpack remain ranked 21st in the D1Baseball Top-25.
The Wolfpack moved up 11 spots to #19 in the Collegiate Baseball Poll, up 2 spots to #20 in the Coaches Poll, and up 1 spot to #24 in the Baseball America poll.
NC State will host Longwood today at 3pm in their next matchup.
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The Doak is getting its renovation…and NC State fans aren’t exactly loving it
I was just about to write a piece about the Doak renovation going down.
— NC State Athletics (@PackAthletics) January 25, 2023
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…
— Allen (@BigalnRaleigh) January 19, 2023
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.
— Mississippi State Baseball (@HailStateBB) February 15, 2019
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?
School with a grey field and school with a glow in the dark basketball court meet on blue turf. Winning coach gets dumped with French fries. College athletics at its absolute best. https://t.co/crEKoeLKbX pic.twitter.com/Bpeod50Sy4
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 4, 2022
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) November 10, 2021
The worst basketball court in the history of the sport. Thanks a lot, Oregon. pic.twitter.com/842T5CYmIc
— Craig Miller (@junior_miller) January 30, 2022
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.