GREENSBORO, N.C. – No. 1 NC State baseball scored three runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back en route to a 12-3 win against N.C. A&T Wednesday evening at First National Bank Field.
NC State scored double-digit runs for the 10th time this season, as the Wolfpack plated a run in six of its nine at-bats. NCSU also hit three home runs for the second consecutive game and third time this season.
The Pack moves to 25-1 on the year, leading the nation in wins and winning percentage. One night after shutting out South Carolina on their home field, a very strong N.C. A&T team falls to 15-10 on the year.
Redshirt freshman Cameron Cotter was stellar in relief of starter Nick Swiney, as he fired a career-long 5.1 innings with a career-best five strikeouts to earn his second career win on the mound. Aggies starter Jeremiah Foster was charged with the loss.
“That’s a very good N.C. A&T team and I thought we played very well,” said head coach Elliott Avent. “You can look at their record, how they played against UNC-Chapel Hill earlier this season losing by one-run and their shutout win at South Carolina last night.
“I think we got off to a good start with Patrick [Bailey’s] three-run homer in the first and then Will [Wilson] hits a three-run shot in the second, so they get down and after playing a game last night, it’s tough to come back.”
On Cameron Cotter’s performance…
“[Cameron] Cotter came in and did an unbelievable job. I’m so proud of him, he’s from this area and to come in and do that in his first extended outing was outstanding.”
– NC State struck first in the contest, as sophomore Patrick Bailey launched a three-run homer over the right field wall following walks by Jonny Butler and Will Wilson.
– N.C. A&T answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning, but Cotter took over on the mound and induced a fielder’s choice prior to a swinging strikeout to end the inning.
– The Wolfpack tacked on three more runs in the second thanks to another three-run blast, as Wilson launched his eighth of the year to tie Evan Edwards for the team lead.
– Edwards started a two-out rally in the fourth, as he singled through the left side, stole second and scored on a single to center field from Tyler McDonough to extend the NC State lead to 7-2.
– The Aggies got a run back in the fourth, but from there it was all Wolfpack as the squad tallied the game’s final five runs.
– Vojtech Mensik hit his second home run of his NC State career in the fifth, a solo homer to left field.
– Following a walk, Wilson doubled off the top of the wall in left center, narrowly missing his second homer of the game, as Butler raced around to score from first.
– Bailey drove him in with a single to center field, as the Wolfpack opened up a 10-3 lead.
– An RBI single from Mensik in the sixth plated the 11th run of the game and passed ball in the eighth made it a 12-3 game.
Inside the Box Score
– Mensik led the Wolfpack at the plate, as he turned in the first four-hit game of his NC State career and just the sixth of the season by a Pack batter.
– Wilson tallied his 12th multi-hit game of the season with a homer, double and four RBIs, while Bailey was 2-for-5 with a homer, single and also recorded four RBIs.
– Bailey and Edwards each reached base safely in the game to extend their reached base safely streak to 26 games, as they have done do in every game this season.
On the Mound
– Despite a tough start from Swiney, Cotter entered the game and settled things down for the Wolfpack.
– Pitching in front of friends and family, the Summerfield, N.C., native turned in the longest outing of his career. He retired eight in a row at one point in the game.
– David Harrison relived him and threw two hitless, shutout innings and retired all six batters he faced.
– Nolan Clenney pitched the ninth and retired the side in order, highlighted by a strikeout.
NC State will return to action this weekend when the Virginia Cavaliers make their first trip to Raleigh since 2015. Friday and Saturday’s games are set for 6:30 p.m., while Sunday’s first pitch is slated for 1 p.m.
NC State Baseball Rankings Update After Another Undefeated Week
The NC State Baseball team is now 7-0 through two weeks of play, going 4-0 last week, defeating Coastal Carolina 16-4 on the road in a midweek game, and sweeping Belmont at home this past weekend (11-4, 7-0, 7-1).
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.
NC State Sticks at #21 After Opening Weekend Sweep
NC State’s Men’s Baseball team stayed put at #21 in the D1Baseball Top-25 after an opening weekend sweep of Wagner.
NC State also stayed put at #25 in the Baseball America’s new poll, and stayed put at #30 in the Collegiate Baseball Poll.
The Wolfpack will play Coastal Carolina on the road this Wednesday at
NC State Picked 3rd in the Atlantic in the 2023 ACC Baseball Preseason Poll
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.
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.