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#1 NC State’s Offense Erupts in 21-2 Rout Against Elon

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Top-ranked NC State baseball scored in each of the first seven innings and tied a season-high with three home runs to cruise past the Elon Phoenix, 21-2, Tuesday evening at Doak Field at Dail Park.

With the win, the Wolfpack moves to 24-1 on the year and continues to lead the nation in wins and winning percentage (.960). NC State completes the series sweep against Elon, as the Pack won the first meeting between the teams on Feb. 19, 5-0. Elon falls to 13-12.

Junior Alec Barger turned in the best outing of his NC State career to earn his second win of the season, as he fired five innings and struck out a career-best 10 batters. He struck out the side in the second and the fifth. Classmate Mathieu Gauthier threw three innings to close out the game on the mound, earning his second career save.

Elon starter Mason Daniels was charged with the loss, allowing three earned runs in an inning of work.

Avent’s Additions

“I thought we played very well,” said head coach Elliott Avent. “Tomorrow we’ve got to play a very good N.C. A&T team that beat South Carolina tonight (2-0). We played very well tonight and I’m really proud of the guys.

“I though their focus was outstanding after having a day off yesterday. I thought Alec Barger set the tone for us on the mound. That’s a good Elon team. We played them a month ago and it was 1-0 heading to the top of the eighth. They’re probably going to win their league of have a great chance, so it shows how very well we played.”

Quick Hits

– The Wolfpack struck first in the contest, as Evan Edwards launched his team-leading eighth home run of the season.

– After a walk from Will Wilson and a single to right field, the senior first baseman clubbed a three-run blast on the 0-1 pitch.

– NC State tallied its 15th ‘big inning’ of the season in the second, as the Wolfpack pushed across seven runs in the frame.

– Wilson had the big hit in the inning, as he belted his seventh long ball of the year to give NCSU a 6-0 lead.

– Four walks, a hit-by-pitch and a two-RBI single to left center off the bat of David Vazquez extended the NC State margin to 10-0.

– Edwards hit a bases-clearing double in the third to set a career-high with six RBI, as the Wolfpack countered after Elon scored a run in the top half.

– Wilson tallied two more RBI in the fourth on a single up the middle and a Lawson McArthur double and a groundout from Vojtech Mensik extended NC State’s advantage to 17-2.

– Freshman Marek Chlup crushed his first career homer on the first pitch of the Wolfpack sixth, sending the delivery over the left field wall.

– Devonte Brown was hit-by-pitch with the base loaded in the seventh to drive in another run.

– Following a lineup change resulting in the loss of the Pack’s designated hitter, junior pitcher Mathieur Gauthier stepped to the plate and singled through the right side in his first career plate appearance to make it 21-2 in favor of NC State.

Inside the Box Score
– The 21 runs are tied for the most that NC State has scored in a game this season, as the Wolfpack also reached the tally in game two of the Pitt series.

– The Pack capitalized on 12 walks in the contest and five hit-by-pitch to push the margin to 21-2, despite tallying 13 hits in the contest.

– NC State’s three home runs equal the mark achieved against Bucknell in the series finale.

– Edwards was 2-for-2 with six RBI, while Wilson was 2-for-3 with four RBI. Vazquez also contributed a multi-hit game, as he tallied a pair of hits, scored three times and drove in two.

– Bailey turned in a 2-for-3 showing with three runs scored, while McArthur recorded a 2-for-5 performance with a run and an RBI.

– Bailey and Edwards each reached base safely and have done so in every game this season.

On the Mound

– Barger was stellar on the mound, as he fired five innings yielding six hits (all singles) and did not walk a batter with 10 strikeouts. That total is tied with Jason Parker for the most by an NC pitcher this season.

– Freshman Andrew Tillery relieved him and struck out the side in the sixth, before handing it over to Gauthier.

– The junior threw the final three innings, allowing just one and matched his career-high in strikeouts with six.

– NC State pitchers fanned a season-high 19 batters and only walked one.

On Deck

NC State will return to action on Wednesday evening, as the Wolfpack travels to First National Bank Field to take on N.C. A&T. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

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Duke Defeats NC State 8-1, Knocking the Wolfpack out of the 2024 ACC Tournament

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#3 seed NC State fell to Duke this evening 8-1, and as a result, the Wolfpack have been knocked out of the 2024 ACC Baseball Tournament. NC State entered the conference tournament as one of the hottest teams in the country, but they simply couldn’t muster any offense this evening.

Sam Highfill was flawless through the first 4 innings, but the Senior gave up 2 Home Runs in the 5th, with one of them being a Grand Slam.

The Blue Devils pitching staff shut down a Wolfpack offense that scored 19 runs last night against Virginia Tech, holding NC State to 1 run on 5 hits. Junior Catcher Jacob Cozart provided the Wolfpack with their only RBI of the evening.

Unfortunately, despite a ton of momentum, NC State is still left wanting, failing to win an ACC Championship since 1992.

 

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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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