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#1 NC State’s Offense Erupts in 21-2 Rout Against Elon
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.
“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.”
– 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.
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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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
Feb. 17 is right around the corner and #TheDoak is looking nice 👀 #Pack9 #GoPack pic.twitter.com/w64471DPFj
— 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…
Doak Field renovation coming along. Sod and turf almost completed #accbaseball #pack9 #ncsu pic.twitter.com/SYKgmSQZhi
— 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.
🔜 #NewDude pic.twitter.com/dCoqhCKxLI
— 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
Good time to remind everyone that Memphis’ basketball court should be fired directly into the sun. https://t.co/jXpDbPQ7Iw pic.twitter.com/htyMv4sAXD
— 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.