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#1 NC State Holds Off Boston College, 6-5

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BRIGHTON, Mass. – Despite the Eagles knotting the score at three in the eighth, top-ranked NC State baseball managed to once again find a way to win late as it held off Boston College on Friday evening in its series opener at Harrington Athletics Village in Brighton, Mass., 6-5.

The Wolfpack continues to lead the nation and Atlantic Coast Conference in wins, as it improves to 28-3 on the season and 11-2 in ACC play. The Eagles move to 14-16 overall and 5-8 in conference action. 

Additionally, the squad remains unbeaten on the road, improving to 9-0 in true away games.

Quick Hits

-NC State struck first in the second inning thanks to David Vazquez’s RBI single to right that drove in Brad Debo after he laced a one-out single to right field and advanced on a wild pitch.

-The Pack doubled its lead in the next inning on Evan Edwards’ bases-loaded groundout to second.

-In the seventh, pinch runner Dillon Cooperprovided a third run for the Pack when he scored on Jonny Butler’s RBI double down the right field line. Cooper replaced Devonte Brown on the base path after a leadoff single, and Vojtech Mensik’s sacrifice bunt moved him into scoring position.

-BC countered with a pair of runs in the bottom frame on an RBI single and bases-loaded sac fly to center field.

-The Eagles knotted the score at three in the eighth with Ramon Jimenez’s two-out RBI triple to right field following Cody Morissette’s one-out double down the right field line. 

-NC State responded in the ninth with three runs on as many hits. Vazquez walked and Cooper bunt singled to start the three-run burst, and Mensik plated Vazquez with a double up the middle.

-Jonny Butler was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Patrick Bailey’s base hit to center field followed by an RBI groundout by Edwards to the shortstop brought the insurance runs across. 

-The Eagles managed to load the bases up in the bottom frame with one out and the go-ahead run at the plate. The Wolfpack tried to get the force out at home, but a muffed throw allowed the runner to be safe, making the score 6-4.

-With the bases still loaded, an RBI fielder’s choice cut BC’s deficit to one, but the runner heading to third was caught in a rundown for the game-ending double play. 

Inside The Box Score

-The team tallied 11 hits in the contest, led by Butler (single, double) and Bailey, who both went 2-for-4 at the plate and drove in one run apiece.

-Bailey and Edwards extended their reached base streaks to 31 consecutive games.

-Edwards also extended his hit streak to 12 straight games. 

On The Mound

-NC State used eight pitchers in the contest, led by starter Jason Parker who went 6.1 innings. He allowed five hits, walked one batter and surrendered an earned run.

-Evan Justice picked up his second win of the season, while Canaan Silver tallied his first save of the year as he came into the bases-loaded situation and threw the final two-thirds of the game.

On Deck

NC State returns to action Saturday when it looks to take the series with the Eagles. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. at Harrington Athletics Village.

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NC State Lands a Commitment from JUCO Pitcher Landon Carr

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NC State has landed a commitment from Junior College Pitcher Landon Carr out of Gaston College (Gaston County, North Carolina).

Carr spent his first two years of college ball at Gaston College. This past season, he appeared in 18 games, with an impressive ERA of 1.88, a WHIP of 0.98, striking out 56 batters in 48 innings. Carr only had 16 walks in 48 innings. He finished with a 7-1 record, 2 Complete Games, and 4 Saves.

Over two years, Carr’s career ERA is 2.23 in 68.2 innings pitched.

He had previously committed to Campbell on March 21st, but was released from his NLI due to a coaching change on July 2nd.

Last year, NC State struck gold in the JUCO ranks, picking up Outfielder Josh Hogue.

This offseason, the Wolfpack has also picked up commitments from:

UTL Trenton Lyons (Ole Miss)

1B Matt Ossenfort (Vanderbilt)

OF Dalen Thompson (Campbell)

P Julien Piessel (UNCG)

3B Ryan Jaros (Georgia Tech)

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NC State’s Garrett Pennington Signs UDFA Deal with the Detroit Tigers

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NC State 1st Baseman Garrett Pennington has signed an Undrafted Free Agent Deal with the Detroit Tigers.

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Pennington made the most of his 1 year in Raleigh, after transferring from Wichita St. last offseason. He finished tied for the 2nd most Doubles in a single season in NC State history, and earned a spot on the All-ACC Third Team.

This past season, Pennington hit .350, with 27 Doubles, 18 Home Runs, 65 RBI’s, 75 Runs, with an OPS of 1.100.

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NC State’s Alec Makarewicz Signs UDFA Deal with the White Sox

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NC State 3rd Baseman Alec Makarewicz has signed an Undrafted Free Agent Deal with the Chicago White Sox.

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A-Mak had one of the best offensive seasons in NC State history. He finished with the most Total Bases EVER in a single season, with the 4th most Home Runs & Doubles. He also earned multiple All-American honors, as well as 2nd Team All-ACC honors.

Makarewicz, who transferred from ECU last offseason, hit .378, with 24 Home Runs, 25 Doubles, 84 RBI’s, 66 Runs, with an OPS of 1.191.

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The Twins Draft NC State’s Logan Whitaker in the 19th Round

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The Minnesota Twins drafted NC State Pitcher Logan Whitaker in the 19th Round of hte 2024 MLB Draft, with the 578th overall pick.

Whitaker tossed a total of 205.1 innings pitched over three seasons in an NC State uniform, finishing with a 10-8 record, 210 strikeouts and a 4.78 ERA in 46 career appearances with 38 starts.

The right-hander overcame multiple injuries during his Wolfpack career to become a weekend staple for the Pack. In 2024, Whitaker made 13 pitching appearances with nine starts, finishing with a 3-1 record over 59.0 innings pitched despite missing a month due to illness. He ranked third on the team with 69 strikeouts, sporting a 69-to-22 strikeout to walk ratio. The veteran right-hander allowed just 0.37 walks per inning and limited opposing batters to a .252 batting average against him.

Whitaker dominated opposing hitters in NC State’s fourth journey to the Men’s College World Series in program history, posting a 1-0 record with a 2.60 over 17.1 postseason innings. He led all NC State pitchers with 23 strikeouts in the NCAA Tournament and held opposing hitters to just a .161 batting average against him. In his final collegiate outing, he tossed 7.0 innings of relief in a College World Series game against Florida, allowing just two hits and one run with a career-high 10 strikeouts.

In 2023, Whitaker was the Wolfpack’s primary Friday night starter, making 15 starts in 16 appearances. He finished the season with a 5-3 record, 4.29 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP, tossing 79 strikeouts over 79.2 innings pitched. The Winston-Salem, North Carolina native earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors on May 22, 2023, after tossing seven scoreless innings while allowing just one hit with six strikeouts in his final regular season start of his redshirt junior season.

In 2022, Whitaker made 14 starts and 17 total appearances, logging 62 strikeouts over 66.2 innings pitched. He finished his redshirt sophomore season with a 4.73 ERA and notched his first career win against Longwood on Feb. 23, 2022, spinning five shutout frames.

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