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