BRIGHTON, Mass. – Highlighted by a five-run burst in the third and six-run surge in the sixth, No. 1 NC State baseball secured its fifth ACC series win of the season with a dominant 16-4 victory over Boston College on Saturday afternoon.
For 11th time this season, the Wolfpack scored double-digit runs in a single game to improve to 29-3 overall and 12-2 in league play. The Eagles fall to 14-17 overall and 5-9 in conference action.
The victory over the Eagles marks the team’s second-straight series win against BC, including its first series win at Boston College since April 13-14, 2013.
-The Wolfpack grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first. Will Wilson and Patrick Bailey both hit outfield singles on one out to put runners on for Evan Edwards. BC’s first baseman gloved Edwards’ grounder and tried to start the double play, but the ball hit Bailey in the back, which allowed Wilson to score on the errant play.
-BC responded with a pair of runs in the home half of the first to take a 2-1 advantage. Jack Cunningham drove in Brian Dempsey from second, knotting the score at one with an RBI triple to left field after a one-out single and stolen base started the inning.
-The Eagles took its first lead of the weekendwith Gian Martinelli’s RBI single up the middle that plated Cunningham.
-NC State re-gained its lead in the third behind a five-run burst. Tyler McDonough’s bases-loaded walk, followed by David Vazquez’s two-run single and Lawson McArthur’s two-RBI double gave the Pack a 6-2 advantage.
-Edwards tacked on two more runs in the fourth, extending his team’s lead to six with his ninth homer of the season. His nine long balls ties for the most on the team this year.
-NC State took a commanding 14-2 lead in the sixth lead thanks to a six-run surge on five hits and an error.
-BC got a run back in the home half of the sixth with a leadoff homer to right field.
-The Eagles added on another run in the eighth on Joe Suozzi’s RBI single up the middle after a walk and one-out single followed by a groundout to second started the threat, but their deficit was too much to overcome late in the game.
Inside The Box Score
-Bailey, Edwards and McArthur all turned in multi-hit performances, tallying eight of the team’s 13 hits in the contest. Bailey went 3-for-5 with two singles and a double, and Edwards went 3-for-4 with two base hits and a homer along with 4 RBI.
-McArthur additionally went 2-for-5 at the plate, and both of his hits were two-run doubles.
-Bailey and Edwards extended their reached base streak to 32 games, and Edwards extended his hit streak to 13.
On The Mound
-Starter Reid Johnston went seven strong to collect his fifth win of the season, as he allowed three earned runs on seven hits and walked one batter.
-Kent Klyman and Alec Barger closed out the game with an inning apiece, giving up a combined four hits and earned run.
NC State and Boston College will play the series finale Sunday at Harrington Athletics Village. First pitch is 1 p.m. as the Wolfpack will look to earn its third conference sweep, including its second on the road, of the season.
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.