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No. 1 NC State Falls Short In Series Finale With Eagles, 3-1

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BRIGHTON, Mass. – Top-ranked NC State baseball was unable to overcome a late deficit on Sunday afternoon in its series finale with Boston College at Harrington Athletics Village in Brighton, Mass., as it suffered a 3-1 loss.

With the score knotted at one through seven-and-a-half innings, the Eagles tacked on two in the eighth and was able to hold off the Wolfpack’s threat of runners at second and third with one out in the ninth.

The Pack moves to 29-4 overall and 12-3 in ACC play, while the Eagles avoid the sweep to improve to 15-17 on the season and 6-9 in league play.

Quick Hits

-BC struck in the first on a bases-loaded sac fly to left field foul territory. The Eagles offense managed to load the bases back up with two outs, but Canaan Silver picked up his first strikeout in relief to limit the damage.

-Patrick Bailey knotted the score in the fourth with a leadoff homer, his sixth of the year, to right center.

-The score held for three more innings, as only a combined three batters from both teams were able to reach base in the stretch.

-The Eagles took back its lead in the eighth with a pair of runs on as many hits. Jake Alu’s single up the middle plated the first run after a hit-by-pitch and sac bunt put a runner in scoring position. 

-Following another base hit that put runners at the corners, pinch hitter Sal Frelick’s sac fly to center brought the second run across.

-The Wolfpack looked to come back with a ninth-inning rally. Evan Edwards led off the frame with a single through the left side and Tyler McDonough was hit-by-pitch, while Brad Debo’s groundout to second allowed the Pack to threaten with runners at second and third. The attempted comeback fell short though as two quick outs ended the game. 

Inside The Box Score

-Will Wilson collected two of the team’s four hits in the contest, while Bailey and Edwards provided the other two to extend their reached base streaks to 33 games.

-Edwards also extended his hit streak to 14.

On The Mound 

-Five Wolfpack pitchers made an appearance, led by Canaan Silver’s strong outing in relief. He didn’t allow a run to cross in his six innings of work and scatted a pair of hits.

-Cameron Cotter was charged with his second loss of the year after giving up the go-ahead run in the eighth.

On Deck

The Wolfpack will open a four-game home stand Wednesday when it hosts Coastal Carolina. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. at Doak Field, and the contest will be broadcast live on the ACC Network Extra.

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NC State Picked 3rd in the Atlantic in the 2023 ACC Baseball Preseason Poll

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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

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I was just about to write a piece about the Doak renovation going down.

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…

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.

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?

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.

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NC State Baseball is Ranked 21st in D1Baseball’s 2023 Preseason Poll

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D1Baseball released their 2023 College Baseball Preseason Poll this week, and NC State is sitting at #21.

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ACC Teams in the Preseason Top 25

6. Wake Forest

12. UNC

14. Virginia Tech

16. Louisville

19. Virginia

21. NC State

22. Miami

The Wolfpack will kick off their 2023 season with a 3-game series at home against Wagner on February 17th.

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NC State’s 2023 Baseball Schedule is Here!

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The NC State 2023 Baseball schedule is officially out!

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The Wolfpack finished the 2022 season with a 36-21 record, with a 14-15 record in ACC play, finishing 5th in the conference. NC State made it to the finals of the ACC Championship, and was criminally snubbed from appearing in the NCAA Tournament

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