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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 Releases 2020 Baseball Schedule

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The NC State 2020 Baseball schedule was released today.

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The schedule features 23 games against 2019 NCAA Tournament opponents, including three-game series at Florida State and Louisville, who both advanced to the College World Series last season. The Wolfpack’s slate additionally features 13 opponents and a combined 31 games against teams that finished the 2019 season among the top 100 of the NCAA RPI.

NC State’s nonconference schedule is highlighted by games against Iowa, Minnesota and Purdue Feb. 28-March 1 at the US Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings. The weekend in Minneapolis is a part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Pack will also play a pair of games at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, N.C., home of the Charlotte Knights, AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, against Charlotte and South Carolina March 18 and 24, respectively. (GoPack)

NC State finished the 2019 season with a 42-19 record, and a 18-12 conference record. They finished the regular season ranked 13th nationally, and 3rd in the ACC.

The Wolfpack finished the year ranked 21st in the final Collegiate Baseball Rankings.

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J. Cole Wears NC State Baseball Jersey in New Music Video

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Rapper J. Cole released the music video to his new song “Under the Sun” yesterday, and he is wearing an NC State baseball jersey in it. Cole, a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, has been a frequent visitor at NC State since Dennis Smith Jr. came to Raleigh in 2016. He attended quite a few of Smith’s games in PNC Arena.

Since then, Cole has continued to come back to Raleigh, and has played quite a few games of pick-up basketball in the Dail Center.

You can buy the jersey that J Cole is wearing online at the Red and White Shop, but currently every size is sold out besides 3XL.

(Warning: The music video below has explicit language)

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BA: NC State’s Thayer Thomas Ranks as College Football’s 4th Best Baseball Player

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Baseball America recently ranked College Football’s best Baseball players, and NC State Wide Receiver Thayer Thomas ranked 4th.

4. Thayer Thomas, North Carolina State

Thomas had a big redshirt freshman year for the Wolfpack. In the fall, he was a backup wide receiver and caught 34 passes for 383 yards and three touchdowns, while also serving as NC State’s punt returner. In the spring, the outfielder hit .222/.364/.500 in 14 games and got drafted in the 33rd round by the Red Sox. He turned down Boston’s offer, however, and will continue as a dual-sport athlete at NC State. The former walk-on is now listed as a starter at wide receiver on the Wolfpack’s depth chart as NC State prepares to open its season against East Carolina. (BA)

Baseball America’s Top-10 Baseball Players that also play College Football

  1. Maurice Hampton, LSU
  2. Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss
  3. Cole Kmet, Notre Dame
  4. Thayer Thomas, NC State
  5. Lucas Krull, Florida
  6. John Rhys Plumlee, Ole Miss
  7. Justin Fields, Ohio State
  8. Feleipe Franks, Florida
  9. Trevon Flowers, Tennessee
  10. Jake Fromm, Georgia

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Six of NC State’s Eight Draft Picks Have Signed With MLB Teams

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Obviously Junior Shortstop Will Wilson and Senior 1st Basemen Evan Edwards signed their Major League Baseball contracts after being taken in the 2019 Draft.

Wilson was drafted 15th overall by the Angels, and couldn’t turn that down, and Edwards was out of eligibility at the collegiate level, signing with the Marlins after being drafted in the 4th round.

In total, NC State’s Baseball team produced 7 draft picks this summer, which tied for the 9th most in College Baseball.

Outside of Wilson and Edwards, 4 Junior NC State Pitchers also signed their Major League contracts.

Jason Parker (Reds) and Andrew Blake (Angels) signed on June 11th, Alec Barger (Atlanta Braves) signed on June 17th, and Michael Bienlien (Detroit Tigers) signed on June 23rd.

Redshirt Freshman Outfileder Thayer Thomas (Round 33/Red Sox) and Sophomore Left Handed Pitcher Evan Justice (Round 39/ Marlins) are the only two Wolfpack players drafted that didn’t signed a contract. The deadline was July 12th.

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