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No. 2 NC State Drops Hard-Fought Battle With No. 24 Coastal Carolina

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RALEIGH – In a game that featured seven lead changes and five ties, the No 2 NC State baseball team dropped a hard-fought battle with 24th-ranked Coastal Carolina on Wednesday evening at Doak Field at Dail Park, 7-6.

The Wolfpack splits with the Chanticleers in 2019 after earning a 7-6 (11) victory in Conway, S.C., in February, as it moves to 29-5 on the season and the Chants improve to 23-11-1.

Quick Hits

-Coastal took the lead right away in the first with Jake Wright’s two-out solo shot to right.

-The Wolfpack countered in the bottom frame though to knot the score via Luca Tresh’s hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded.

-The Chants re-gained its lead thanks to Kieton Rivers’ sac fly to center field after a leadoff ground-rule double and groundout to second placed Cory Wood at third.

-Patrick Bailey’s leadoff homer in the home half of the third knotted the score back up, and Brad Debo’s based-loaded sac fly to right field in the frame gave the Pack its first lead of the contest.

-Coastal responded in the fourth with a leadoff homer, its second of the game, to right field to once again tie the game back up, and another leadoff homer in the fifth gave the Chants a one-run advantage.

-Tresh scored on a double play in the fifth to level the contest after a leadoff double and Debo’s single through the left side allowed him to threaten.

-Rivers’ RBI single up the middle in the sixth provided Coastal a one-run advantage after Wood drew a leadoff walk, stole second and advanced to third on a sac bunt.

-Evan Edwards went deep to center field to plate the go-head run in the bottom frame after Bailey reached base on a two-out single. It was his team-leading 10th long ball of the year.

-The score held for two innings, but Coastal’s Parker Chavers hit a two-run blast to ultimately plate the game-winning run.

Inside The Box Score

-Bailey led the squad with a 3-for-4 performance, as he belted his seventh home run of the season.

-Tyler McDonough (2-for-3) and Debo (2-for-4) also turned in multi-hit performances.

-Bailey and Edwards kept their reached base streaks alive, extending to 34 consecutive games, while Edwards extended his hit streak to 15.

On The Mound

-Nine Wolfpack pitchers made an appearance in the game, led by Cameron Cotter’s 2.1 innings pitched as he yielded just one earned run on one hit and fanned four.

-Kent Klyman (5-1) was charged with his first loss of the season after giving up the two-run shot in the ninth.

On Deck

NC State will welcome its second top 25 opponent of the week, No. 12 Louisville, this weekend in a three-game series. The teams will play at 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Doak Field at Dail Park. All three games will be broadcast live on the ACC Network Extra.

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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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NC State Produced the 9th Most Draft Picks in 2019

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The 2019 College Baseball season is over, but let’s take a moment to highlight the fact that NC State produced the 9th most picks in the 2019 MLB Draft this year. The 8 Wolfpack Draftees ties for 2nd all-time in school history (2017 & 2006), just one shy of the 9 selected in 2009.

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JR SS Will Wilson – 1st Round/15th Overall – Nationals

SR 1B Evan Edwards – 4th Round – Marlins

JR RHP Jason Parker – 16th Round – Reds

JR RHP Alex Barger – 17th Round – Braves

JR RHP Andrew Blake – 21st Round – Angels

JR RHP Michael Bienlien – 24th Round – Tigers

FR OF Thayer Thomas – 33rd Round – Red Sox

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NC State Signee Blake Walston Signs Contract with D-Backs

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2019 NC State Signee Blake Walston (6’4″/172) was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 26th overall pick tonight in the 1st round back on June 3rd.

There was some speculation on whether or not he would sign with the D-Backs, because he wouldn’t come cheap.

Many scouts believe that in three years, he could be one of the top picks in the draft.

We need to speculate no longer.

Walston will bypass college baseball at NC State, and begin his professional baseball career.

Walston’s signing bonus will net him $2.45 million of guaranteed money.

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NC State’s Will Wilson Named Consensus All-American

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RALEIGH – Junior shortstop Will Wilson of the NC State baseball team became the program’s first consensus All-American since 2012 after earning honors from DI Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) over the weekend.

Additionally, he earned second team honors on the College Baseball Foundation’s inaugural All-America list.

The Kings Mountain, N.C., native owns 11 All-America mentions in his career, the second-most in Wolfpack history behind Carlos Rodon. Rodon was the last consensus All-American prior to Wilson and earned 12 in his career.

Wilson was recently drafted by the Los Angeles Angels as the No. 15 overall pick and is currently with the Orem Owlz, the rookie affiliate for the Angels in Orem, Utah.

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