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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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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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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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