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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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Nick Swiney’s Gem Ranks as 3rd Best Pitching Performance in 2020

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BaseballAmerica ranked the Top-25 pitching performances of the abbreviated 2020 College Baseball season, and NC State Junior Nick Swiney’s performance against Purdue back on February 29th ranked 3rd.

Swiney pitched 8 shutout innings (career high), gave up only 1 hit, and struck out 15. The 15 strikeouts were the most in a single game since Carlos Rodon in 2014 (15).

3. North Carolina State’s Nick Swiney vs. Purdue—Feb. 29

8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 15 K

The lefthander dominated the Boilermakers on just 98 pitches as part of a great month on the mound. In all four of his starts in 2020, Swiney threw at least six innings, and he struck out at least 11 batters in three of the four. (BA)

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NCAA Grants Spring Athletes an Additional Year of Eligibility

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The outbreak of Covid-19 resulted in Spring sports being cut short. As a result, the NCAA has officially voted to “allow schools to provide spring-sport student-athletes an additional season of competition and an extension of their period of eligibility.” (NCAA)

In a nutshell, here’s what this looks like:

  • Financial Aid rules will be adjusted for teams to have more players on scholarship, due to incoming Freshmen, and players that decide to stay.
    • School’s will have the ability to use the NCAA’s Student Assistance Fund to help pay for students who use the additional eligibility.
  • 5-year clock (4 seasons in a 5 year period) receives a 1-year extension.
  • Increased the roster limit in Baseball to accommodate.
  • While players are given another year of eligibility, they aren’t guaranteed a roster spot. They could have to use it at another school.

NC State Spring Sports

Baseball
Men’s & Women’s Golf
Men’s & Women’s Tennis
Softball
Outdoor Track & Field

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NC State Catcher Patrick Bailey Named Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball

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Collegiate Baseball released their 2020 College Baseball Preseason All-American teams yesterday, and NC State Junior Catcher Patrick Bailey was named to the 2nd Team.

FIRST TEAM
LHP Reid Detmers, Louisville
RHP Kumar Rocker, Vanderbilt
RHP Mason Hickman, Vanderbilt
RHP Jeff Criswell, Michigan
LHP Asa Lacy, Texas A&M
Relief Holden Powell, UCLA
C Adrian Del Castillo, Miami (Fla.)
1B Tristan Peterson, New Mexico St.
1B Spencer Torkelson, Arizona St.
2B Nick Gonzales, New Mexico St.
3B Alex Binelas, Louisville
SS Austin Martin, Vanderbilt
OF Heston Kjerstad, Arkansas
OF Ethan Wilson, South Alabama
OF Chris Lanzilli, Wake Forest
DH Aaron Sabato, North Carolina
UT Alec Burleson, East Carolina

SECOND TEAM
RHP Emerson Hancock, Georgia
RHP JT Ginn, Mississippi St.
RHP Brian Van Belle, Miami (Fla.)
RHP Trenton Denholm, U.C. Irvine
LHP Jake Mulholland, Oregon St.
RHP Collin Liberatore, Indiana St.
RHP Tanner Burns, Auburn
LHP Doug Nikhazy, Mississippi
LHP Hayes Heinecke, Wofford
RHP Drake Nightengale, South Alabama
LHP Seth Lonsway, Ohio St.
RHP CJ Van Eyk, Florida St.
Relief Tyler Brown, Vanderbilt
Relief Alek Jacob, Gonzaga
Relief Nick Frasso, Loyola Marymount
Relief Garrett Acton, Illinois
Relief Brett Barnett, South Dakota St.
C Patrick Bailey, N.C. State
C Austin Wells, Arizona
C Griffin Lockwood-Powell, Central Michigan
1B Bobby Seymour, Wake Forest
1B Alex Toral, Miami (Fla.)
2B Justin Foscue, Mississippi St.
2B Brian Klein, Texas Tech
3B Anthony Giachin, Army
SS Casey Martin, Arkansas
OF Garrett Mitchell, UCLA
OF Hudson Haskin, Tulane
OF Tanner Allen, Mississippi St.
UT Casey Schmitt, San Diego St.

THIRD TEAM
RHP John Baker, Ball St.
RHP Cameron Brown, Central Michigan
RHP Zach Hester, Samford
RHP Kade Mechals, Grand Canyon
RHP Chance Hroch, New Mexico St.
LHP Jared Wetherbee, Elon
LHP Rodney Boone, U.C. Santa Barbara
Relief Willie Weiss, Michigan
Relief Jason Ruffcorn, Oklahoma
Relief Michael McGreevy, U.C. Santa Barbara
Relief Joe Kruszka, Albany
Relief Michael Kirian, Louisville
Relief Grant Leonard, Iowa
C Hunter Goodman, Memphis
C Alex Webb, Jacksonville St.
1B Liam Hibbits, Va. Commonwealth
1B Maxwell Costes, Maryland
1B Sonny DiChiara, Samford
1B Trevin Esquerra, Loyola Marymount
1B Cuba Bess, Grand Canyon
2B Cody Morissette, Boston College
2B Landon Stephens, Miami (Ohio)
2B Nate Fisbeck, McNeese St.
3B Tyler Keenan, Mississippi
3B Raymond Gil, Miami (Fla.)
SS Zavier Warren, Central Michigan
SS Jordan Westburg, Mississippi St.
SS Nick Loftin, Baylor
SS Tyler Wilber, S.E. Missouri St.
OF Daniel Cabrera, LSU
OF Jordan Nwogu, Michigan
OF Colton Cowser, Sam Houston St.
OF Mike Antico, St. John’s
UT Max Meyer, Minnesota (CB)

At the end of his Sophomore year, he earned 3rd Team All-American honors by Collegiate Baseball, and Freshman All-American honors the year before.

Last year, Bailey hit .288,  with 68 hits, 17 doubles, 10 home runs and a .513 slugging percentage. Behind the plate, he committed just 5 errors in 476 chances for a .989 fielding percentage, throwing out 33 percent of the base runners attempting to steal.

Currently, MLB.com ranks Bailey as the #21 2020 MLB Draft prospect.

Also, congratulations are in order, because Bailey got engaged yesterday.

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NC State Baseball Ranks 16th in Collegiate Baseball’s 2020 Preseason Poll

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Collegiate Baseball released their 2020 Preseason Poll, and NC State sits at #16.

The Wolfpack finished ranked 21st in the final Collegiate Baseball poll in 2019.

ACC Teams in the 2020 Preseason Collegiate Baseball Poll

1) Louisville
4) Miami
13) UNC
15) FSU
16) NC State
17) Wake Forest

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