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#2 NC State vs. #12 Louisville: Battle for the Atlantic

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Tonight #2 NC State (29-5) will host #12 Louisville (25-8) for a Battle for the Atlantic Division, beginning a 3-game series.

The Wolfpack boast the best ACC record in the Atlantic, and ultimately the conference.

NC State – 12-3

Clemson – 11-4

Louisville – 10-5

While NC State only holds a 1-game advantage over Clemson, winning their 8th consecutive series would put some healthy distance between them and the Cardinals in the standings.

Louisville was the preseason favorite to win the ACC in 2019. Last year the Wolfpack took 2 out of 3 against the Cardinals, marking the first time they ever beat them in a series.

Times: 6:30 p.m. (Fri.), 2 p.m. (Sat.), 1 p.m. (Sun.)
TV: ACC Network Extra

STARTING PITCHERS
Friday: RHP Jason Parker (NCSU) vs. LHP Reid Detmers (LOU)
Saturday: RHP Reid Johnston (NCSU) vs. LHP Nick Bennett (LOU)
Sunday: TBA (NCSU) vs. RHP Bobby Miller (LOU)

Tonight Parker will have his hands full against Detmers, who was D1Baseball’s Midseason Pitcher of the Year. Detmers boasts a 5-2 record, and a 1.65 ERA, striking out 86 batters in 54.2 innings of work. Parker’s 1.98 ERA isn’t shabby either.

The question of the weekend will be whether or not NC State’s bats can keep up with Louisville’s arms. The Cardinals boast the best pitching staff in the ACC, leading the conference in ERA (2.97).

Hopefully NC State’s balance will prevail, currently ranking 3rd as a team in batting average, and ERA. Louisville’s bats are mediocre in 2019, ranking 11th in the conference, hitting a measly .258 as a squad.

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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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