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#2 NC State Suffers Doubleheader Sweep to #12 Louisville

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RALEIGH – The second-ranked NC State baseball team suffered a doubleheader sweep on Saturday to No. 12 Louisville at Doak Field. The Wolfpack dropped game one, 14-10, and fell, 14-2, in game two.

The teams played a doubleheader due to heavy rain in the area on Friday evening, as the Wolfpack couldn’t overcome an early 9-2 deficit in game one and was unable to get around the hot Louisville bats in the nightcap.

NC State falls to 29-7 (12-5 ACC) while the Cardinals improve to 27-8 (12-5 ACC) on the year.

Quick Hits (Game One)
-The Cards quickly took a 1-0 advantage in the first. A one-out double and single put runners at the corners, and Logan Wyatt’s groundout to third knocked in the run.
-The Pack countered with a run of its own to knot the game in the bottom frame. Evan Edwards’ RBI double off the right center wall scored Jonny Butler after he led off with a single through the left side.
-The Cards re-gained its lead in the second on a bases-loaded error.
-In the third, Louisville took a 9-1 lead, as a three-run homer to right by Alex Binelas followed by Tyler Fitzgerald’s 2-RBI single up the middle and Wyatt’s 2-RBI double to right field plated the seven runs.
Will Wilson hit a leadoff homer to left, his team-tying 10th of the year, to get one back in the home half of the third.
-In the fifth, Wilson and Bailey launched back-to-back solo shots over the left field wall on two outs to cut the Pack’s deficit to 9-4.
-Louisville extended its lead to 12-4 in the sixth with three runs on four hits and a pair of Wolfpack errors.
-NC State tacked on a run in the sixth when Jonny Butler drove pinch runner Terrell Tatum home on a single up the middle. Luca Tresh led off the side with a single to the second baseman, and Tatum moved into scoring position on a passed ball after he entered the game.
-The Wolfpack had a four-run burst on three hits in the seventh to pull back within three of the Cards. The inning was started by Tyler McDonough’s two-RBI single after Bailey and Edwards walked to start the side. Pinch hitter Marek Chlup’s RBI triple to center and David Vazquez’s sac fly to left scored the other two runs of the frame.
-A two-run double by Binelas in the eighth extended Louisville’s lead to 14-9.
-Once again, NC State continued to cut down its deficit in the eighth, as Chlup’s sac fly to deep left field plated Edwards after he led off with a triple to center.
-Both teams went in order in the ninth, and the score held to give the Cards the first game of the series.

Inside The Box Score (Game One)
-Butler (2-for-5), Wilson (2-for-4) and Edwards (2-for-3) all turned in multi-hit performances, while Wilson, McDonough and Chlup all drove in two runs apiece.
-Bailey and Edwards extended their reached base streak to 35, and Edwards extended his hit streak to 16.
-Starter Jason Parker (3-2) was charged with the loss after going five complete.

Quick Hits (Game Two)
-The Cards opened the scoring in the third with a pair of runs on Zeke Pinkham’s triple to left center and Jake Snider’s single to right field.
-Louisville plated seven runs on eight hits in the fourth to extend its lead to nine.
-UL scored another three runs in the sixth via a solo shot and RBI double to right, as well as an RBI groundout to second.
-The Pack avoided the shutout with Tresh’s two-run blast to left field in the sixth after McDonough reached via a one-out single through the left side.
-The Cards tacked on its final two runs in the seventh on Fitzgerald’s sac fly to center field and Wyatt’s RBI groundout to third base.

Inside The Box Score (Game Two)
-The team tallied seven hits in the contest, led by McDonough’s 3-for-4 performance.
-Started Reid Johnston (5-1) was credited with the loss after going 3.1 innings.

On Deck
NC State and Louisville will play the series finale Sunday at 1 p.m. at Doak Field, and the contest will be broadcast live on the ACC Network Extra.

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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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NC State’s Tyler McDonough Tabbed Perfect Game Freshman All-American

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RALEIGH – Tyler McDonough of the NC State baseball team collected first team freshman All-America honors from Perfect Game on Thursday.

An All-ACC Second Team and ACC All-Freshman selection, this is the second All-America nod of his career as he was also recently named to Collegiate Baseball’s list.

A Liberty Township, Ohio, native, he led the team and all freshmen in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 80 hits, including 25 multi-hit performances. He started 60 games in center field and compiled a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

McDonough turned in three four-hit outings in ACC play, highlighted by his 4-for-5 showing vs. Wake Forest on April 20 when he was a single shy of hitting for the cycle. He also went 4-for-5 on March 10 vs. Pittsburgh and March 15 vs. then-No. 1 Florida State.

Additionally, he finished third on the team with a .320 clip and 47 runs batted in while stealing a team-best 10 bases out of 12 attempts, as those numbers rank top seven among all freshmen in the ACC.

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NC State’s Patrick Bailey Projected as a 1st Round Pick in 2020 MLB Draft

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It looks like NC State could have players drafted in the 1st Round of the MLB Draft in back-to-back years.

Shortstop Will Wilson was taken by the Los Angeles Angels with the 15th overall pick earlier this month, and MLB.com projects that Catcher Patrick Bailey will follow suit.

Bailey is projected to be taken 8th overall by the Cincinnati Reds.

8. Reds: Patrick Bailey, C, North Carolina State
The class of the 2020 catchers, Bailey is a switch-hitter with power from both sides of the plate as well as solid throwing, receiving and blocking skills.

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If Bailey were to be taken 8th overall next year, he would become the 2nd highest drafted player in NC State history behind Pitcher Carlos Rodon, who was taken 3rd overall by the Chicago White Sox back in 2014.

The Wolfpack have only had 7 players ever drafted in the 1st round, and have never had players taken in the 1st round in back-to-back years.

Bailey hit .288 as a Sophomore this year, with 68 hits, 17 doubles, 10 homers and a .513 slugging percentage in 2019. Defensively, he committed just five errors in 476 chances for a .989 fielding percentage.

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NC State Trio Racks Up All-Region, All-America Awards

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RALEIGH – Evan Edwards and Will Wilson of NC State baseball collected All-America honors from Perfect Game and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), while the duo and Patrick Bailey garnered American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings Atlantic All-Region honors on Wednesday.

Edwards and Wilson were named to Perfect Game’s third team, while Wilson was tabbed a first team selection by NCBWA.

Wilson was named to ABCA’s All-Region First Team, while Bailey and Edwards earned second team honors. Wilson is up for consideration for ABCA/Rawlings’ Division I All-America Team, which will be announced June 15.

Patrick Bailey | So. | C | Greensboro, N.C.

Bailey has been the Wolfpack’s primary backstop with 60 starts on the season. He compiled a .288 clip with 68 hits, 17 doubles, 10 homers and a .513 slugging percentage. Defensively, he committed just five errors in 476 chances for a .989 fielding percentage and has thrown out 33 percent of base runners attempting to swipe a bag.

This is the second-straight season Bailey has been named an all-region selection. He recently earned First Team All-ACC honors and was named one of 14 semifinalists for the Buster Posey Award, which honors the nation’s best catcher.

Last month, Bailey was announced to USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team roster.

Evan Edwards | Sr. | 1B | Greensboro, N.C.

For Edwards, these are the first All-America and all-region nods of his career. He was an All-ACC Third Team selection and taken in the fourth round of the 2019 MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins.

Edwards was one of two players in the nation this year to have started every game for his team and not commit an error, joining Cincinnati’s Jeremy Johnston. He also held a 35-game reached base safely streak and reached in 57 of a possible 61.

He led the team with 60 runs batted in, 51 walks and a .455 on-base percentage, and finished second in batting average (.330), runs scored (59), hits (76), doubles (17), home runs (14), total bases (139) and slugging percentage (.604). Additionally, he ranks among the top 15 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in all 10 offensive categories.

Will Wilson | Jr. | SS | Kings Mountain, N.C.

For Wilson, these are his third and fourth All-America honors of the 2019 season as he was recently named to Collegiate Baseball’s second team and Baseball America’s first team. Additionally, this is the first all-region mention of his career.

Last week, Wilson was drafted as the No. 15 overall pick to the Los Angeles Angels, becoming the first Wolfpack player to go in the first round since the duo of Carlos Rodon and Trea Turner in 2014.

In addition to his national success, Wilson was recently was named one of five finalists for the Brooks Wallace Award (given to the nation’s best shortstop) and collected ACC Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-ACC honors last month.

This season he led the team with a .335 batting average, 20 doubles, 16 home runs and a .661 slugging percentage, and those numbers rank top 15 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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