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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 Picked 3rd in the Atlantic in the 2023 ACC Baseball Preseason Poll

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The 2023 ACC Preseason Poll was released yesterday, and NC State is projected to finish 3rd in the Atlantic.

NC State finished 5th in the Atlantic Division in 2022, with a 14-15 record in Conference play.

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The Doak is getting its renovation…and NC State fans aren’t exactly loving it

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I was just about to write a piece about the Doak renovation going down.

But while I was over on Twitter, I saw a ton of comments on it, all of them NC State fans, and almost all of them critical of the new look.


Look, I don’t know what’s going on here. Maybe it’ll look a lot better once it’s done, or maybe the grass will match up a lot better when it greens up. But right now, it’s a little jarring. Here is how it used to look…

And here is how it’s looking right now…

Again, I’m going to wait until it’s really done before I cast judgement, but I think the official tweet from the school marketing it and drawing attention to it, has people thinking it’s in it’s final form. And maybe it is. But I hope it’s not.

I remember this being shared a while back…

This shows grass in foul territory and dirt in the 1st/3rd baselines. So I’m not sure when this turf thing came along. And while we’re on the subject, aren’t we a turf management school? Shouldn’t we be turning up our noses at artificial turf?

Apparently, this is a thing now, where foul territories are artificial turf and fair territory is grass. Here is Mississippi State’s baseball field doing the same thing.

Can’t say I like it there either, honestly. It just seems like one of those fads. Remember when everyone was going crazy with field/court colors?

Did anyone ever really like those? Do people like them now? Have they ever gotten a recruit to come to the school? Have they ever scared a recruit away?

I don’t know. You tell me. I’ll hold final judgment, but things NC State fans don’t seem like they’re going to follow along.

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NC State Baseball is Ranked 21st in D1Baseball’s 2023 Preseason Poll

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D1Baseball released their 2023 College Baseball Preseason Poll this week, and NC State is sitting at #21.

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ACC Teams in the Preseason Top 25

6. Wake Forest

12. UNC

14. Virginia Tech

16. Louisville

19. Virginia

21. NC State

22. Miami

The Wolfpack will kick off their 2023 season with a 3-game series at home against Wagner on February 17th.

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NC State’s 2023 Baseball Schedule is Here!

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The NC State 2023 Baseball schedule is officially out!

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The Wolfpack finished the 2022 season with a 36-21 record, with a 14-15 record in ACC play, finishing 5th in the conference. NC State made it to the finals of the ACC Championship, and was criminally snubbed from appearing in the NCAA Tournament

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