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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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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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