The Wolfpack suffers its first series sweep since April 27-29, 2018, to UNC-Chapel Hill, and falls to 29-8 (12-6 ACC) while the Cardinals improve to 28-8 (13-5 ACC) on the season.
-After two scoreless innings, the Cards struck in the third on Jake Snider’s sac fly to deep right field. Justin Lavey started the inning with a bunt single, and a stolen base and error allowed him to threaten.
-Louisville doubled its lead in the next inning on Henry Davis’s RBI groundout to first after a one-out single and double off the left field wall put runners in scoring position.
-Davis drove in his second run of the game in the sixth, as Alex Binelas scored on his single to right field after he hit a two-out double off the left field wall.
-In the seventh, Tyler Fitzgerald launched a two-out solo shot over the left field wall to give his team a 4-0 advantage.
-NC State got on the board in the seventh, plating a pair of runs on an RBI single and sac fly. Pinch hitter Terrell Tatum and Jonny Butler walked and singled, respectively, and Will Wilson’s groundout to the first baseman started the threat.
-Edwards knocked in Tatum with a base hit through the right side, and Butler beat the tag at home on Patrick Bailey’s fly out to center field to cut the Pack’s deficit in half.
-Louisville regained its four-run lead in the eighth with Lucas Dunn’s two-run single through the right side, as a one-out walk and pair of errors loaded the bases for him.
-NC State tried to rally in the ninth behind Wilson’s one-out solo shot to left field, but fell short.
Inside The Box Score
-Edwards led the team with a 2-for-4 performance, while Butler, Wilson and Marek Chlup each tallied a hit in the game.
-Wilson’s home run was his team-leading 12th of the year.
-Five different pitchers contributed to the contest, led by starter Canaan Silver who gave up two earned runs in 5.2 innings of work.
NC State Picked 3rd in the Atlantic in the 2023 ACC Baseball Preseason Poll
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.
The Doak is getting its renovation…and NC State fans aren’t exactly loving it
I was just about to write a piece about the Doak renovation going down.
— NC State Athletics (@PackAthletics) January 25, 2023
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…
— Allen (@BigalnRaleigh) January 19, 2023
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.
— Mississippi State Baseball (@HailStateBB) February 15, 2019
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?
School with a grey field and school with a glow in the dark basketball court meet on blue turf. Winning coach gets dumped with French fries. College athletics at its absolute best. https://t.co/crEKoeLKbX pic.twitter.com/Bpeod50Sy4
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 4, 2022
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) November 10, 2021
The worst basketball court in the history of the sport. Thanks a lot, Oregon. pic.twitter.com/842T5CYmIc
— Craig Miller (@junior_miller) January 30, 2022
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.
NC State Baseball is Ranked 21st in D1Baseball’s 2023 Preseason Poll
D1Baseball released their 2023 College Baseball Preseason Poll this week, and NC State is sitting at #21.
ACC Teams in the Preseason Top 25
6. Wake Forest
14. Virginia Tech
21. NC State
The Wolfpack will kick off their 2023 season with a 3-game series at home against Wagner on February 17th.
NC State’s 2023 Baseball Schedule is Here!
The NC State 2023 Baseball schedule is officially out!
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