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#2 NC State Drops Finale against #12 Louisville

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RALEIGH – No. 2 NC State baseball dropped its series finale on Sunday afternoon, 6-3, to No. 12 Louisville at Doak Field at Dail Park.

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. 

Quick Hits

-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. 

On Deck

NC State will begin at four-game road swing Tuesday evening at UNCW. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. at Brooks Field, and the game will be streamed on the Seahawk Digital Network.

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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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