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#7 NC State Defeats UNCW 14-7, Collects 30th Win Of Season

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WILMINGTON, N.C. – No. 7 NC State baseball collected its 30th win of the season on Tuesday evening with a 14-7 victory at UNCW’s Brooks Field in Wilmington, N.C.

After NC State jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first two innings, UNCW plated all seven of its runs in the fifth and sixth innings to trim its deficit to two. A four-run spark in the eighth and insurance run in the ninth, along with strong work from relievers Nick Swiney and Alec Barger, allowed the Wolfpack to come away with the win.

NC State improves to 30-8, becoming the first team in the ACC to reach the 30-win plateau in 2019, while the Seahawks move to 20-18 on the year.

Quick Hits

-NC State took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Tyler McDonough’s RBI single to right field drove in the first run after Will Wilson’s one-out walk and Evan Edwards’ double to left center started the contest.

-David Vazquez’s bases-loaded sac fly to center field and Terrell Tatum’s bases-loaded walk plated the other two runs of the frame.

-Wilson launched a two-run homer over the left field wall in the second, his team-leading 13th of the year, to give the Pack a 5-0 advantage after two innings.

-The Seahawks got on the board in the fifth with three runs on a one-out RBI single followed by a two-run double off the right center wall.

-In the sixth, Jonny Butler’s RBI double to left center and Brad Debo’s three-run homer to right field gave the Pack a 9-3 advantage.

-UNCW countered with four runs of its own though in the bottom frame thanks to Noah Bridges’ grand slam to right center.

-Edwards clubbed the team’s third homer of the night in the eighth, as he went opposite field with a three-run blast to give his team a 12-7 advantage.

-Lawson McArthur tacked on a fourth run in the frame with his RBI triple down the right field line, scoring McDonough after a leadoff walk and error placed him on third.

-J.T. Jarrett’s RBI sac bunt provided an additional run in the ninth. Vojtech Mensik took second on a dropped fly ball in right field and a dropped third strike passed ball allowed him to threaten.

Inside The Box Score

-Edwards led the team offensively with a 3-for-4 performance, highlighted by his 11th homer of the year.

-Jarrett also had a multi-hit performance as he went 2-for-2 with a pair of sac bunts.

-Debo’s long ball in the sixth inning was his fourth of the year.

On The Mound

-Starter Cameron Cotter (3-2) and David Harrison threw two innings apiece, not allowing a hit and striking out a combined five batters.

-Swiney and Barger were also effective down the stretch for the Pack, combining for eight strikeouts in the nine batters they faced.

On Deck

NC State will travel to Wake Forest for a three-game set Thursday through Saturday at the David F. Couch Ballpark in Winston-Salem, N.C. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and the series finale Saturday is slated for a 1 p.m. start. All three games will be broadcast 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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