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.
-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.
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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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.
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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