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#7 NC State Drops Series Opener At Wake Forest, 7-3

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Despite a two-run homer in the eighth and putting a pair of runners on with two-outs in the ninth in an attempted comeback, the seventh-ranked NC State baseball team dropped its series opener on Thursday evening to Wake Forest at the David F. Couch Ballpark in Winston-Salem, N.C., 7-3.

The Wolfpack moves to 30-9 overall and 12-7 in ACC play, while the Demon Deacons improve to 23-16 on the year and 10-9 against conference opponents.

Quick Hits

-After two scoreless innings, the Demon Deacons struck in the third with three runs on four hits and an error. Chris Lanzilli clubbed a two-out homer over the left field wall for the first run.

-Brendan Tinsman’s hard-hit ball off of Wolfpack pitcher Evan Justice, followed by an NC State error doubled Wake’s lead.

-With Tinsman on second after the error, Michael Ludowig knocked him in with a base hit up the middle. 

-NC State got on the board in the fifth thanks to Will Wilson’s sac fly to right field after Vojtech Mensik led off with a double up the right field line and advanced to third on Jonny Butler’s groundout to second base.

-Wake countered with a run of its own in the home half of the fifth, stretching its lead back out to three. A pair of walks and groundout to first started the threat, and Tinsman drove his second run of the night in on a groundout to third base.

-The Demon Deacons plated a pair of runs in the sixth on a bases-loaded two-run single through the left side, extending its lead to 6-1.

-A run in the seventh added to Wake’s advantage. Ludowig led off with a double to right center, and Bruce Steel’s single to right center allowed him to cross home plate.

-Luca Tresh trimmed the Pack’s deficit to four in the eighth inning with a two-run homer, his fourth of the year, over the center field wall.

-The Pack tried to start a two-out rally in the ninth with Patrick Bailey’s double down the right field line and Evan Edwards’ walk, but couldn’t push any runs across.

Inside The Box Score

-Mensik provided the team’s only multi-hit outing, as he went 2-for-4 with a single and double. It was his sixth multi-hit game of the year.

-Tyler McDonough extended his reached base streak to eight.

-Tresh’s homer marked the fourth time this year he has drove in multiple runs.

On The Mound

-Starter Dalton Feeney (1-1) was charged with the loss, as we went 2.2 innings and gave up an earned run on four hits.

-Andrew Blake was strong in relief for the Wolfpack. He threw the final 2.2 innings of the game, yielding an earned run on four hits while matching his career high in strikeouts with six.

On Deck

The teams will meet Saturday at 6 p.m. at the David F. Couch Ballpark in Winston-Salem, N.C., as NC State will look to even the series with the Demon Deacons. The contest will be broadcast live on the ACC Network Extra.

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NC State Releases 2020 Baseball Schedule

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The NC State 2020 Baseball schedule was released today.

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The schedule features 23 games against 2019 NCAA Tournament opponents, including three-game series at Florida State and Louisville, who both advanced to the College World Series last season. The Wolfpack’s slate additionally features 13 opponents and a combined 31 games against teams that finished the 2019 season among the top 100 of the NCAA RPI.

NC State’s nonconference schedule is highlighted by games against Iowa, Minnesota and Purdue Feb. 28-March 1 at the US Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings. The weekend in Minneapolis is a part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Pack will also play a pair of games at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, N.C., home of the Charlotte Knights, AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, against Charlotte and South Carolina March 18 and 24, respectively. (GoPack)

NC State finished the 2019 season with a 42-19 record, and a 18-12 conference record. They finished the regular season ranked 13th nationally, and 3rd in the ACC.

The Wolfpack finished the year ranked 21st in the final Collegiate Baseball Rankings.

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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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