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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 Picked 3rd in the Atlantic in the 2023 ACC Baseball Preseason Poll

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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.

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The Doak is getting its renovation…and NC State fans aren’t exactly loving it

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I was just about to write a piece about the Doak renovation going down.

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…

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.

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?

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.

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NC State Baseball is Ranked 21st in D1Baseball’s 2023 Preseason Poll

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D1Baseball released their 2023 College Baseball Preseason Poll this week, and NC State is sitting at #21.

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ACC Teams in the Preseason Top 25

6. Wake Forest

12. UNC

14. Virginia Tech

16. Louisville

19. Virginia

21. NC State

22. Miami

The Wolfpack will kick off their 2023 season with a 3-game series at home against Wagner on February 17th.

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NC State’s 2023 Baseball Schedule is Here!

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The NC State 2023 Baseball schedule is officially out!

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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

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