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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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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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NC State Signee Blake Walston Signs Contract with D-Backs

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2019 NC State Signee Blake Walston (6’4″/172) was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 26th overall pick tonight in the 1st round back on June 3rd.

There was some speculation on whether or not he would sign with the D-Backs, because he wouldn’t come cheap.

Many scouts believe that in three years, he could be one of the top picks in the draft.

We need to speculate no longer.

Walston will bypass college baseball at NC State, and begin his professional baseball career.

Walston’s signing bonus will net him $2.45 million of guaranteed money.

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NC State’s Will Wilson Named Consensus All-American

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RALEIGH – Junior shortstop Will Wilson of the NC State baseball team became the program’s first consensus All-American since 2012 after earning honors from DI Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) over the weekend.

Additionally, he earned second team honors on the College Baseball Foundation’s inaugural All-America list.

The Kings Mountain, N.C., native owns 11 All-America mentions in his career, the second-most in Wolfpack history behind Carlos Rodon. Rodon was the last consensus All-American prior to Wilson and earned 12 in his career.

Wilson was recently drafted by the Los Angeles Angels as the No. 15 overall pick and is currently with the Orem Owlz, the rookie affiliate for the Angels in Orem, Utah.

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