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#7 NC State Splits Doubleheader With Wake Forest

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – No. 7 NC State baseball split its doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Wake Forest’s David F. Couch Ballpark in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Wolfpack won game one, 4-3, but fell, 9-8, in the nightcap.

After the Pack took a 3-0 through the first two innings of game one, Wake knotted the score in the sixth to overcome its deficit. J.T. Jarrett belted his first career homer in the seventh to provide the go-ahead run for the Red & White to even the series.

In the rubber match NC State had a commanding 7-0 lead through the first two innings, but three-run bursts in the third, fifth and seventh by the Demon Deacons allowed Wake to take game two as well as the series.

The Wolfpack moves to 31-10 on the year and 13-8 in ACC play, while the Deacons improve to 24-17 overall and 11-10 against conference opponents.

Quick Hits (Game One)

-The Pack opened the scoring right away thanks to Tyler McDonough’s RBI single through the right side. After two quick outs to center field, Evan Edwards’ walk and a wild pitch put him in scoring position.

-A bases-loaded fielder’s choice and wild pitch with runners at the corners tacked on another pair of runs for the Pack in the third.

-Wake struck in the sixth when Bobby Seymour’s two-run double closed the team’s deficit to one after a pair of singles to left center on one out started the side.

-With runners at the corners after another base hit to left field, Michael Ludowig’s sac fly to left field knotted the game.

-It took just one pitch for the Pack to take its lead back, as Jarrett led off the seventh with his first career home run down the left field line.

-The score held as Nick Swiney was phenomenal in relief. Just one Wake Forest batter reached base in the final three innings of the contest.

Inside The Box Score (Game One)

-Jonny Butler (2-for-5), McDonough (2-for-4) and Jarrett (2-for-3) all turned in multi-hit outings and combined for six of the team’s seven hits in the game.

On The Mound (Game One)

-Starter Reid Johnston threw five strong innings of work before yielding the three runs in the sixth. Prior to the start of the sixth, he gave up just one hit and a pair of walks while fanning six.

-Swiney collected his third win of the year in relief, throwing the final 3.1 innings and surrendering just one hit while striking out six batters.  

Quick Hits (Game Two)

-The Pack picked right back up where it left off in game one with McDonough’s two-run homer over the left field wall in the first inning.

-A five-run surge in the second extended NC State’s lead to seven. With the bases loaded on one out, Wake’s second baseman fielded a Butler ground ball, tagged Jarrett heading to second, but his throw to turn the double play was wild which allowed two runs to cross.

-Patrick Bailey’s RBI single to right center and back-to-back doubles by Edwards and McDonough knocked in the other three runs.

-In the third, Michael Turconi’s one-out solo shot to right center and Seymour’s two-run homer to right field cut Wake’s deficit to four.

-Wake tacked on three more runs in the fifth thanks to Seymour’s third RBI of the game, a groundout to second, with runners in scoring position and Shane Muntz’s two-run homer to center field.

-McDonough drove in his fifth run of the game in the seventh with a double to center field after Edwards led off with a single through the right side.

-The Deacons managed to take its first lead of the game in the bottom of the frame. Chris Lanzilli’s RBI single to center field and a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch leveled the score, and another hit batter with the bases loaded gave Wake a one-run advantage.

-After a scoreless eighth, Edwards hit a one-out single to left field in the ninth to provide the game-tying run, but a 3-6 groundout double play ended the game.

Inside The Box Score (Game Two)

-McDonough’s 4-for-5 outing marked the third time this season he has tallied four hits in a single game. He also drove in a career-high five RBI and was a single shy of hitting for the cycle.

-He has reached base safely in the last 10 games and collected at least one hit in the last four.

-McDonough additionally leads the team with 20 multi-hit performances.

-Edwards also went 4-for-5 in the game, marking the third time in his career he’s accomplished the feat, and scored three runs of his own.

-Cameron Cotter (3-3) was charged with the loss after placing what proved to be the game-winning run on base in the seventh.

On Deck

NC State returns home Tuesday for a midweek matchup with Tennessee Tech. First pitch is 6 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park, and 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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