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#13 NC State Defeats Tennessee Tech, 10-6

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RALEIGH – Thanks to Luca Tresh’s three-run homer in the seventh inning along with insurance runs from Jonny Butler’s two-RBI double in the eighth, the No. 13 NC State baseball team overcame a late two-run deficit to defeat Tennessee Tech, 10-6, on Tuesday evening at Doak Field at Dail Park.

The Wolfpack improves to 32-10 on the year while the Golden Eagles, a team that was one win away from reaching the College World Series in 2018, move to 17-21 on the year.

Tuesday’s victory marked the 16th time this season that the Pack has fought back from a deficit at some point to win a game.


Avent’s Additions

“You can tell Tennessee Tech is a tough-minded team who’s been to some places and done some things,” said head coach Elliott Avent. “I think they’ve gone through some injuries but are getting those guys back and have sustained it. They’re a team that was one win away from Omaha last year and was the talk of the nation.

“They’re well-coached and are a very good ball club. They have three to four very good players up at the top of their lineup that can really hit. Jacob Cole pitched really well for them, and (Luca) Tresh came up with a big hit for us because he was pounding the strike zone.”

Quick Hits

-The Golden Eagles took a 2-0 lead in its first two at-bats of the game, as Hunter Higdon drew a leadoff walk and Kevin Strohschein followed up with a home run to left field.

-NC State got a run back in the second on Butler’s sac fly to center field, scoring J.T. Jarrett after he drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on Dillon Cooper’s base hit to right field.

-Another walk and home run by Anthony Carrera on two outs in the third inning gave the Golden Eagles a 4-1 advantage.

-The Pack knotted the game up at four in the bottom frame. Evan Edwards trotted home for the first run of the side on a wild pitch after drawing a leadoff walk and advancing to third on Patrick Bailey’s single to center field.

-Tresh knocked in Bailey with a single up the middle, and Jarrett’s bases-loaded sac fly to center field plated Tresh.

-John Dyer and Carrera started the fifth inning with a single up the middle and double down the right field line, and Gavin Johns drove them both in with a single to left center to give the Golden Eagles their lead back.

-Tresh came up clutch in the seventh with his fifth homer of the year to give the Pack its first lead of the game. Tyler McDonough’s leadoff single followed by an error on a fielder’s choice put runners on base, allowing the freshman to give his team the 7-6 advantage.

-Butler provided the insurance runs in the eighth when he ripped a two-run double down the right field line, scoring Jarrett and Cooper after they led off the side with a pair of singles.

-After driving in two, Butler scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch to tack on a run of his own in the frame.

Inside The Box Score

-Tyler McDonough tallied his team-leading 21st multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 at the plate.

-Tresh matched his career-best outing with a 2-for-3 performance while batting in a career-high four runs.

-Cooper additionally put together a solid offensive performance in just his second start of the season, going 2-for-4.

-Butler tallied a career-best three RBI on the night with his sac fly and two-run double.

On The Mound

-Six Wolfpack pitchers combined for the win, led by another standout performance from Nick Swiney. He collected his fourth win of the season out of the bullpen, throwing 3.2 innings and allowing just one batter to reach base on a walk, while matching his career high in strikeouts with eight.

-Alec Barger tossed the final inning, issuing one walk while fanning two.

On Deck

NC State will travel to Notre Dame this weekend for a three-game series at Frank Eck Stadium. The teams will play Friday ay 6 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., and all three games will be broadcast live on the ACC Network Extra with a free radio stream on WKNC 88.1 FM.

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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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