SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The series opener between No. 13 NC State baseball and Notre Dame at Frank Eck Stadium in South Bend, Ind., was a back-and-forth contest with five lead changes and two ties, but the Wolfpack ultimately came up short, 5-4, to the Fighting Irish.
The Pack falls to 32-11 overall and 13-9 in ACC play, while the Irish improve 18-22 in the year and 11-11 against conference opponents.
-Evan Edwards put the Pack on the board first in the second inning. He led off with a single up the left field line and took second as the Irish left fielder was unable to field the ball cleanly. A pair of groundouts by Luca Tresh and David Vazquez allowed him to cross home plate.
-The Irish responded with a pair of runs in the bottom frame on David LaManna’s bases-loaded single to center field and Spencer Myers’ bases-loaded walk.
-In the fourth inning, Tresh launched a one-out solo shot over the right field wall to knot the score at two. It was his sixth of the year and second-straight game leaving the park.
-Notre Dame once again countered in the bottom half of the fourth with Jared Miller’s solo shot to right field, regaining its one-run advantage.
-After Dillon Cooper drew a one-out walk, Jonny Butler clubbed his second homer of the year to right center in the fifth inning, providing the go-ahead run for the Pack.
-In the seventh, three straight hits to start the side led to the Irish taking their lead back. A blooper to center field and bunt single put two on with no outs, and Jack Zyska’s two-run double off the left field wall drove the runs in.
-In the final two innings, the Notre Dame defense managed to hold onto its lead and allow just one Wolfpack runner to reach base.
Inside The Box Score
-Butler went 2-for-5 with two RBI, while Edwards went 2-for-4. Tyler McDonough, Tresh and Vazquez also tallied a hit to contribute to the team’s seven in the game.
-McDonough extended his reached base streak to 12 games.
-Reliever David Harrison (0-1) suffered his first loss of the season on the mound. He allowed two earned runs on four hits and fanned three in 3.1 innings of work.
NC State will look to even the series Saturday with the Fighting Irish. First pitch has been moved up 10 a.m. at Frank Eck Stadium in South Bend, and the game will be broadcast live on the ACC Network Extra.
NC State Picked 3rd in the Atlantic in the 2023 ACC Baseball Preseason Poll
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.
The Doak is getting its renovation…and NC State fans aren’t exactly loving it
I was just about to write a piece about the Doak renovation going down.
— NC State Athletics (@PackAthletics) January 25, 2023
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…
— Allen (@BigalnRaleigh) January 19, 2023
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.
— Mississippi State Baseball (@HailStateBB) February 15, 2019
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?
School with a grey field and school with a glow in the dark basketball court meet on blue turf. Winning coach gets dumped with French fries. College athletics at its absolute best. https://t.co/crEKoeLKbX pic.twitter.com/Bpeod50Sy4
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 4, 2022
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) November 10, 2021
The worst basketball court in the history of the sport. Thanks a lot, Oregon. pic.twitter.com/842T5CYmIc
— Craig Miller (@junior_miller) January 30, 2022
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.
NC State Baseball is Ranked 21st in D1Baseball’s 2023 Preseason Poll
D1Baseball released their 2023 College Baseball Preseason Poll this week, and NC State is sitting at #21.
ACC Teams in the Preseason Top 25
6. Wake Forest
14. Virginia Tech
21. NC State
The Wolfpack will kick off their 2023 season with a 3-game series at home against Wagner on February 17th.
NC State’s 2023 Baseball Schedule is Here!
The NC State 2023 Baseball schedule is officially out!
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