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#13 NC State Baseball Holds Off Notre Dame To Even Series

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – No. 13 NC State baseball held off a two-out rally in the ninth inning by Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon at Frank Eck Stadium in South Bend, Ind., to even the series with a 4-2 win.

The Wolfpack once again faced a deficit in the contest, but a four-run surge in the sixth along with holding off the late rally allowed the squad to earn a come-from-behind win for the 17th time this season.

NC State improves to 33-11 on the year and 14-9 in ACC play, while the Fighting Irish fall to 18-23 overall and 11-12 in conference action. 

Quick Hits

-Both teams managed to put at least a runner on in the first three-and-a-half innings but couldn’t find a scoring opportunity. 

-The Irish struck in the home half of the fourth in its first three at-bats. Daniel Jung led off with a double to right center and scored on Eric Gilgenbach’s one-out single to left field.

-A four-run burst in the top of the sixth allowed the Pack to take the lead. Tyler McDonough cleared the bases with a double to left center after a single and pair of walks loaded the bases up on two-outs.

-Evan Edwards drove in McDonough with a double to right center, giving the Pack a 4-1 advantage. 

-The score held for two-and-a-half innings, but in the ninth the Irish started a two-out rally. A one-out walk followed by a pair of two-out hits loaded the bases, and Spencer Myers knocked in a run with a single through the left side to cut Notre Dame’s deficit to two. 

-With the bases still loaded, Edwards fielded a ground ball and flipped to closer Nick Swiney at first to secure the final out of the game.

Inside The Box Score

-Edwards led the team at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance that featured two doubles and an RBI.

-McDonough extended his reached base safely streak to 13 with his 3-RBI double in the sixth. He additionally owns a six-game hit streak.

On The Mound

-Four Wolfpack pitchers contributed the win, led by Evan Justice (3-0) who threw 2.1 innings and did not yield a hit.

-Justice, Alec Barger and Swiney combined to allow just one Notre Dame batter to reach base from the fifth through eighth innings.

-Swiney tossed the final two innings to collect his first save of the year. 

On Deck

NC State and Notre Dame will play the rubber match Sunday at 1 PM at Frank Eck Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on the ACC Network Extra and there will be free audio stream on WKNC 88.1 FM.

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

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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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The NC State 2023 Baseball schedule is officially out!

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