SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Despite taking an early lead, No. 13 NC State baseball surrendered a combined four runs in the fifth and sixth innings to drop its rubber match against Notre Dame on Sunday afternoon at Frank Eck Stadium in South Bend, Ind.
The Wolfpack moves to 33-12 on the season and 14-10 in ACC play, while the Fighting Irish improve to 19-23 overall and 12-12 against conference opponents.
-It took just three-at bats in the first half inning of the contest for the Pack to jump out to early 1-0 lead. Jonny Butler led off with a single to right center, then threatened at third on Tyler McDonough’s single through the right side. Patrick Bailey hit into a double play, but it allowed Butler to cross home plate.
-Four innings later, the Irish knotted the score at one. Starting pitcher Canaan Silver issued his first walk of the game to Jared Miller, who advanced to second on a sac bunt then scored on Zack Prajzner’s single to shallow right field.
-Notre Dame tacked on three more runs in the sixth to take a 4-1 lead. A pair of walks and base hit loaded up the bags, and Eric Gilgenbach’s single to left field followed by Miller’s sac fly to left field foul territory plated the first two runs.
-With runners at the corners, David LaManna drove in the third run on the very next at-bat thanks to his single to left field.
-The Pack put a runner in scoring position in the seventh and eighth innings, and a runner on first in the ninth, but couldn’t find a late scoring opportunity to battle back from its deficit.
NC State will open up an eight-game home stand Tuesday when it hosts UNCW at Doak Field at Dail Park. First pitch is set for 6 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra. There will also be a free audio stream on WKNC 88.1 FM.
NC State Picked 3rd in the Atlantic in the 2023 ACC Baseball Preseason Poll
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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.
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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