RALEIGH – No. 20 NC State baseball went yard four times in its 11-3 win over UNCW on Tuesday evening at Doak Field at Dail Park, marking the most home runs the squad has hit in a single game this year to complete its season sweep over the Seahawks.
After building a 9-0 lead through the first four innings, the Wolfpack scored double-digit runs for the 15th time this season to improve to 34-12 overall.
Meanwhile, UNCW falls to 23-24 on the year.
-Dillon Cooper put the Pack on the board in the second inning with his two-run double to right center. Brad Debo ripped a one-out single to right field and J.T. Jarrett drew a two-out walk, and a passed ball allowed the pair to threaten for Cooper.
-In the third, all five of the Pack’s runs came via home runs. Evan Edwards and Patrick Bailey launched back-to-back solo shots on one out to double the Pack’s lead.
-Terrell Tatum then crushed a three-run shot to right field, extending his team’s lead to seven, after Tyler McDonough walked and Debo tallied his second hit of the game with a single up the middle.
-NC State tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning to take a 9-0 lead. McDonough took first on a one-out hit-by-pitch, and Debo drove him home with his third hit of the game, a double to left center.
-After Debo advanced to third on a wild pitch, Tatum singled up the middle to tally his fourth RBI of the night.
-The Seahawks avoided the shutout in the fifth with two runs on a pair of hits and error.
-In the fifth, Edwards went yard for the second time in the contest with another one-out solo shot to center field. He now ties Will Wilson for the most on the team this year with 13.
-Cooper trotted in on a wild pitch in the sixth after he laced a one-out triple up the right field line, extending NC State’s lead to nine.
-With runners at the corners on no outs in the ninth, the Seahawks added a run on a passed ball. After another passed ball put a UNCW runner at third, Tatum caught a line drive in right field and threw home to Luca Tresh for the game-ending double play.
Inside The Box Score
-Cooper was a homer away from hitting for the cycle, turning in a 3-for-5 performance.
-Debo also tallied three hits in his outing with a pair of singles and double, scoring three runs and driving in one.
-Tatum’s four RBI was a season high, and his 2-for-5 performance marked the fourth time he’s turned in a multi-hit game this year.
-McDonough extended his reached base streak to 15.
-Edwards’ pair of homers in his 2-for-4 outing ties his career high for a single game.
On The Mound
-Six Wolfpack pitchers combined for the win, as starter Cameron Cotter picked up his fourth win of the season in a predetermined rotation. He threw 2.1 innings, yielding just two hits while striking out one.
-Relievers Evan Justice and Kent Klyman both tossed 2.0 innings and fanned four batters apiece.
NC State will continue its eight-game home stand this weekend when it welcomes Radford to Doak Field at Dail Park. Friday and Saturday’s games are set for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch, while the series finale Sunday is slated to start at 1 p.m. All three games will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra and there will be a free audio stream on WKNC 88.1 FM.
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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.
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14. Virginia Tech
21. NC State
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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