RALEIGH – No. 20 NC State baseball opened its series against Radford on Friday evening at Doak Field at Dail Park with a 6-3 win.
The Wolfpack collected its second-straight win to improve to 35-12 overall, while the Highlanders fall to 23-22 on the year.
-The Pack opened the scoring in the third when Jonny Butler and Will Wilson laced back-to-back doubles on two outs.
-Radford countered with a pair of runs in the fourth on a single to left field and walk with the bases loaded.
-Evan Edwards gave NC State its lead again in the fifth with a bases-loaded 2-RBI double down the left field line.
-The Pack tacked on three runs on as many hits in the seventh to take a 6-2 lead. Wilson drove in Butler for the second time with a base hit to left field after he led off with a single up the middle and stole second.
-Edwards then reached on a walk, putting him and Wilson at first and second, and Patrick Bailey’s fly out to center field allowed them to threaten. Debo’s double to right field brought the pair across home plate.
-The Highlanders tried to make up its deficit in the ninth by putting the game-winning run at the plate on one out. A single and pair of walks loaded the bases up, and another walk on one out brought a run in, cutting the score to 6-3. With the bases still loaded, Kent Klyman produced two outs to secure the win.
Inside The Box Score
-Butler went 3-for-5 at the plate with a double and pair of singles, and scored two runs. It was his third time this year tallying three or more hits in a single game.
-Debo went 2-for-4, and both of his hits were RBI doubles.
-Wilson also tallied a single and double in his 2-for-3 outing while driving in two runs.
On The Mound
-Starter Jason Parker went six complete to improve to 4-2 on the mound this year, yielding two earned runs on as many hits.
-Kent Klyman collected his second save of the year behind tossing the final 0.2 innings of the contest. He entered the game with the bases loaded and the game-winning run on base, but fanned the first batter and produced a pop fly to David Vazquez at third base to hold off the Highlanders.
NC State will continue its weekend series with Radford Saturday at Doak Field at Dail Park. Due to anticipated inclement weather, first pitch has been moved up to 1 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on the ACC Network Extra. There will also be a free audio stream on WKNC 88.1 FM.
Photo CreditDefeats Highlanders, 6-3
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