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#17 NC State Downs Clemson In Series Opener, 6-1

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RALEIGH – No. 17 NC State baseball opened its series with Clemson on Friday evening at Doak Field at Dail Park with a 6-1 victory.

The Wolfpack jumped out to a 4-0 lead through two innings with two runs apiece in each frame, then Tyler McDonough’s two-run triple in the seventh provided the team with a 6-0 lead. The Tigers avoided the shutout with a solo homer in the ninth.

NC State improves to 38-13 overall and 15-10 in ACC play, while Clemson falls to 29-21 on the year and 12-13 against league opponents.

Quick Hits

-In its first two at-bats of the contest the Pack took a 2-0 lead, as Jonny Butler led off with a single to left field and Will Wilson followed with his team-leading 15th homer of the year.

-NC State doubled its lead to 4-0 in the second inning. Brad Debo got things started with his 13th double of the year off the left field wall, and David Vazquez’s one-out single to right field put runners at the corners. Dillon Cooper laid down a bunt single, which scored Debo for the first run of the frame.

-Butler then hit a grounder to Clemson’s third baseman, he tagged third and tried to turn the double play across the diamond, but the throw was errant which allowed Cooper to score.

-McDonough drove in a pair of runs with a two-out triple in the seventh to extend the Pack’s lead to 6-0, as Butler and Wilson started the frame with back-to-back walks.

-The Tigers avoided the shutout with Chad Fairey’s one-out solo shot to right field.

Inside The Box Score

-McDonough turned in his team-leading 23rd multi-hit outing with a single and a triple in his four at-bats.

-Wilson additionally went 2-for-2 with his homer and 16th double, which ties for the most on the team this year.

-McDonough and Wilson drove in two runs apiece.

-Vazquez tallied a pair of base hits in his three plate appearances of the night.

On The Mound

-Starter Jason Parker went 4.2 innings, scattering four hits while not yielding a run.

-Nick Swiney improved to 6-0 on the mound this year as he went a career-high 4.1 innings, allowing one earned run on one hit while fanning six.

On Deck

NC State will look to take the series Saturday when it faces Clemson in the second game of the weekend. First pitch has been pushed up to 12 p.m. from Doak Field at Dail Park. The game will be broadcast live on the ACC Network Extra and there will be a free radio stream on WKNC 88.1 FM.

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Six of NC State’s Eight Draft Picks Have Signed With MLB Teams

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Obviously Junior Shortstop Will Wilson and Senior 1st Basemen Evan Edwards signed their Major League Baseball contracts after being taken in the 2019 Draft.

Wilson was drafted 15th overall by the Angels, and couldn’t turn that down, and Edwards was out of eligibility at the collegiate level, signing with the Marlins after being drafted in the 4th round.

In total, NC State’s Baseball team produced 7 draft picks this summer, which tied for the 9th most in College Baseball.

Outside of Wilson and Edwards, 4 Junior NC State Pitchers also signed their Major League contracts.

Jason Parker (Reds) and Andrew Blake (Angels) signed on June 11th, Alec Barger (Atlanta Braves) signed on June 17th, and Michael Bienlien (Detroit Tigers) signed on June 23rd.

Redshirt Freshman Outfileder Thayer Thomas (Round 33/Red Sox) and Sophomore Left Handed Pitcher Evan Justice (Round 39/ Marlins) are the only two Wolfpack players drafted that didn’t signed a contract. The deadline was July 12th.

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NC State Produced the 9th Most Draft Picks in 2019

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The 2019 College Baseball season is over, but let’s take a moment to highlight the fact that NC State produced the 9th most picks in the 2019 MLB Draft this year. The 8 Wolfpack Draftees ties for 2nd all-time in school history (2017 & 2006), just one shy of the 9 selected in 2009.

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JR SS Will Wilson – 1st Round/15th Overall – Nationals

SR 1B Evan Edwards – 4th Round – Marlins

JR RHP Jason Parker – 16th Round – Reds

JR RHP Alex Barger – 17th Round – Braves

JR RHP Andrew Blake – 21st Round – Angels

JR RHP Michael Bienlien – 24th Round – Tigers

FR OF Thayer Thomas – 33rd Round – Red Sox

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NC State Signee Blake Walston Signs Contract with D-Backs

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2019 NC State Signee Blake Walston (6’4″/172) was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 26th overall pick tonight in the 1st round back on June 3rd.

There was some speculation on whether or not he would sign with the D-Backs, because he wouldn’t come cheap.

Many scouts believe that in three years, he could be one of the top picks in the draft.

We need to speculate no longer.

Walston will bypass college baseball at NC State, and begin his professional baseball career.

Walston’s signing bonus will net him $2.45 million of guaranteed money.

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NC State’s Will Wilson Named Consensus All-American

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RALEIGH – Junior shortstop Will Wilson of the NC State baseball team became the program’s first consensus All-American since 2012 after earning honors from DI Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) over the weekend.

Additionally, he earned second team honors on the College Baseball Foundation’s inaugural All-America list.

The Kings Mountain, N.C., native owns 11 All-America mentions in his career, the second-most in Wolfpack history behind Carlos Rodon. Rodon was the last consensus All-American prior to Wilson and earned 12 in his career.

Wilson was recently drafted by the Los Angeles Angels as the No. 15 overall pick and is currently with the Orem Owlz, the rookie affiliate for the Angels in Orem, Utah.

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