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#17 NC State Falls In Extras To Clemson, 4-3

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RALEIGH – For just the fourth time this season, No. 17 NC State baseball went to extra innings but ultimately dropped a 4-3 (10) result on Saturday afternoon at Doak Field at Dail Park. 

Clemson led for six-and-a-half innings, but the Wolfpack managed to tie it up in the seventh and force the contest to 10 innings. The Tigers ultimately came out on top to even the series.

NC State falls to 38-14 overall and 15-11 in ACC play, while Clemson improves to 30-21 on the year and 13-13 against conference opponents. 

Quick Hits

-The Tigers struck early with two runs in the first inning. Michael Green drew a leadoff walk and stole second to get into scoring position, and Grayson Byrd’s double to the left field wall drove him in.

-Byrd doubled Clemson’s lead in the frame, as he crossed home plate on Chad Fairey’s two-out single to center field.

-Will Wilson’s sac fly to center field put the Pack on the board in the third after Dillon Cooper led off the side with a single and stole second and third.

-Clemson extended its lead to two in the seventh. Greene reached on a 3-6 fielder’s choice following a leadoff single, stole second, then scored on Logan Davidson’s RBI single to right field.

-The Wolfpack responded with a pair of runs in the bottom frame to tie it up. Cooper brought in the first run with a bases-loaded groundout to first. With the bases loaded back up, a wild pitch moved the runners around the diamond.

-Just one batter reached base in each of the next four half innings, and in the 10th the Tigers plated what proved to be the game-winning run on Sam Hall’s single to left field. 

Inside The Box Score

-Tyler McDonough went 2-for-5 on the day for his team-leading 24th multi-hit game of the year.

-Jonny Butler, Patrick Bailey, Lawson McArthur, David Vazquez and Cooper each contributed a hit in the team’s seven on the day.

On The Mound

-Starter Reid Johnston went 5.2 innings and exited with a career-high nine strikeouts.

-Kent Klyman was charged with the loss after going 2.2 innings and yielding the game-winning run.

On Deck

NC State will close out its home slate Sunday in its series finale with Clemson. The Pack will look to clinch the weekend with the Tigers at 1 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park, as there will be a live broadcast on the ACC Network Extra as well as a free audio 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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