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#17 NC State Clinches Series With 8-3 Win Over Clemson

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RALEIGH –No. 17 NC State baseball jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back, as it closed out its home slate on Sunday afternoon at Doak Field at Dail Park with an 8-3 victory over Clemson. 

It was a complete effort at the plate and on the mound, as the Wolfpack picked up its first ACC series win since April 6 (at Boston College) and sixth of the year. Including nonconference opponents, NC State was won nine series this season. 

The Pack improves to 39-14 on the year and 16-11 in ACC play, while the Tigers fall to 30-22 overall and 13-14 in conference action.

Avent’s Additions

“This weekend was big. Everyone’s fighting to get wins in this league and they’re hard to get,” said head coach Elliott Avent. “Every game this weekend was a dogfight, and everyone’s trying to do what they have to do at the end of the year. We want to start playing like we were earlier this year and a big part of that is injuries. We’re still missing a few but we’re close to getting everyone back.”

“I’m really proud of my guys. All three games were tough and all of them could have gone either way. We just found a way to do it.”

Quick Hits

-The Pack got off to a strong start, plating three runs in the first inning. Patrick Bailey singled up the middle with the bases loaded to bring the first run across, and a groundout double play and wild pitch tacked on the other two.

-Clemson got on the board in the second on Justin Hawkins’ RBI single through the right side after a pair of base hits on one out put runners at first and second. 

Dillon Cooper drove in Brad Debo in the fourth to extend his team’s lead back to three. Debo led off with a double to right center and threatened on Terrell Tatum’s fly out to right field. 

-NC State strung together three hits after a fielder’s choice to knock in three runs in the seventh. Jonny Butler drove in two with his double to right center, and after he advanced on an errant throw back home, he crossed home plate on Will Wilson’s single through the right side. 

-Michael Green’s two-run homer to left field in the seventh cut the Tigers’ deficit to 7-3.

-The Pack tacked on a run in the eighth thanks to Will Wilson’s double to left center, scoring Butler from first after he reached on a 1-6 fielder’s choice. 

Inside The Box Score

-J.T. Jarrett turned in a career-high 4-for-4 performance with four base hits.

-Wilson additionally tallied three hits in his four at-bats.

-The team’s 12 hits marked the 20th time this season it has put up double digits in the category.

-With the three doubles that were hit in the contest, the Pack has hit 119 on the year which leads the ACC and ranks top 10 in the NCAA.

On The Mound

-Four pitchers contributed to the win, led by Cameron Cotter who went 3.2 innings and allowed two earned runs. He matched his career best in strikeouts with five and improved to 5-3 on the mound.

-David Harrison got the Pack off to a strong start as he threw the first 3.0 innings and scattered four hits while yielding a run.

-Evan Justice and Dalton Feeney tossed the final 2.1 innings and combined to allow one hit.

On Deck

NC State will close out its regular season this week with a three-game series at in-state ACC rival No. 12 UNC-Chapel Hill. The teams will play Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Boshamer Stadium. 

The first two games will be broadcast live on the ACC Network Extra, while the series finale will be aired on ESPNU. There will additionally be a free audio stream on WKNC 88.1 FM.

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NC State Only has to Beat Wake Forest Tonight to Advance to ACC Baseball Tournament Semifinals…

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It pained me to write the title to this article.

#10 seed Wake Forest (31-25) beat #6 seed Florida State (35-21) 7-4 on Tuesday night, which means the winner of tonight’s game between the Wolfpack and the Demon Deacons will determine who goes to the Semifinals of the 2019 ACC Baseball Tournament from Pool C.

NC State’s (41-15) game on Friday night against Florida State truly doesn’t matter.

The Wolfpack holds a 122-62 overall record against the Deacs in the series, but fell twice up in Winston-Salem in April, including giving up a 7 run lead in one contest.

Wake Forest 1st baseman Bobby Seymour earned ACC Player of the Year honors, and was joined by outfielder Chris Lanzilli on the All-ACC 1st Team.

Oh, if I could count the ways Wake Forest has been the thorn in NC State’s side across all sports.

It’s been 27 years since NC State won their last ACC Baseball Championship (1992), and the Wolfpack have to go through a Wake Forest team they should beat in order to get the monkey off their backs (sound familiar).

In fact, it’s been 27 years since NC State has won a Baseball, Men’s Basketball or Football championship, regular season or tournament. That’s the longest drought out of all 65 Power 5 schools. Northwestern’s drought of 19 years is the 2nd longest drought

With #1 seed Louisville already out, the Wolfpack’s chances are even higher, but first they have to take care of Wake Forest.

Last year in the ACC Baseball Tournament, NC State was ironically the #3 seed, and ended up losing both their games in pool play against #10 UVA (4-2) and #6 FSU (5-2).

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NC State Baseball Finishes Regular Season Ranked 13th

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NC State’s Baseball picked up a series victory over rival UNC on the road this weekend (2 of 3), closing out the regular season with a 41-15 (18-10) record. The Wolfpack head into the ACC Tournament as the #3 seed.

The #Pack9 squad heads into the postseason ranked as high as 13th nationally.

While we wait for the NCBWA poll to be released, it looks like the Wolfpack will head into the postseason as a consensus Top-15 team.

Perfect Game – 13th (13th)

Baseball America – 13th (13th)

USAToday Coaches – 14th (14th)

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper – 14th (25th)

D1Baseball – 15th (17th)

NCBWA – ? (18th)

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Will Wilson Named ACC Defensive Player Of The Year, 4 From NC State Baseball Garner All-ACC Honors

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Junior shortstop Will Wilson was named Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year by the league on Monday afternoon, becoming the first NC State player to earn the honor.

This marks the second consecutive season that at least one NC State player has won a season award.

Along with Wilson’s award, who was automatically named to the All-ACC First Team, three other Wolfpack players earned All-ACC honors. Patrick Bailey was also named to the first team, while Tyler McDonough collected second team and All-Freshman Team honors and Evan Edwards was selected to the third team.

For Wilson, this is his third year being named to an all-conference team, while for Bailey it is his second-straight season collecting a postseason award from the league. Additionally, it is the first mention for Edwards and McDonough.

In his 23 years at the helm of the program, Elliott Avent has had at least one player tabbed to the all-conference team every season.

Will Wilson | Kings Mountain, N.C. | SS

ACC Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-ACC

Wilson has been a force defensively for the Pack this year, playing a vital role in the team’s league-leading .981 fielding percentage. He has made 50 starts at shortstop, missing six games due to injury, compiling a .972 fielding percentage with 117 assists and just five errors in 176 chances.

At the plate, he leads the squad with a .356 batting average, 19 doubles and 16 home runs, as those numbers rank top six in the conference. He also owns a .698 slugging percentage, which is the second-best in the conference and ranks 21st in the NCAA.

Patrick Bailey | Greensboro, N.C. | C

First Team All-ACC

Bailey has made 55 starts this year serving as the Wolfpack’s primary backstop. He followed up with stellar play in his sophomore season after being tabbed ACC Rookie of the Year in 2018.

Defensively, Bailey owns a .991 fielding percentage with just four errors while providing thump in the Pack’s batting order with 65 hits, 17 doubles, nine homers and a .516 slugging percentage. He started the season with a 35-game reached base streak and has reached safely in 50 total games this year.

He was recently named at Buster Posey Award semifinalist, given to the best collegiate catcher of the year, and earned a spot on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team roster.

Tyler McDonough | Liberty Township, Ohio | CF

Second Team All-ACC, ACC All-Freshman Team

McDonough has turned in a stellar first year with the Wolfpack, starting in 55 of 56 games, the most among all freshman on the team. He is one of two players, alongside teammate Evan Edwards, in the conference to appear in every game for his team and compile a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

The rookie leads the team with 24 multi-hit games, including three four-hit outings, and paces all freshmen in the league with 78 hits.

Evan Edwards | Greensboro, N.C. | 1B

Third Team All-ACC

Edwards has been a mainstay for the Pack as the only member of the roster to play at first base this year. He has reached base in 52 games this year, including a 35-game streak to start the season, and is the only player in the ACC to start in every game for his team this season and not commit an error.

The senior is on track to turn in the best season of his collegiate career, leading the team with 58 runs batted in, a .455 on-base percentage and 47 walks. He additionally ranks second on the squad with a .335 clip, 72 hits, 13 homers and 58 runs scored.

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NC State Draws Two Night Games in Pool Play in ACCT

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 2019 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Baseball Championship field is set, as NC State will be the three seed and top seed in Pool C along with sixth-seeded Florida State and No. 10 seed Wake Forest. The Wolfpack will take on the Demon Deacons Thursday and the Seminoles Friday, and both games are slated for a 7 p.m. first pitch.

This year’s event will be held in Durham, N.C., at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, home of the Durham Bulls, Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Louisville (43-13, 21-9 ACC) earned the No. 1 overall seed and will head up Pool A. The Cardinals will be joined by eighth-seeded Clemson (33-23, 15-15) and 12th-seeded Boston College (29-26, 12-18). Pool B features No. 2 Georgia Tech (38-16, 19-11), along with No. 7 Duke (30-24, 15-15) and No. 11 Notre Dame (24-28, 13-17).

No. 3 NC State (41-15, 18-12) is joined in Pool C by No. 6 Florida State (35-20, 17-13) and No. 10 Wake Forest (30-25, 14-16), while Pool D features No. 4 Miami (38-17, 18-12), No. 5 North Carolina (38-17, 17-13) and No. 9 Virginia (32-22, 14-16).

Each team in the four pools will play one game against each of the other two opponents in its pool Tuesday through Friday (May 21-24). The four teams with the best records within their respective pools will advance to Saturday’s semifinals, with the winners playing on Sunday in the ACC Championship Game.

Game times Tuesday through Friday are set for 11 a.m.3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday’ssemifinals are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., while Sunday’s championship will begin at noon.
 
Tickets are available by calling 919.956.Bull (2855), ext.3, or online here
                           
Regional Sports Networks from across the conference footprint and across the nation will carry all 14 games on Tuesday through SaturdaySunday’s noon championship game will televised nationally by ESPN2. All games will also be available via the ACC Network Extra. 
 
The ACC Baseball Championship FanFest will be held Saturday, May 25, from noon to 5 p.m.during the semifinals of the championship. The free event, located on Blackwell Street outside of the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and Historic American Tobacco Campus, includes live music, interactive games, student-athlete autographs, and giveaways. For more information, visit: https://www.durhamncsports.com/accfanfest/.

2019 ACC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
May 21-26 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, N.C.
 
Tuesday, May 21
No. 12 Boston College vs. No. 8 Clemson, 11 a.m. (RSN)
No. 10 Wake Forest vs. No. 6 Florida State, 3 p.m. (RSN)
No. 11 Notre Dame vs. No. 7 Duke, 7 p.m. (RSN)
 
Wednesday, May 22
No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 12 Boston College, 11 a.m. (RSN)
No. 2 Georgia Tech vs. No. 11 Notre Dame, 3 p.m. (RSN)
No. 9 Virginia vs. No. 5 North Carolina, 7 p.m. (RSN)
 
Thursday, May 23
No. 8 Clemson vs. No. 1 Louisville, 11 a.m. (RSN)
No. 4 Miami vs. No. 9 Virginia, 3 p.m. (RSN)
No. 3 NC State vs. No. 10 Wake Forest, 7 p.m. (RSN)
 
Friday, May 24
No. 7 Duke vs. No. 2 Georgia Tech, 11 a.m. (RSN)
No. 5 North Carolina vs. No. 4 Miami, 3 p.m.(RSN)
No. 6 Florida State vs. No. 3 NC State, 7 p.m. (RSN)
 
Saturday, May 25
Pool A Winner vs. Pool D Winner, 1 p.m. (RSN)
Pool B Winner vs. Pool C Winner, 5 p.m. (RSN)
 
Sunday, May 26
ACC Championship, Noon (ESPN2) 

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