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.
“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.”
-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.
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.
Nick Swiney’s Gem Ranks as 3rd Best Pitching Performance in 2020
BaseballAmerica ranked the Top-25 pitching performances of the abbreviated 2020 College Baseball season, and NC State Junior Nick Swiney’s performance against Purdue back on February 29th ranked 3rd.
Swiney pitched 8 shutout innings (career high), gave up only 1 hit, and struck out 15. The 15 strikeouts were the most in a single game since Carlos Rodon in 2014 (15).
3. North Carolina State’s Nick Swiney vs. Purdue—Feb. 29
8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 15 K
The lefthander dominated the Boilermakers on just 98 pitches as part of a great month on the mound. In all four of his starts in 2020, Swiney threw at least six innings, and he struck out at least 11 batters in three of the four. (BA)
NCAA Grants Spring Athletes an Additional Year of Eligibility
The outbreak of Covid-19 resulted in Spring sports being cut short. As a result, the NCAA has officially voted to “allow schools to provide spring-sport student-athletes an additional season of competition and an extension of their period of eligibility.” (NCAA)
In a nutshell, here’s what this looks like:
- Financial Aid rules will be adjusted for teams to have more players on scholarship, due to incoming Freshmen, and players that decide to stay.
- School’s will have the ability to use the NCAA’s Student Assistance Fund to help pay for students who use the additional eligibility.
- 5-year clock (4 seasons in a 5 year period) receives a 1-year extension.
- Increased the roster limit in Baseball to accommodate.
- While players are given another year of eligibility, they aren’t guaranteed a roster spot. They could have to use it at another school.
NC State Spring Sports
Men’s & Women’s Golf
Men’s & Women’s Tennis
Outdoor Track & Field
NC State Catcher Patrick Bailey Named Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball
Collegiate Baseball released their 2020 College Baseball Preseason All-American teams yesterday, and NC State Junior Catcher Patrick Bailey was named to the 2nd Team.
LHP Reid Detmers, Louisville
RHP Kumar Rocker, Vanderbilt
RHP Mason Hickman, Vanderbilt
RHP Jeff Criswell, Michigan
LHP Asa Lacy, Texas A&M
Relief Holden Powell, UCLA
C Adrian Del Castillo, Miami (Fla.)
1B Tristan Peterson, New Mexico St.
1B Spencer Torkelson, Arizona St.
2B Nick Gonzales, New Mexico St.
3B Alex Binelas, Louisville
SS Austin Martin, Vanderbilt
OF Heston Kjerstad, Arkansas
OF Ethan Wilson, South Alabama
OF Chris Lanzilli, Wake Forest
DH Aaron Sabato, North Carolina
UT Alec Burleson, East Carolina
RHP Emerson Hancock, Georgia
RHP JT Ginn, Mississippi St.
RHP Brian Van Belle, Miami (Fla.)
RHP Trenton Denholm, U.C. Irvine
LHP Jake Mulholland, Oregon St.
RHP Collin Liberatore, Indiana St.
RHP Tanner Burns, Auburn
LHP Doug Nikhazy, Mississippi
LHP Hayes Heinecke, Wofford
RHP Drake Nightengale, South Alabama
LHP Seth Lonsway, Ohio St.
RHP CJ Van Eyk, Florida St.
Relief Tyler Brown, Vanderbilt
Relief Alek Jacob, Gonzaga
Relief Nick Frasso, Loyola Marymount
Relief Garrett Acton, Illinois
Relief Brett Barnett, South Dakota St.
C Patrick Bailey, N.C. State
C Austin Wells, Arizona
C Griffin Lockwood-Powell, Central Michigan
1B Bobby Seymour, Wake Forest
1B Alex Toral, Miami (Fla.)
2B Justin Foscue, Mississippi St.
2B Brian Klein, Texas Tech
3B Anthony Giachin, Army
SS Casey Martin, Arkansas
OF Garrett Mitchell, UCLA
OF Hudson Haskin, Tulane
OF Tanner Allen, Mississippi St.
UT Casey Schmitt, San Diego St.
RHP John Baker, Ball St.
RHP Cameron Brown, Central Michigan
RHP Zach Hester, Samford
RHP Kade Mechals, Grand Canyon
RHP Chance Hroch, New Mexico St.
LHP Jared Wetherbee, Elon
LHP Rodney Boone, U.C. Santa Barbara
Relief Willie Weiss, Michigan
Relief Jason Ruffcorn, Oklahoma
Relief Michael McGreevy, U.C. Santa Barbara
Relief Joe Kruszka, Albany
Relief Michael Kirian, Louisville
Relief Grant Leonard, Iowa
C Hunter Goodman, Memphis
C Alex Webb, Jacksonville St.
1B Liam Hibbits, Va. Commonwealth
1B Maxwell Costes, Maryland
1B Sonny DiChiara, Samford
1B Trevin Esquerra, Loyola Marymount
1B Cuba Bess, Grand Canyon
2B Cody Morissette, Boston College
2B Landon Stephens, Miami (Ohio)
2B Nate Fisbeck, McNeese St.
3B Tyler Keenan, Mississippi
3B Raymond Gil, Miami (Fla.)
SS Zavier Warren, Central Michigan
SS Jordan Westburg, Mississippi St.
SS Nick Loftin, Baylor
SS Tyler Wilber, S.E. Missouri St.
OF Daniel Cabrera, LSU
OF Jordan Nwogu, Michigan
OF Colton Cowser, Sam Houston St.
OF Mike Antico, St. John’s
UT Max Meyer, Minnesota (CB)
At the end of his Sophomore year, he earned 3rd Team All-American honors by Collegiate Baseball, and Freshman All-American honors the year before.
Last year, Bailey hit .288, with 68 hits, 17 doubles, 10 home runs and a .513 slugging percentage. Behind the plate, he committed just 5 errors in 476 chances for a .989 fielding percentage, throwing out 33 percent of the base runners attempting to steal.
Currently, MLB.com ranks Bailey as the #21 2020 MLB Draft prospect.
Also, congratulations are in order, because Bailey got engaged yesterday.
Forever & Always 💍🥂 pic.twitter.com/7KD1lvUNmU
— Leigha Bruce (@leighabruce_) December 19, 2019
NC State Baseball Ranks 16th in Collegiate Baseball’s 2020 Preseason Poll
Collegiate Baseball released their 2020 Preseason Poll, and NC State sits at #16.
The Wolfpack finished ranked 21st in the final Collegiate Baseball poll in 2019.
ACC Teams in the 2020 Preseason Collegiate Baseball Poll
16) NC State
17) Wake Forest