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#13 NC State Drops Series Opener at UNC, 5-3

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – No. 13 NC State baseball dropped a tough one in the first of a top 15 series matchup with UNC-Chapel Hill, 5-3, on Thursday evening at Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Tar Heels jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, but the Pack erased its deficit in the third with three runs four hits. The score held for three innings, but a two-RBI triple in the seventh plated the go-ahead run and a leadoff homer in the eighth gave UNC-CH a two-run advantage.

The Wolfpack moves to 39-15 overall and 16-12 in ACC play, while the Heels improve to 38-15 on the season and 17-11 in conference action.

Quick Hits

-The Heels took a 2-0 lead in the first thanks to Aaron Sabato’s two-run homer to center field.

-NC State countered with three runs in the third to take a 3-2 lead. Will Wilson started a two-out rally with his single to right field, then back-to-back outfield singles by Evan Edwards and Patrick Bailey brought him home.

-Tyler McDonough’s RBI single up the middle knotted the game up at two, then a Tar Heel error gave the Pack the lead.

-In the seventh, Sabato drove in two runs with a triple to center field after a one-out error and fielder’s choice started the side. It was his fourth hit of the game for the cycle to give his team the lead back.

-Ike Freeman’s leadoff homer in the eighth gave the Heels a 5-3 lead.

Inside The Box Score

-Bailey, Jonny Butler and Wilson tallied two hits apiece, while Edwards and McDonough both singled in the contest.

-Nick Swiney (6-1) suffered his first loss of the season on the mound as he tossed 3.0 innings, yielding three earned runs on two hits.


On Deck

NC State will look to even the series with the Tar Heels Saturday at Boshamer Stadium. First pitch is 6 p.m., as there will be a live broadcast on the ACC Network Extra and 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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