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#13 NC State Baseball Completes Late Comeback Over Demon Deacons, Advances To Semifinals of ACCT

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DURHAM, N.C. – In a wild comeback fashion with four runs in the ninth to erase its three-run deficit, No. 13 NC State baseball topped Wake Forest, 6-5, on Thursday evening in the ACC Championship at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.

With its 19th comeback win of the season, the Wolfpack advances to the semifinals of the tournament Saturday. The bracket will be set Friday afternoon following the conclusion of the Georgia Tech and Duke game.

NC State improves to 42-15 on the year to make its first ACC semifinal appearance since 2015, while the Demon Deacons fall to 31-26.

Quick Hits

-The Deacs broke open the scoring in the second, plating four runs on three hits and a pair of errors. With the bases loaded on one out, DJ Poteet’s 2-RBI single through the right side scored the first two runs. An error and sac fly to center field doubled their lead.

-After four scoreless innings, NC State scored two runs in the seventh on a 6-4-3 double play with the bases loaded and Brad Debo’s RBI double to right center.

-Wake Forest walked in a run in the seventh, extending its lead to 5-2.

-Facing a three-run deficit in the ninth, NC State put its rally caps on and went to work. Will Wilson led off with a standup triple that landed just fair of the right field line, then Patrick Bailey and Tyler McDonough walked to load the bases on one out.

-Debo came up with a clutch 2-RBI single to right center to make it a one-run game, and pitcher David Harrison came in to pinch run for him with runners at the corners.

-Harrison took second on a wild pitch, putting two in scoring position for the Pack, and then Terrell Tatum’s 2-RBI single to the second baseman brought the go-ahead run across. The base hit easily scored McDonough, and Harrison slid under the tag applied at home for the other RBI.

-Wake tried to force extra innings in the bottom half as ACC Player of the Year Bobby Seymour hit a leadoff double down the left field line to serve as the game-tying run on base, but the next three batters were retired in order.

Inside The Box Score

-Brad Debo went 2-for-4 and tied his season-high of three RBI.

-Tatum’s single that drove in two runs marked his fourth multi-RBI game of the year.

-Vojtech Mensik turned in a 3-for-4 performance after entering the game as a pinch hitter in the fourth.

On The Mound

-Six pitchers combined for the win. Baker Nelson collected his second win of his career on the mound, as he threw the final third of the eighth inning.

-Cameron Cotter picked up the save, his third of the year, after tossing the final inning with the game-tying run on base.

-Nick Swiney pitched 3.2 innings in relief, matching his career high in strikeouts with eight in the 15 batters he faced.

On Deck

NC State will continue action Friday at the ACC Championship when it faces sixth-seeded Florida State. First pitch is 7 p.m. from the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham N.C. The game will be broadcast on Regional Sports Networks (RSN) and the ACC Network Extra (subject to blackout).

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NC State Releases 2020 Baseball Schedule

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The NC State 2020 Baseball schedule was released today.

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The schedule features 23 games against 2019 NCAA Tournament opponents, including three-game series at Florida State and Louisville, who both advanced to the College World Series last season. The Wolfpack’s slate additionally features 13 opponents and a combined 31 games against teams that finished the 2019 season among the top 100 of the NCAA RPI.

NC State’s nonconference schedule is highlighted by games against Iowa, Minnesota and Purdue Feb. 28-March 1 at the US Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings. The weekend in Minneapolis is a part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Pack will also play a pair of games at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, N.C., home of the Charlotte Knights, AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, against Charlotte and South Carolina March 18 and 24, respectively. (GoPack)

NC State finished the 2019 season with a 42-19 record, and a 18-12 conference record. They finished the regular season ranked 13th nationally, and 3rd in the ACC.

The Wolfpack finished the year ranked 21st in the final Collegiate Baseball Rankings.

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J. Cole Wears NC State Baseball Jersey in New Music Video

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Rapper J. Cole released the music video to his new song “Under the Sun” yesterday, and he is wearing an NC State baseball jersey in it. Cole, a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, has been a frequent visitor at NC State since Dennis Smith Jr. came to Raleigh in 2016. He attended quite a few of Smith’s games in PNC Arena.

Since then, Cole has continued to come back to Raleigh, and has played quite a few games of pick-up basketball in the Dail Center.

You can buy the jersey that J Cole is wearing online at the Red and White Shop, but currently every size is sold out besides 3XL.

(Warning: The music video below has explicit language)

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BA: NC State’s Thayer Thomas Ranks as College Football’s 4th Best Baseball Player

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Baseball America recently ranked College Football’s best Baseball players, and NC State Wide Receiver Thayer Thomas ranked 4th.

4. Thayer Thomas, North Carolina State

Thomas had a big redshirt freshman year for the Wolfpack. In the fall, he was a backup wide receiver and caught 34 passes for 383 yards and three touchdowns, while also serving as NC State’s punt returner. In the spring, the outfielder hit .222/.364/.500 in 14 games and got drafted in the 33rd round by the Red Sox. He turned down Boston’s offer, however, and will continue as a dual-sport athlete at NC State. The former walk-on is now listed as a starter at wide receiver on the Wolfpack’s depth chart as NC State prepares to open its season against East Carolina. (BA)

Baseball America’s Top-10 Baseball Players that also play College Football

  1. Maurice Hampton, LSU
  2. Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss
  3. Cole Kmet, Notre Dame
  4. Thayer Thomas, NC State
  5. Lucas Krull, Florida
  6. John Rhys Plumlee, Ole Miss
  7. Justin Fields, Ohio State
  8. Feleipe Franks, Florida
  9. Trevon Flowers, Tennessee
  10. Jake Fromm, Georgia

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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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