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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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Nick Swiney’s Gem Ranks as 3rd Best Pitching Performance in 2020

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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)

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NCAA Grants Spring Athletes an Additional Year of Eligibility

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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

Baseball
Men’s & Women’s Golf
Men’s & Women’s Tennis
Softball
Outdoor Track & Field

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NC State Catcher Patrick Bailey Named Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball

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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.

FIRST 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

SECOND TEAM
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.

THIRD TEAM
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.

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NC State Baseball Ranks 16th in Collegiate Baseball’s 2020 Preseason Poll

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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

1) Louisville
4) Miami
13) UNC
15) FSU
16) NC State
17) Wake Forest

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