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#15 NC State Comes Up Short To Campbell In Opening Game Of NCAA Greenville Regional

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GREENVILLE, N.C. – No. 15 and second-seeded NC State baseball came up short to third-seeded Campbell, 5-4, on Saturday in the opening game of the NCAA Regional, hosted by No. 9 East Carolina at Clark-LeClair Stadium in Greenville, N.C.

The game started at 12 p.m. on Friday and the teams got through eight-and-a-half innings, but after two lengthy delays in the afternoon due to rain and lightning, the rest of the game was postponed to 12 p.m. Saturday
 
The Wolfpack falls to 42-18 while the Camels improve to 36-19 on the year. 

How It Happened

-The Camels jumped out to a 4-0 lead on three hits and an error in the first. The Wolfpack error put leadoff hitter Matthew Barefoot on first, and after a groundout moved him second, he scored on Luis Gimenez’s single up the middle.

-Collin Wolf’s sac fly to center field tacked on a second run after a double up the left field line put runners in scoring position.

-Koby Collins then launched a homer over the left field wall to double Campbell’s lead.

-NC State cut its deficit to one in the third on two hits and a pair of errors. J.T. Jarrett led off the side with a base hit up the middle and advanced to second on an errant throw by starting pitcher Michael Horrell in attempt to get the force out. 

-Another wild throw, this time by second baseman Tyler Anshaw, allowed Jarrett to cross home plate and put runners at second and third.

-Patrick Bailey’s sac fly to deep center field plated Dillon Cooper, then Evan Edwards legged out a single to Anshaw and drove in Jonny Butler.

-In the fourth, Barefoot reached on a one-out single, and then a stolen base and error allowed him to threaten at third. He scored on Anshaw’s sac fly to right field to give the Camels a 5-3 advantage. 

-From the bottom of the fourth through the top of the eighth, just a combined four batters for both teams reached base. 

-Butler made it a one-run game in the bottom of the eighth with a leadoff homer over the right field wall, his third of the season.

-Right after the homer, the game was halted at 2:21 p.m. due to lightning. Play resumed at 3:40 p.m., but 28 minutes later after the completion of the top of the ninth, the contest was paused again due to heavy rain.
-Almost six hours later, the decision was ultimately made to play the final half inning at noon Saturday.

-The teams resumed play in the bottom of the ninth with no outs and the Camels holding a 5-4 advantage. Terrell Tatum managed to reach on a one-out walk and steal second, but the Pack came up short with a swinging strikeout and groundout to third to end the game.

Inside The Box Score

-Butler and Edwards each tallied a hit and drove a run in, while Brad Debo, Jarrett and Tyler McDonough also tallied a base hit apiece. 

On The Mound

-Despite all five of Campbell’s runs going down as unearned, starter Reid Johnston (6-2) was charged with the loss after tossing the first four innings.

-Nick Swiney was stellar in relief, tallying seven strikeouts in 4.0 hitless innings of work. 

-Relievers Cameron Cotter and Evan Justice combined for a hitless inning in the ninth.

On Deck

NC State will continue action in the NCAA Greenville Regional Sunday when it faces the loser of the No. 9 East Carolina (1 seed) versus Quinnipiac (4 seed) game at 12 p.m.


Sunday’s schedule is as follows:

Game 3 – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 @ 12 PM

Game 4 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 @ 4 PM

Game 5 – Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 @ 8 PM

All games will be broadcast on ESPN3 and there will be a free audio stream on WKNC 88.1 FM for all of NC State’s games.

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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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