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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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NC State’s 2023 Baseball Schedule is Here!

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The NC State 2023 Baseball schedule is officially out!

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The Wolfpack finished the 2022 season with a 36-21 record, with a 14-15 record in ACC play, finishing 5th in the conference. NC State made it to the finals of the ACC Championship, and was criminally snubbed from appearing in the NCAA Tournament

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Dave Doeren’s Postgame Press Conference After NC State’s Loss to BC: BULLETED

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NC State Head Coach Dave Doeren met with the media for his postgame press conference tonight after NC State lost to Boston College 20-21. You can watch it here, or check out a BULLETED breakdown below.

  • I don’t know really what to say. I’m pretty down for these kids.
  • Obviously we didn’t play well enough to win. We didn’t coach well enough to win. I’ll always put that on me.
  • Turning the ball over 3 times in the 2nd half changed the game in their favor.
  • I hate it for these seniors. It’s a great group of young men. We didn’t get it done. Give Boston College some credit.
  • At the same time, we had plays there.
    • We got stuffed on 4th-and-1 on the goal line in the 1st half.
    • I thought Drake [Thomas] made a fantastic play.
      • I’m disappointed that a flag was thrown on a play like that. I thought it was a bang-bang play to win the game.
      • I don’t know how you throw that flag. It’s a really disappointing call by that official.
    • But there were other plays in the game that we could have made that it wouldn’t have come down to that, and we didn’t.
      • Other calls we could have made. It’s going to be a tough night. We’ll get back together tomorrow and regroup and work hard to finish.
  • We were 2 of 12 on 3rd down. I think that was the biggest thing.
    • They were doing a good job in coverage.
      • We had a hard time getting open. We tried to get open a couple of times down the field and gave up some sacks.
    • Their defensive end [Donovan Ezeiruaka] beat us multiple times.
    • If you turn the ball over 3 times and can’t convert on 3rd down, it’s hard to find a rhythm.
    • We were in negative-yardage situations several times in the 2nd half.
    • We did a poor job after those first 2 scores.
  • It hurts [Grant Gibson’s injury late in the 1st half].
    • Grant has played more football on this team than anybody on our roster.
    • He’s a leader. He’s a 3-time captain.
    • It hurt not having him in the middle. Dylan [McMahon] had to move inside. That’s obviously a key loss in the game.
  • I just told him [MJ Morris] that he’s going to learn a lot from this film. He’s going to learn a ton watching it tomorrow.
    • He’ll grow from it. He’ll be better as he moves forward.
    • These kinds of mistakes are going to happen with a young quarterback.
    • There were a lot of them, but not just on him. It wasn’t just things that he did.
    • There’s things that could have been done to help him more.
      • That’s a thing we’ve done really well the last 2 games. We helped him. We protected for him. We got open. We made plays.
      • It just didn’t happen tonight. He’ll definitely learn from that experience. He’ll grow from it and be better because of it.
  • They’re incredible people [this Senior class]. Incredible.
    • I love every one of them. I’m thankful that they’ve been in my life. I’m blessed to be their coach.
    • I hate that we didn’t get that win for them tonight.
    • They’ve done a ton for NC State and this program.
    • They’re going to have very successful lives because of the people that they are, not just the players. They are incredible people.
  • Obviously their quarterback [Emmett Morehead] made some key plays with his legs and his arm.
    • He gave his guys a chance to make plays.
    • He gave them a chance to win. He did turn the football over a couple of times, but we didn’t get enough points out of the turnovers that we created.
  • Obviously Zay Flowers was a difference maker.
    • He had 130 yards and 2 touchdowns. We knew he was special.

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NC State Baseball Wins 1st Scrimmage Against Duke, Ties 2nd

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NC State’s Baseball squad was supposed to play the Ontario Blue Jays tonight in a Fall Scrimmage, but the game was cancelled. As a result, the Scrimmage scheduled for tomorrow against Duke, was moved up to tonight due to Hurricane Ian.

The Wolfpack defeated the Blue Devils 5-0 in the first 7-inning scrimmage.

Old Dominion Transfer Junior Carter Trice, batting in the cleanup spot for NC State, smashed one over the Left Field wall to give the Wolfpack a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning.

Trice was a Freshman All-American at ODU, also earning 2nd Team All-American honors, after hitting .355, 14 home runs, collecting 54 RBI’s, and posting a .426 OBP, and a .778 SLG. As a Sophomore last year, Trice earned 2nd Team All-Conference USA honors after batting .295, hitting 17 home runs and stealing 18 bases. His SLG was .755 last year.

In the 3rd inning, the Wolfpack hit two more home runs. Sophomore Shortstop Payton Green hit a solo shot, and Junior 1st Baseman LuJames Groover hit a 2-run shot.

Green added an additional RBI via a base knock in the 4th inning, giving the Wolfpack their 5th and final run of the 1st scrimmage.

Junior Oregon Transfer Rio Britton took the mound for the first two innings, and blanked the Blue Devils in both. Britton posted a 3.32 ERA in two years for the Ducks, striking out 53 in 54.1 innings, holding opponents to a batting average of .193.

Sophomore Jacob Halford was up next, and he also pitched 2 scoreless frames, followed by Freshman Dom Fritton and Junior Justin Lawson, who each pitched a scoreless frame.

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In the 2nd scrimmage, NC State trailed 3-0 in the 7th inning, but the Wolfpack didn’t give up. After Freshman Matt Heavner was hit by a pitch, Junior Texas A&M Transfer Kalae Harrison brought him home with an RBI double. Then Freshman Michael Gupton walked.

With two men on base, Freshman Isaiah Barkett brought both Harrison and Gupton home with a triple to right field, tying the game, which ultimately ended in a 3-3 tie.

Redshirt Senior Baker Nelson gave up 1 run in two innings, and Redshirt Junior Clemson Transfer P.J. Labriola, Freshman Andrew Shaffner, Sophomore Carson Kelly, and Junior John Miralia all saw action as well from the mound.

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Four of the Top 5 players in NC have committed to play for NC State Baseball in 2024

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With the recent commitment of Anderson Nance, NC State has now secured commitments from 4 of the top 5 players in the state North Carolina for the 2024 class.

Nance, who committed on Friday, was the biggest get. He was ranked #1 overall and possesses a low to mid-90s fastball and plus secondary pitches. He projects to be a front-line starter at some point in his career.

They also have a commitment from the #2 player in the state, Drake Purvis, who is a 6’0, 175lb lefty who can get his fastball into the 90s.

The #3 player in the state for 2024 is Truitt Manuel, a 6’2, 195lb RHP/OF who is also a star football player for Hendersonville.

The #5 player in the state is another RPH named Kaden Morris, who is a monster at 6’8, 220lbs. Morris committed in mid-August.

As you can see, NC State baseball is putting together a class of elite pitching prospects for 2024, all of whom come from North Carolina.

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