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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 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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