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NC State Baseball’s Season Ends In NCAA Greenville Regional, Falling 9-2 to ECU

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GREENVILLE, N.C. – No. 15 NC State baseball’s season came to a close on Sunday afternoon with a 9-2 loss to No. 9 East Carolina in the NCAA Greenville Regional at Clark-LeClair Stadium in Greenville, N.C.

Despite a solo shot by Patrick Bailey to give the Wolfpack the advantage in the first, a six-run burst by the Pirates in the third combined with a strong outing by starter LHP Jake Agnos (8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 9 K), propelled them to win the elimination game and move on in the regional.

The Pack ends the year with a 42-19 record while ECU improves to 44-16 overall.

How It Happened

-Bailey’s two-out solo shot to left field in the first put the Pack on the board. It was his 10th of the season and he was the third person this year to reach double digits in the category.

-The Pirates scored six runs on five hits and an error in the third to take the lead. Alec Burleson’s RBI fielder’s choice with runners at the corners opened the scoring, then back-to-back outfield singles by Jake Washer and Chandler Jenkins plated a pair of runs.

-With runners at first and second Brady Lloyd drove in a run with his double to right field, and an error on the play advanced him to third while scoring another one.

-Lloyd eventually scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-1.

-Washer launched a two-run homer to right field in the seventh, extending the Pirates’ lead to seven.

-With runners at first and second in the eighth after a one-out walk and single up the middle, an RBI single to right center by Burleson brought another run across for ECU to make it 9-1.

-In his final career at-bat Edwards led off the ninth with a solo shot to right field, but it wasn’t enough to make up the late deficit. He finished with 14 long balls on the year, which was the second-most on the team.

Inside The Box Score

-Aside from Bailey and Edwards’ homers, Brad Debo and Devonte Brown both tallied base hits.

-Starter Jason Parker (4-4) was charged with the loss on the mound after going 2.1 innings and yielding two earned runs.

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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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