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NC State’s Will Wilson Selected To Los Angeles Angels In First Round Of 2019 MLB Draft

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RALEIGH – Junior shortstop Will Wilson was selected as the No. 15 overall pick to the Los Angeles Angels of the 2019 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft on Monday evening.

The Kings Mountain, N.C., native becomes the first NC State player to go in the first round since Carlos Rodon (LHP) and Trea Turner (SS) in 2014. Wilson graduated last month with a business administration degree and wrapped up his collegiate career on Sunday in the NCAA Greenville Regional.

In his 23rd season at the helm of the Wolfpack, head coach Elliott Avent has now had 106 players selected in the MLB Draft.

In his final season at NC State, Wilson led the team with a .335 batting average, 20 doubles, 16 home runs and a .661 slugging percentage, and finished eighth all-time in career doubles (57) and homers (39), and ninth in total bases (409).

Wilson collected numerous postseason awards over the past few weeks, as he was named NC State’s first-ever ACC Defensive Player of the Year as well as an All-ACC First Team Selection and Second Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. Additionally, he was recently tabbed one of five finalists for the Brooks Wallace Award, which is given to the nation’s best college shortstop.

He additionally collected All-ACC honors and All-America honors in his first two seasons with the Pack, and was a Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist, which is awarded to the nation’s best college baseball player, in 2018.

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NC State Can’t Pull Off the Comeback, Losing 4-5 to UNCW on the Road Yesterday

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In case you missed it, NC State (18-12) lost to UNCW (20-13) 4-5 on the road last night, losing their 5th straight.

Senior Hollis Fanning started his first game of the season, but he would also pick up his first loss of the season. Fanning gave up 3 earned runs in 1.1 innings pitched. On the year, Fanning is 2-1 with an ERA of 7.98.

Junior Win Scott came in and pitched a career high 4.2 innings, giving up 2 earned runs, while striking out 3. Scott’s ERA on the year is 8.31.

Sophomore Derrick Smith pitched the final 2 innings, and they were spotless, striking out 5 (career high), while failing to give up a hit or a walk. Smith’s ERA on the year is 10.80.

Senior 3rd Baseman Alec Makarewicz went bonkers, going 4 for 5 with 2 Home Runs, 4 RBI’s, and 2 Runs.

A-Mak’s career high entering this season in Home Runs was 11, but he already has 13 this season. He is currently batting .350.

Last night’s loss was one of missed opportunities. NC State actually had more hits than the Seahawks (8/7), and also walked 4 more times (6/2), but the Wolfpack managed to leave 10 on base.

The Wolfpack will conclude a 7-game road trip this weekend, playing a 3-game series against #2 Clemson down in South Carolina.

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NC State Falls to Louisville 6-7 in Series Finale due to Defensive Woes

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#19 NC State likely won’t have a number beside their name when the new polls come out later today. The Wolfpack lost 6-7 at Louisville yesterday, suffering a sweep at the hand of the Cardinals. NC State lost all 4 games last week, losing a midweek game to East Carolina as well.

Yesterday’s game was lost due to defensive errors. Three of Louisville’s runs were unearned, as a result of 3 Wolfpack errors. NC State ranked 9th in Fielding Percentage last year, committing 52 errors. Currently, the Wolfpack ranks 11th in Fielding Percentage, and have already committed 32 errors.

Freshman Ryan Marohn gave up 5 runs in 3 innings pitched, but only 2 of them were earned. As a result, he picked up his 2nd Loss of the season, and now has a 2-2 record, and a 4.99 ERA.

Freshman Jacob Dudan also gave up 2 earned runs in 2.2 innings, and now has an ERA of 4.76.

The Wolfpack trailed 7-1 at the end of the 4th inning, but they almost pulled off the upset.

Senior 1st Baseman Garrett Pennington continues to establish himself as the Wolfpack’s best bat, hitting his 9th and 10th Home Runs of the season yesterday. Pennington was 2 for 4 with 3 RBI’s and 2 Runs.

Pennington’s Batting Average is up to .373.

Junior Catcher Jacob Cozart and Redshirt Freshman Drew Lanphere both had 2 hits in the contest. Junior Outfielder Chase Nixon, Sophomore Left Fielder Josh Hogue and Junior Shortstop Brandon Butterworth each had an RBI.

Butterworth took the first pitch of the game over the fence.

NC State will look to right the ship on Tuesday night in a road game at UNC-Wilmington.

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#19 NC State Loses 6-7 at Louisville, Losing the Series in the Process

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#19 NC State lost to Louisville 6-7 yesterday, and as a result, the Cardinals clinched a series victory. Wolfpack Senior Starter Sam Highfill was unable to go on Friday night due to illness, and Dominic Fritton’s Sophomore Slump continued.

Fritton surrendered 7 earned runs in 3 innings pitched, walking 5, while striking out none. On the year, Fritton is 1-3 with a 9.29 ERA. The Preseason All-American has struggled in every single contest of 2024.

On the other hand, Sophomore Shane Van Dam came in and cleaned things up, pitching 5 scoreless innings, allowing only 2 hits. Unforuntaetly, the damage had already been done.

Van Dam’s ERA on the year is 2.78.

Senior 1st Baseman Garrett Pennington had 3 RBI’s, with 2 of them coming off of a double in the Top of the 4th. Sophomore Left Fielder Josh Hogue also had a 2 RBI double in the Top of the 4th.

The Wolfpack are now 18-10 on the year, and 8-6 in conference play. The series finale is today at 1pm.

 

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#19 NC State Falls 1-11 in Series Opener vs. Louisville in Absence of Highfill

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#19 NC State was without their Friday starter this evening in the series opener against Louisville on the road. Senior Sam Highfill was a late scratch due to illness. As a result, it turned into a bullpen game, and that wasn’t a concoction for victory for the Wolfpack.

Within 2 innings, the Cardinals were up 6-0. Freshman Heath Andrews gave up 4 runs in 1 inning, and Freshman Cooper Consiglio gave up 2 in 2.2 innings. Later in the game, Senior P.J. Labriola surrendered 3 runs, failing to record an out.

After 7 innings, Louisville was up 11-1 (they scored 5 in the bottom of the 7th), and the game was called due to mercy rule.

It wasn’t strictly the Wolfpack pitchers that struggled. The NC State bats couldn’t get anything going either, recording only 3 hits in 7 innings.

The Wolfpack’s only extra-base hit, and RBI, was via the bat of Senior 1st Baseman Garrett Pennington, who hit a solo shot in the 4th inning. The bomb was Pennington’s 8th of the year.

NC State is now 8-5 in ACC play, ranking 2nd in the conference.

The Wolfpack will look to even the series with the Cardinals tomorrow at 1pm.

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