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Six NC State Players Selected On Day Three Of 2019 MLB Draft

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RALEIGH – NC State baseball pitchers Alec Barger, Michael Bienlien, Andrew Blake, Evan Justice and Jason Parker alongside outfielder Thayer Thomas were selected on the third and final day of the 2019 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft on Wednesday.

In total, the Wolfpack had a total of eight players drafted this week. In his 23rd season at the helm of the program, Elliott Avent has had a combined 113 MLB Draft picks. 

This year’s eight picks are the second-most in program history in a single season, as it ties the eight drafted in 2006 and ‘17 and is just one shy the nine selected in 2008.

Additionally, #Pack9 signees Blake Walston (1stround, 26th pick), Noah Soles (19th round, 572ndpick) and Jose Torres (24th round, 733rd pick), as well as junior college transfer Andy Samuelson (12th round, 367th pick) were all drafted this week. Walston and Soles were both selected to the Arizona Diamondbacks while Samuelson and Torres went to the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers, respectively.

Jason Parker | RHP | New Bern, N.C.

16th round – 474th pick – Cincinnati Reds

Parker, who played two years at Louisburg Junior College prior to this season, led the pitching staff with 16 starts. He finished the year with a 4.38 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 76.0 innings, the second-best on the team. The North Carolina native earned four wins on the mound, and his career-best outing was when he went seven strong against then-No. 1 Florida State and struck out 10. 

Alec Barger | RHP | Savoy, Ill. 

17th round – 517th pick – Atlanta Braves

Barger spent two seasons at Polk State Community College before transferring to NC State for the 2019 season. He made 17 appearances, including six starts, and finished with a 2-2 record on the mound. Barger compiled a 6.14 earned-run average in 29.1 innings with 35 strikeouts, and his best outing of the season was vs. Elon on March 26 when he went a career-long 5.0 innings and fanned 10.

Andrew Blake | RHP | Lewisville, N.C.

21st round – 631st pick – Los Angeles Angels

Blake spent his first two seasons at Pitt Community College. In his junior year at NC State he picked up the win vs. Pitt after throwing 4.1 innings without allowing a run to score. His longest outing was on March 29 when he went 4.2 innings and fanned six. He finished the 2019 season with a 4.79 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 20.2 innings.

Michael Bienlien | RHP | Chesapeake, Va.

24th round – 712th pick – Detroit Tigers

Bienlien has made 19 career starts and 53 appearances in his three seasons with the Red and White. He owns a career 5.16 ERA and nine wins in 113.0 innings pitched. His career-long outing was at Notre Dame on April 2, 2017, when he tossed 7.0 innings, and additionally tallied a career-high six strikeouts on two separate occasions. 

Thayer Thomas | OF | Wake Forest, N.C.

33rd round – 1007th pick – Boston Red Sox

Thomas, who also plays for the football team, made 14 game appearances in his first season, including four starts as an outfielder. At the plate he batted .222 with four hits and a .500 slugging percentage, and defensively tallied eight putouts with a 1.000 fielding percentage. His best game of the season was on March 9 vs. Pittsburgh when we went 2-for-2 with a double and home run, driving in a pair of runs while scoring two of his own. 

Evan Justice | LHP | Richmond, Va.

39th round – 1161st pick – Miami Marlins

Justice led the Wolfpack’s bullpen with 29 appearances this season, coming away with four wins, and his 36 K’s were the second-most out of the pen. On Feb. 22 vs. Kent State the sophomore went a career-long 4.0 innings and fanned a career-best five. Overall, he owns a 5.60 career ERA and six wins in 45 appearances and 64.1 innings pitched. 

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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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