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#Pack9 Opens Season With Doubleheader Sweep Over Davidson
RALEIGH – No. 11 NC State baseball (2-0) opened its 2021 season on Sunday with a doubleheader sweep over Davidson (1-2) at Doak Field at Dail Park. Thanks to a 10-run fifth inning in game one, the Wolfpack earned a 13-3 win. The nightcap was a back-and-forth contest with five lead changes, but NC State came out on top with a 6-4 victory.
Its win in game one marked the fifth time in six years that the Pack has clinched a victory in its season opener. Additionally, NC State has won the last 11 meetings with Davidson in the all-time series.
GAME ONE SCORING RECAP
-Austin Murr put his team on the board in the first inning, as he scored the Pack’s first run of the year on a 6-4-3 double play with the bases-loaded.
-Murr then drove in a run of his own in the second inning with an RBI single to center field, scoring Terrell Tatum after his infield single and a Noah Soles walk put him in scoring position.
-Alex Fedje-Johnson’s solo shot over the left field wall in the third inning and RBI single in the fifth inning tied things up for the Wildcats.
-The Pack responded in the bottom of the fifth with 10 runs on nine hits, taking a commanding 12-2 lead.
-Parker Nolan cut into Davidson’s deficit in the sixth when he went yard to left center to start the frame.
-Jonny Butler tallied the Pack’s first homer of the year with a one-out home run to right field in the seventh.
OF NOTE (GAME ONE)
-Reid Johnston picked up the win on the mound with 3.1 innings of work in relief.
-Danny Carnazzo, Eddie Eisert, Coby Ingle and Tristan Sipple made their first appearances in a Wolfpack uniform.
-Five players turned in a multi-hit performance, led by Devonte Brown and J.T. Jarrett’s 3-for-5 outings. In total, the team recorded 17 hits in game one.
-Brown, Murr and Tatum tallied two RBI’s a piece, accounting for six of the 11 in the game.
GAME TWO SCORING RECAP
-After three scoreless innings, Luca Tresh put the Pack on the board with a leadoff home run in the fourth inning.
-Davidson’s Trevor Candelaria belted a two-run home run in the fifth inning to give his team its first lead of the game.
-NC State knotted the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth, as Jarrett led off with a single through the left side, stole second, then scored on Vojtech Mensik’s one-out single up the middle.
-In the sixth, Butler and Brown laced back-to-back outfield singles to get the offense going, then after Brown stole second, a wild pitch brought Butler home to allow the Pack to regain its lead.
-The Wildcats took a 4-3 advantage in the seventh thanks to a two-out double by Candelaria and single by John Hosmer.
-NC State answered in the bottom frame with three runs thanks to back-to-back RBI doubles by Murr and Tyler McDonough and an RBI fielder’s choice by Butler.
OF NOTE (GAME TWO)
-Sam Highfill earned his first collegiate start on the mound in game two, going five complete innings and fanning seven. He was one shy of matching his career high of eight strikeouts.
-Kent Klyman, who was recently named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List, picked up the win as he hurled the final 2.1 innings, yielding just one hit and fanning two in his outing. He entered the game in the seventh with the bases loaded and two outs.
-Offensively the team tallied 10 hits, led by Tresh (2-for-3), Mensik (2-for-3) and Butler (2-for-4).
-Dating back to last season, McDonough currently owns a six-game hit streak while Tresh is on a five-game hit streak.
Tuesday, Feb. 23 • vs. UNCG • 3 PM
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NC State Baseball Rankings Update After Another Undefeated Week
The NC State Baseball team is now 7-0 through two weeks of play, going 4-0 last week, defeating Coastal Carolina 16-4 on the road in a midweek game, and sweeping Belmont at home this past weekend (11-4, 7-0, 7-1).
The Wolfpack remain ranked 21st in the D1Baseball Top-25.
The Wolfpack moved up 11 spots to #19 in the Collegiate Baseball Poll, up 2 spots to #20 in the Coaches Poll, and up 1 spot to #24 in the Baseball America poll.
NC State will host Longwood today at 3pm in their next matchup.
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NC State Sticks at #21 After Opening Weekend Sweep
NC State’s Men’s Baseball team stayed put at #21 in the D1Baseball Top-25 after an opening weekend sweep of Wagner.
NC State also stayed put at #25 in the Baseball America’s new poll, and stayed put at #30 in the Collegiate Baseball Poll.
The Wolfpack will play Coastal Carolina on the road this Wednesday at
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NC State Picked 3rd in the Atlantic in the 2023 ACC Baseball Preseason Poll
The 2023 ACC Preseason Poll was released yesterday, and NC State is projected to finish 3rd in the Atlantic.
NC State finished 5th in the Atlantic Division in 2022, with a 14-15 record in Conference play.
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The Doak is getting its renovation…and NC State fans aren’t exactly loving it
I was just about to write a piece about the Doak renovation going down.
Feb. 17 is right around the corner and #TheDoak is looking nice 👀 #Pack9 #GoPack pic.twitter.com/w64471DPFj
— NC State Athletics (@PackAthletics) January 25, 2023
But while I was over on Twitter, I saw a ton of comments on it, all of them NC State fans, and almost all of them critical of the new look.
Look, I don’t know what’s going on here. Maybe it’ll look a lot better once it’s done, or maybe the grass will match up a lot better when it greens up. But right now, it’s a little jarring. Here is how it used to look…
And here is how it’s looking right now…
Doak Field renovation coming along. Sod and turf almost completed #accbaseball #pack9 #ncsu pic.twitter.com/SYKgmSQZhi
— Allen (@BigalnRaleigh) January 19, 2023
Again, I’m going to wait until it’s really done before I cast judgement, but I think the official tweet from the school marketing it and drawing attention to it, has people thinking it’s in it’s final form. And maybe it is. But I hope it’s not.
I remember this being shared a while back…
This shows grass in foul territory and dirt in the 1st/3rd baselines. So I’m not sure when this turf thing came along. And while we’re on the subject, aren’t we a turf management school? Shouldn’t we be turning up our noses at artificial turf?
Apparently, this is a thing now, where foul territories are artificial turf and fair territory is grass. Here is Mississippi State’s baseball field doing the same thing.
🔜 #NewDude pic.twitter.com/dCoqhCKxLI
— Mississippi State Baseball (@HailStateBB) February 15, 2019
Can’t say I like it there either, honestly. It just seems like one of those fads. Remember when everyone was going crazy with field/court colors?
School with a grey field and school with a glow in the dark basketball court meet on blue turf. Winning coach gets dumped with French fries. College athletics at its absolute best. https://t.co/crEKoeLKbX pic.twitter.com/Bpeod50Sy4
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 4, 2022
Good time to remind everyone that Memphis’ basketball court should be fired directly into the sun. https://t.co/jXpDbPQ7Iw pic.twitter.com/htyMv4sAXD
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) November 10, 2021
The worst basketball court in the history of the sport. Thanks a lot, Oregon. pic.twitter.com/842T5CYmIc
— Craig Miller (@junior_miller) January 30, 2022
Did anyone ever really like those? Do people like them now? Have they ever gotten a recruit to come to the school? Have they ever scared a recruit away?
I don’t know. You tell me. I’ll hold final judgment, but things NC State fans don’t seem like they’re going to follow along.