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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.


-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.


-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.


-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.


-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.


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NC State Finds Their Way Back Into the Top-25 in 1 Poll After Series Win at Clemson



NC State won 2 of their 4 games last week, winning 2 out of 3 against Clemson on the road this past weekend, and losing to UNCW on the road in a midweek game. Prior to the 2 victories against the Tigers, the Wolfpack had lost 5 straight games, suffering a sweep at Louisville the weekend before.

As a result of NC State’s big series victory at Clemson, the Wolfpack are back in Baseball America’s Top-25.


NC State didn’t manage to crack the Top-25 for D1Baseball, Perfect Game or the USAToday Coaches Poll. The Wolfpack currently rank 31st in the Coaches Poll.

The NCBWA Poll hasn’t been released yet.

NC State will host Campbell tomorrow night at 6pm, which will be followed up by a series at the Doak this weekend against rival #11 UNC.

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Clemson Shuts Out NC State 7-0, but the Wolfpack Win the Series



NC State didn’t pull of the sweep, falling to #2 Clemson 0-7 on the road this afternoon. Despite the loss, the Wolfpack did take 2 of 3 on the road against the team that entered the weekend ranked #1 in the RPI.

Freshman Cooper Consiglio got the start for the Pack today, and it’s a shame he was tagged with the Loss, because he pitched the first Quality Start of his career, giving up 2 earned runs in 6 innings pitched, striking out 3.

The bullpen didn’t help Consiglio today, with Freshman Heath Andrews surrendering 3 earned runs in 0.1 innings, while Sophomore Andrew Shaffner gave up 2 earned runs in 1.2 innings.

The Tigers limited NC State to only 2 hits, and they were singles by Senior 1st Baseman Garrett Pennington and Junior Shortstop Brandon Butterworth.

The Wolfpack are now 20-13 overall, and 10-8 in conference play heading into a midweek game against Campbell at home on Tuesday night at 6pm. NC State currently ranks 3rd in the Atlantic Division.

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NC State Shuts Out #2 Clemson 4-0, Clinching the Series Against the Tigers!



NC State (20-12) shut out Clemson (28-6) 4-0 this evening, clinching the series against the #2 team in the land on the road.

We’ve been waiting all year for Sophomore Dominic Fritton to return to form, and he picked a good time to do so, pitching 5.2 scoreless innings, striking out 6. The 5.2 innings is his highest of the season, and it’s the first time all season he has pitched, and the other team has scored 0 runs.

Fritton was followed by Freshman Jacob Dudan and Sophomore Derrick Smith, who kept the shutout alive. Dudan allowed 2 hits and 3 walks, but didn’t allow a run in 1.1 innings, and Smith didn’t allow a hit (1 walk) in 2 innings.

Pitching hasn’t been NC State’s strong suit in 2024, but it was tonight, against Sophomore Ethan Darden, who pitched a gem himself, giving up 1 earned run (3 unearned runs) in 9 innings, while striking out 5 (no walks).

Senior 3rd Baseman Alec Makarewicz was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s and a Run.

The Wolfpack and the Tigers will close out the series tomorrow at 1pm.

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NC State Picks up a Huge 11-8 Win Against #2 Clemson on the Road in the Series Opener



NC State picked up a desperately needed win against #2 Clemson tonight, defeating the Tigers 11-8 on the road.

Senior Sam Highfill was back on the mound this Friday, but Mayor struggled, giving up 6 runs in 3.1 innings. Thankfully, Sophomore Shane Van Dam came in and quieted Clemson, giving up 1 earned run (2 runs) in 4.2 innings, striking out 8 batters, which is a new career high.

Sophomore Right Fielder Josh Hogue put the Pack on the board in the Top of the 1st with a solo Home Run.

Clemson would then go up 2-1 in the Bottom of the 1st with a 2-run Home Run.

NC State would regain the lead again in the Top of the 4th, putting 4 runs on the board. Junior Jacob Cozart grounded out to 2nd, but it was good enough to drive in Senior 1st Baseman Garrett Pennington. Then Sophomore Center Fielder Eli Serrano III drove in two with a Double, and then Redshirt Freshman Drew Lanphere drove him in with a Single.

The Tigers would answer with 4 runs of their own in the Bottom of the 4th.

In the Top of the 5th, the Wolfpack caught a break. With 2 outs, Junior Shortstop Brandon Butterworth reached 1st on a throwing error, which allowed Senior 3rd Baseman Alec Makarewicz and Hogue to come home. Serrano III would then take advantage of the opportunity, driving in 2 more with a Single.

The Tigers would make it a 1-run game in the Bottom of the 5th, scoring 2.

The Wolfpack would add a run in the 8th via an RBI Single from A-Mak, and another one in the 9th from Freshman 2nd Baseman Luke Nixon to make it a 3-run cushion.

Serrano III was the MVP at the plate for NC State today, going 3 for 4 with 4 RBI’s and 2 Runs.

Van Dam was the MVP on the mound. He is now 4-0 on the year, with a 2.63 ERA. Stud.

NC State (19-12) and Clemson (28-5) will take to the field tomorrow at 8pm.

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