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Three Pitchers will Represent NC State at the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Training Camp

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CARY, N.C. – NC State baseball underclassmen Cooper Consiglio, Jacob Dudan and Derrick Smith have all been invited to the 2024 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Training Camp.

The Wolfpack trio are three of just 56 premier non-draft eligible college players invited to this summer’s National Team Training Camp.

The training camp will feature a two-game Stars vs. Stripes intrasquad series at the National Training Complex in Cary from June 26-27. Both games are set to start at 6 p.m. The 28-man rosters for the 2024 Collegiate National Team International Friendship Series and Summer League Tour will be named on June 29 following the conclusion of training camp.

Consiglio, a freshman southpaw from Palm Harbor, Florida, made 15 total appearances with five starts in his first season with the Pack. Consiglio sported a 5-4 record with 38 strikeouts over 41.2 innings pitched, ranking first among a talented group of Wolfpack freshman pitchers with five pitching victories.

The left-hander dominated opposing batters over his final three regular season outings, posting a 3-0 record with pitching victories at No. 7 Florida State, No. 10 Virginia and at home against No. 8 Wake Forest. Over his final three regular season relief appearances, Consiglio tossed 12.1 innings while allowing only two runs (one earned). The left-hander struck out 15 batters while allowing only four hits and four walks over those three appearances, tossing a career-high seven strikeouts in the win over Wake Forest on May 16.

Dudan, an ACC All-Freshman Team honoree, ranked first on the team with 27 pitching appearances, sporting a 4-2 record with 56 strikeouts over 48.0 innings pitched. Dudan’s six saves ranked second on the team, nailing down half of those saves against ACC opponents. He also limited opposing batters to just a .218 batting average against him.

Dudan’s six saves, 48.0 innings pitched and 56 strikeouts led all Wolfpack freshman pitchers this season. The right-hander made four appearances in the 2024 NCAA Tournament, nailing down a save and pitching a total of 7.2 innings with 13 strikeouts.

Smith, a sophomore right-hander from White Bear Lake, Minnesota, emerged as the Pack’s closer in 2024. The right-hander led the Pack with eight saves, notching three of those eight stops in the NCAA Tournament. Smith sported a 2.45 ERA over 7.1 innings pitched in the NCAA Tournament, limiting opposing batters to a .130 batting average against him with eight strikeouts.

Smith also finished his sophomore campaign with a 3-2 record and 41 strikeouts over 29.2 innings pitched in 24 pitching appearances. Smith’s 24 pitching appearances trailed only Dudan in 2024. He also limited opposing batters to a .181 batting average.

Jacob Cozart and Dominic Fritton represented NC State at the National Team Training Camp this past summer. The full list of Wolfpack student-athletes who have made the final Collegiate National Team roster since 1980 is listed below.

2021: Sam Highfill, Chris Villaman
2019: Patrick Bailey
2018: Patrick Bailey, Will Wilson
2015: Tommy DeJuneas
2013: Carlos Rodon, Trea Turner
2012: Carlos Rodon, Trea Turner
2007: Eric Surkamp
2006: Andrew Brackman
2004: Joey Devine
1995: Tom Sergio
1993: Andy Barkett, Pat Clougherty, Terry Harvey
1980: Joe Plesac

For more information, please visit the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team homepage linked here.

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NC State Lands a Commitment from JUCO Pitcher Landon Carr

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NC State has landed a commitment from Junior College Pitcher Landon Carr out of Gaston College (Gaston County, North Carolina).

Carr spent his first two years of college ball at Gaston College. This past season, he appeared in 18 games, with an impressive ERA of 1.88, a WHIP of 0.98, striking out 56 batters in 48 innings. Carr only had 16 walks in 48 innings. He finished with a 7-1 record, 2 Complete Games, and 4 Saves.

Over two years, Carr’s career ERA is 2.23 in 68.2 innings pitched.

He had previously committed to Campbell on March 21st, but was released from his NLI due to a coaching change on July 2nd.

Last year, NC State struck gold in the JUCO ranks, picking up Outfielder Josh Hogue.

This offseason, the Wolfpack has also picked up commitments from:

UTL Trenton Lyons (Ole Miss)

1B Matt Ossenfort (Vanderbilt)

OF Dalen Thompson (Campbell)

P Julien Piessel (UNCG)

3B Ryan Jaros (Georgia Tech)

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NC State’s Garrett Pennington Signs UDFA Deal with the Detroit Tigers

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NC State 1st Baseman Garrett Pennington has signed an Undrafted Free Agent Deal with the Detroit Tigers.

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Pennington made the most of his 1 year in Raleigh, after transferring from Wichita St. last offseason. He finished tied for the 2nd most Doubles in a single season in NC State history, and earned a spot on the All-ACC Third Team.

This past season, Pennington hit .350, with 27 Doubles, 18 Home Runs, 65 RBI’s, 75 Runs, with an OPS of 1.100.

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NC State’s Alec Makarewicz Signs UDFA Deal with the White Sox

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NC State 3rd Baseman Alec Makarewicz has signed an Undrafted Free Agent Deal with the Chicago White Sox.

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A-Mak had one of the best offensive seasons in NC State history. He finished with the most Total Bases EVER in a single season, with the 4th most Home Runs & Doubles. He also earned multiple All-American honors, as well as 2nd Team All-ACC honors.

Makarewicz, who transferred from ECU last offseason, hit .378, with 24 Home Runs, 25 Doubles, 84 RBI’s, 66 Runs, with an OPS of 1.191.

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The Twins Draft NC State’s Logan Whitaker in the 19th Round

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The Minnesota Twins drafted NC State Pitcher Logan Whitaker in the 19th Round of hte 2024 MLB Draft, with the 578th overall pick.

Whitaker tossed a total of 205.1 innings pitched over three seasons in an NC State uniform, finishing with a 10-8 record, 210 strikeouts and a 4.78 ERA in 46 career appearances with 38 starts.

The right-hander overcame multiple injuries during his Wolfpack career to become a weekend staple for the Pack. In 2024, Whitaker made 13 pitching appearances with nine starts, finishing with a 3-1 record over 59.0 innings pitched despite missing a month due to illness. He ranked third on the team with 69 strikeouts, sporting a 69-to-22 strikeout to walk ratio. The veteran right-hander allowed just 0.37 walks per inning and limited opposing batters to a .252 batting average against him.

Whitaker dominated opposing hitters in NC State’s fourth journey to the Men’s College World Series in program history, posting a 1-0 record with a 2.60 over 17.1 postseason innings. He led all NC State pitchers with 23 strikeouts in the NCAA Tournament and held opposing hitters to just a .161 batting average against him. In his final collegiate outing, he tossed 7.0 innings of relief in a College World Series game against Florida, allowing just two hits and one run with a career-high 10 strikeouts.

In 2023, Whitaker was the Wolfpack’s primary Friday night starter, making 15 starts in 16 appearances. He finished the season with a 5-3 record, 4.29 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP, tossing 79 strikeouts over 79.2 innings pitched. The Winston-Salem, North Carolina native earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors on May 22, 2023, after tossing seven scoreless innings while allowing just one hit with six strikeouts in his final regular season start of his redshirt junior season.

In 2022, Whitaker made 14 starts and 17 total appearances, logging 62 strikeouts over 66.2 innings pitched. He finished his redshirt sophomore season with a 4.73 ERA and notched his first career win against Longwood on Feb. 23, 2022, spinning five shutout frames.

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