Weekend Baseball: Heading to Blacksburg

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Wolfpack Baseball (30-21, 11-16 ACC, 5th Atlantic) closes out the regular season this weekend on the road in Blacksburg vs the Hokies of VT.

Winners of 8 of their last 10 games, including 3 consecutive weekend series wins, the Pack is finally playing at least something like the top 10 team they were purported to be in the pre-season.  Unfortunately it very well might be too little too late.

With the ACC Baseball Tourney getting underway on Tuesday of next week (whether the Pack finds themselves there or not) this weekend’s ACC series are all Thursday thru Saturday affairs.

Week in Review

State took 2 of 3 from Wake Forest last weekend, including dominant wins on Friday and Saturday. After dropping the series finale on Monday in extra innings vs the Deacs, the Pack bounced back on Tuesday to subdue Radford on the road.

RADFORD, Va. – NC State baseball’s Brett Austin provided a career high four RBIs including two doubles and a homer as the Wolfpack rolled 6-1 over Radford on Tuesday night at Radford University Baseball Stadium.

The Pack (30-21) won its ninth game in the last 12 tries by taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first and adding two more in the fifth. Radford (30-20) trimmed the lead to 3-1, before State piled on two more runs in the seventh and another in the ninth to set the final at 6-1.

Austin carried the day with a 3-for-4 performance including four RBIs, a run, and a walk while doubling twice and contributing his fourth homer of the year, a solo shot in the ninth. Andrew Knizner came one hit shy of matching a career high in a 4-for-5 outing with a triple, an RBI, and two runs.

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The Wolfpack pitching staff carried a no-hitter two outs into the sixth inning. Joe O’Donnell (3-0) earned the win with three perfect innings in the third, fourth, and fifth with four punchouts. Ryan Williamson started and no-hit the Highlanders for two innings with one walk and three strikeouts.

VTLogo    Virginia Tech Hokies

20-29 (8-19 ACC, 7th Coastal); Last 10:2-8; Streak:Lost 1
2013: 40-22 (15-14 ACC)

After a 2013 campaign which saw the Hokies ranked for much of the season and Blacksburg as an NCAA Tournament regional host, the 2014 season has seen VT treading water all season long. Losers of their last 3 ACC series, including sweeps at the hands of Duke and Carolina, VT is currently fighting to stay ahead of ND and NOT finish as the worst team in the ACC.

Batting/Offense

VT is an above average hitting club with respect to batting average (.279, t2nd ACC), but they’ve had a difficult time generating the number of runs one might expect (5.02 rpg, 10th), and they don’t generally hit for power (11HR, t12th).

Team Comparison

  • Batting avg – .279 (NCSU .267)
  • Runs/game – 5.02 (NCSU 5.75)
  • HR – 11 (NCSU 28)
  • Total Hits – 476 (NCSU 468)
  • Total Runs – 251 (NCSU 293)
  • OBP – .375 (NCSU .365)
  • Slgpct – .353 (NCSU .370)
  • Walks – 225 (NCSU 219)
  • Struck Out – 317 (379)
  • Stolen Bases – 56/75 (NCSU 66/83)

The biggest Hokie threats at the plate include:

Mark Zagunis (#2,JR,C/OF) – .332 avg, 1HR, 35RBI, 10 doubles, .418 slgpct, 43runs, 18K/31BB, 15/18SB
Saige Jenco (#18,FR,CF) – .330 avg, 1HR, 15RBI, .374 slgpct, 36 runs, 19K/39BB, 20/26SB
Brendon Hayden (#34,JR,DH/1B) – .319 avg, 7HR, 43RBI, 16 doubles, .530 slgpct, 34 runs, 45K/30BB, 2/3SB
Sean Keselica (#25,JR,1B/P/DH) – .263 avg, 0HR, 36RBI, .321 slgpct, 23 runs, 36K/21BB, 1/1SB
Alex Perez (#8,JR,2B) – .250 avg, 0HR, 21RBI, .301 slgpct, 28 runs, 29K/28BB, 2/3SB

Pitching/Defense

VT is the worst pitching team in the league with respect to giving up runs, both earned and otherwise.  Their team ERA of 5.12 and their runs allowed/game of 5.99 are last in the league and it’s not even close. Even BC looks at VT’s pitching numbers and says “WTF???”

Team Comparison

  • ERA – 5.12 (NCSU 3.08)
  • Runs Allowed/game – 5.99 (NCSU 3.76)
  • Total Hits Allowed – 477 (NCSU 390)
  • Total Runs Allowed – 296 (NCSU 192)
  • HR Allowed – 20 (NCSU 18)
  • Against avg – .276 (NCSU .231)
  • Strikeouts – 309 (NCSU 473)
  • Walks Allowed – 205 (NCSU 208)

VT’s starters this weekend:

Sean Keselica (#25,JR,LHP) – 3-4, 4.19 ERA, 58.0IP, 2HR, 34K/28BB, against avg .267
Brad Markey (#35,SR,RHP) – 2-7, 3.22 ERA, 78.1IP, 3HR, 56K/17BB, against avg .252
Kit Scheetz (#9,FR,RHP) – 4-1, 6.04 ERA, 44.2IP, 4HR, 37K/16BB, against avg .317

Defensively, VT is average, with a fldpct of .965 (NCSU .970)

Games Schedule – Pitching Probables – TV

  • Thurs 5/15, 5:30pm – Logan Jernigan vs Sean Keselica – ESPN3
  • Fri 5/16, 5:30pm – Carlos Rodon vs Brad Markey – none
  • Sat 5/17, 2pm – Patrick Peterson vs Kit Scheetz – none

Weekend Notes

ACC Standings

Atlantic Division
Conference Overall
rank schools W-L-T PCT W-L-T PCT
1.  Florida State 19-8-0 .704 39-13-0 .750
2.  Maryland 15-14-0 .517 34-19-0 .642
3.  Clemson 13-13-0 .500 32-21-0 .604
4.  Wake Forest 13-14-0 .481 28-24-0 .538
5.  NC State 11-16-0 .407 30-21-0 .588
6.  Boston College 9-18-0 .333 21-31-0 .404
7.  Notre Dame 6-21-0 .222 19-31-0 .380
Coastal Division
Conference Overall
rank schools W-L-T PCT W-L-T PCT
1.  Miami 22-5-0 .815 38-14-0 .731
2.  Virginia 21-6-0 .778 42-9-0 .824
3.  Duke 15-12-0 .556 31-21-0 .596
4.  North Carolina 14-13-0 .519 31-21-0 .596
5.  Georgia Tech 14-16-0 .467 30-23-0 .566
6.  Pitt 11-16-0 .407 22-27-0 .449
7.  Virginia Tech 8-19-0 .296 20-29-1 .410

Elsewhere in the ACC this weekend

  • Carolina @ Miami
  • Duke @ FSU
  • BC @ Clemson
  • UVa @ Wake
  • Pitt @ ND

GT hosts South Florida OOC.
UMd’s regular season is finished and they are idle.

ACC Tourney Picture

  1. Miami           22-5
  2. FSU               19-8
  3. UVa               21-6
  4. Duke             15-12
  5. Carolina      14-13
  6. Maryland   15-14
  7. Clemson     13-13
  8. Wake           13-14
  9. GT                14-16
  10. Pitt               11-16
  • NCSU          11-16
  • BC                 9-18

As of right now, NCSU would be on the outside looking in because Pitt owns the tiebreaker against the Pack by virtue of a better record vs the highest seeded common opponent (Damn you Blue Devils!!!), though Clemson could change that before the weekend is over if they can manage to sweep BC and Duke gets swept in Tallahassee.

Simply put, State needs to do some winning this weekend and hope for the best in South Bend (and elsewhere) if it wants to land in G’boro next week. If they manage to win at least one more game than Pitt, the tiebreaker won’t matter and they’re in. State closing out against VT is therefore a good thing. Unfortunately, Pitt is closing out against ND.

For (most of) the convoluted possibilities re: the Pack’s ACC Tourney seeding picture, go here.

Without a doubt, Wolfpack Baseball is in the (ahem)…Danger Zone

Go Pack!!!

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  • #51954

    Wufpacker
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    Wolfpack Baseball (30-21, 11-16 ACC, 5th Atlantic) closes out the regular season this weekend on the road in Blacksburg vs the Hokies of VT. Winners o
    [See the full post at: Weekend Baseball: Heading to Blacksburg]

    #51957

    D Wolf
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    Knocking Pitt out may not be our best chance of getting into the ACCT. Pitt has a very weak opponent this weekend in Notre Dame. Chances are high that they sweep the Irish. The Pack’s best chance may be to displace Wake Forest. Although Wake has a 2 game lead, they play Virginia this weekend. If Virginia sweeps Wake and the Pack wins just 2 of the games at VT, State and Wake would be tied with State owning the head to head advantage. If the Pack sweeps VT, then Wake would have to win 2 against UVA to hang on to their spot. The common prerequisite for all of these scenarios is that the Pack must win.

    #51959

    Wulfpack
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    Great wrap up of the scenarios here:

    http://m.newsobserver.com/?cu=spreed%3A%2F16902170

    Inexcusable to be in this position, we can all agree.

    #51966

    elvislives
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    To add mystery to the intrigue, the weather forecast looks awfully wet this weekend. Wouldn’t be surprised to see a few double headers in some of these season-ending series.

    #51971

    Wufpacker
    Keymaster

    ^ Yep, weather looking sketchy indeed.

    As of now today’s game is still scheduled for 5:30p. But interestingly enough ESPN3 has backed out of broadcasting today’s game, allegedly due to the weather. Dunno why they can’t just say they don’t want to bother with two sh-tty teams no one gives a rat’s fat behind about.

    Or, maybe Danny Kanell’s rental car fees from last weekend put them in too big of a financial hole (/obscure reference) .

    #51972

    TheCOWDOG
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    No…Kanell’s rentals are exactly why.

    Rain postponements suck.

    My god, I think half my life is in rain delay.

    #51974

    Wufpacker
    Keymaster

    Well ‘Dog, you are now free to go hit the bars.

    Thursday cancelled, doubleheader starting at 2pm Friday.

    #51975

    TheCOWDOG
    Participant

    True dat, Wuf.

    What I should have written was, postponements are good.

    Rain delays suck.

    #51976

    Wufpacker
    Keymaster

    :D
    Yep, Tom Petty didn’t know how right he was….

    #51977

    Adventuroo
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    This just in…..

    ND WINS…..3 – 0 over Pitt. Both schools’ websites confirm….ESPN still not even listing game.

    Way to go IRISH….

    WF v UVA Postponed due to weather.

    #51979

    bill.onthebeach
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    O ye of little faith…
    It rains on the just and unjust alike.

    Pop!

    #ForEighteenYears? #WeGottDis.pack! #STATEment
    #51984

    Wufpacker
    Keymaster

    ND WINS…..3 – 0 over Pitt.

    Also, Clemson topped BC and Duke fell to FSU (both good things for our potential tiebreaker situation with Pitt)

    With State/VT and Wake/UVa both doubling up today, a lot could shake out one way or another.

    #51987

    Fastback68
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    Wuf – Thanks for recap and 8:54 post. Go Pack.

    #51988

    elvislives
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    Doesn’t look like ESPN3 will be airing either of the Pack’s games today. Anyone know of another online TV source to watch? No game tracker, not today.

    #51989

    Wufpacker
    Keymaster

    ^ My guess is that the only option would be if VT is doing some sort of video feed, but looking at their website it appears they’re only offering audio for our games, and even that is paid subscription.

    All 3 of the weekend’s games were originally supposed to be ESPN3 broadcasts, but apparently VT had some hand in nixing that ahead of time, though I don’t know the details.

    #51990

    PackerInRussia
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    Gotta love baseball. Of the 3 VT starters, Scheetz by far has the worst ERA, but is 4-1 whereas the other 2 have losing records. Markey’s ERA is almost half of Scheetz’s, but he’s 2-7.

    #51991

    PackerInRussia
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    P.S. Go Pack

    #51992

    Wufpacker
    Keymaster

    Here ya go. Enjoy.

    #51993

    Wufpacker
    Keymaster

    Or maybe not.
    Feed just died apparently.

    #51994

    Wufpacker
    Keymaster

    FWIW, it’s tied 2-2 mid 3rd and Rodon has not been particularly sharp so far.

    #51995

    Wufpacker
    Keymaster

    4-2 Pack mid 4th.

    #51996

    elvislives
    Participant

    Updates appreciated Wuf. Hope Carlos is settling down.

    #51997

    Wufpacker
    Keymaster

    He doesn’t seem to be.
    4-4 headed to the 5th.

    The video feed will allegedly come back up if/when the wifi in the VT pressbox comes back up.

    #51998

    Wufpacker
    Keymaster

    Austin leads off the Pack’s 5th with a solo shot to make it 5-4.

    #51999

    Wufpacker
    Keymaster

    6-4 Pack, Fincher on 2nd, still none away. VT pitching change.

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