Wolfpack Baseball continued its winning ways on Wednesday night, dispatching the Charlotte 49ers by a final score of 6-3. GoPack.com has a great write up here. Sounds like Trea Turner continues to impress. The Pack’s leadoff man apparently displayed both speed and power last night.
RALEIGH, N.C. – Trea Turner led off the game with his second homerun of the year, but No. 19 NC State still needed a four-run fifth inning to put away Charlotte 6-3 Wednesday at Doak Field at Dail Park.
Turner’s homer in the first highlighted a 3-for-4 evening with two RBIs and three runs to spark the Wolfpack (27-12) offense. The freshman from Lake Worth, Fla. turned on the jets for an infield single, and reached on a bunt single for his remaining hits.
The N&O’s Bill Woodward had a fantastic piece on Trea Turner a couple days back which you can see here if you missed it.
Turner leads the nations in steals and broke the Wolfpack single-season record of 30 (Kyle Wilson, 2009) in just 31 games. With 15 regular-season games left, the ACC tournament and an almost-certain berth in the NCAA field of 64, the ACC’s single season record of 63 — set by former UNC star Brian Roberts in 1998 — is within striking distance.
Turner has been clocked at 6.4 seconds in the 60-yard dash and 4.37 seconds in the 40, sprint times that place him in baseball scouts’ elite category, and his speed and mindset combine to disrupt opponents.
“I don’t think Brian [Roberts] had Turner’s pure speed,” said John Manuel, Baseball America’s Editor in Chief. “The mindset has to be the same. Trea Turner is always looking to go. And he’s never satisfied with just stealing second. Every time he gets on base, he’s a one-man rally.”
State returns to action Friday evening at 6:30pm as they welcome the Duke Blue Devils to town for the weekend series.