Monday evening update….
Adding some additional links below, including Anthony Tzamtzis taking the ACC’s weekly pitching honors (ACC POW….heh, aren’t we all?)….
NC State’s Tzamtzis (5-3) struck out a career-high nine batters over a career-long 7 2/3 innings in only his fifth start of the year, holding Duke to two hits and outdueling Blue Devil ace Marcus Stroman to propel No. 19 NC State to a 4-0 win on Friday night. The redshirt sophomore from Miami, Fla., walked five batters in the shutout effort, but did not let a runner past second base on the evening.
Next up is yet another piece featuring LHP Carlos Rodon. The freshman Rodon continues to thrive despite increasing expectations, not to mention (well-deserved) media coverage. Chip Alexander has a nice interview with the normally mild mannered Rodon here….
When Rodon walks to the mound, the freshman pitcher transforms himself.
“Beast Mode.” That’s what Rodon calls it.
“Kind of like an alter ego,” Rodon said. “I’m not the same when I’m on the field as when I’m off the field.
“I try to bring a bulldog mentality. I’m aggressive. I’m an average, normal, every-day person off the field, just trying to be nice.”
Here’s a piece from GoPack.com from a few days ago that I don’t think was linked elsewhere. It keys on how important the catchers have been for NC State.
While sharing time behind the plate, both Canela and Austin have contributed in various ways — working with pitchers, managing the game, and flashing sufficient arm strength to challenge daring base runners. And, both can hit.
Their ability with the bat is why one is in the lineup as a designated hitter when the other is catching.
Though a bit unsung amid the hoopla swirling around freshman pitching sensation Carlos Rodon and rookie base-stealing bandit Trea Turner, it’s doubtful State would be 27-12 overall and 13-8 in the ACC without Canela and Austin.
“They’ve been a strength of our club, a big part of our success,” Avent acknowledged.
The Pack jumped two spots to #17 in the new Baseball America top 25 Poll. FSU remained atop the poll. Carolina’s ranking also remained unchanged at #16, one spot ahead of the Wolfpack. Previously unranked UVa is the only other conference team to make the poll this week, jumping in at #23. Previously #22 Miami dropped out this week after losing 2 of 3 at home to the Cavs.
Wolfpack Baseball tallied a come from behind victory over the Duke Blue Devils today by a final score of 8-7. The win completed the weekend sweep of the Devils, and gave the Pack 30 wins on the season (30-12), including 16 conference wins (16-8). The team’s win streak now stands at six, and they are 6-1 thus far on the current home stand.
GoPack.com has a nice recap here.
RALEIGH, N.C. – Danny Canela hit a pair of homers, but Logan Ratledge’s RBI double in the eighth proved the difference for No. 19 NC State in an 8-7 win over Duke to sweep the series Sunday at Doak Field at Dail Park.
State (30-12, 16-8 ACC) fell behind 2-0 in the top of the first, but knotted the score in the bottom half before taking a 3-2 lead in the third. Duke battled back to tie the game in the fourth, took a 4-3 lead in the fifth, and opened the margin to 7-3 with a three-run sixth. The Pack rallied with a four-run sixth to tie the game once again, before scoring the game-winning run in the bottom eighth.
NC State reliever Vance Williams (2-2) gutted out the win, going the final 4 1/3 innings, allowing three earned on four hits with three strikeouts and no walks. Starter Logan Jernigan lasted only an inning, giving up two earned on two hits and two walks. Ethan Ogburn pitched 3 2/3 in between them, surrendering two earned on five hits and one walk.
Nice that dominant outings by Tzamtzis and Rodon in games one and two allowed a relatively fresh bullpen to be available today.
The Pack is now a good bet to host an NCAA regional in Raleigh. The last time this happened was in 2008. State also hosted a regional in 2003, but the renovations at Doak Field forced the games to Wilson, NC. With a good showing the next 3 weeks, protected seed status is not beyond reach.
Published prior to the Pack’s past four wins, this college baseball bracketology from ESPN.com already had the pack hosting….
The Wolfpack now has five days to rest up (no mid week game this week) before welcoming Cal State Bakersfield to Raleigh for a non-conference 3-game slate next weekend. A mid week single game against NC A&T the following Tuesday will bring the current homestand to a close.
ACC Tournament seedings at the top remain unchanged, despite the fact that the Pack (#3 seed) now has a better overall and conference record than Carolina (#2 seed). The Pack did put an additional game between themselves and Clemson, however. FSU had the weekend off from conference play yet still leads the Pack by 4.5 games (3 in the win column) for the Atlantic Division crown and a first place seed despite the Pack’s weekend sweep of Duke. Full standings for the conference are as follows, courtesy of theACC.com:
Anyone wishing to check out inning by inning recaps for all three of this weekend’s games (almost) can go here and check out the smashing failure that was the first weekend series live blogging attempt. I think we’ll just see how it goes in the future.