Weekend Open Thread

We figured that the rate at which ‘leaders’ at NC State were resigning that we better open an entry just in case we aren’t around the computer over the weekend!

  • NC State’s Men’s Golf team is one of Lee Fowler’s last hopes to earn points and try to help our Athletics program again finish dead last amongst ACC Schools in the annual all-sports Director’s Cup.  The golf team is currently 7th (17 strokes off the lead) in the NCAA Tournament’s Central Region being held at The Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Central Region’s leaderboard can be accessed by clicking here.
  • NC State’s Baseball team will finally put an end to one of the school’s worst seasons ever today as we try to avoid a sweep at the hands of Clemson.  The Wolfpack will not even qualify for participation in the ACC Tournament.  State is so bad that GoPack.com won’t even put the team’s record in game articles.  (See write-up from yesterday’s game).  Wait.  Maybe it is just GoPack.com that is bad.
  • We had a great baseball conversation last week that you can review by clicking here. The following are a couple of comments from the conversation from some of the better baseball minds in our community:

This team had major bullpen issues this year. And for a few weeks I think a lot of it had to do with playing 27 innings in one day prior to the Miami series; some may recall we were about to take game 1 of that set and the short pen couldn’t hold it. Baseball, especially pitching, is a funny thing when it comes to confidence. This UNC series may have helped to restore some of that confidence.

Another bullpen issue was moving Gilheeney, who closed last year, into the rotation. The incumbent closer was moved to the rotation the previous year (McConnell) and that worked out, but not so much this year. But, the move worked out well for Gilheeney in that he deomstrated that he is worthy of a draft investment when that time comes around.

A bright spot this season is the freshman class. These kids were really talked up by Holiday, and a lot of these guys have been as advertised. This core, along with the incoming class next year which is quite highly rated, will lay a nice 2-3 year foundation. If Holiday maintains his recruiting, the baseball team should be in great shape in the upcoming years.

There were several question marks coming into the season and a fair amount of turnover.

Overall pitching was an unknown from the start, but no one could have expected the horrendous defense displayed further exacerbating pitching inconsistencies.

This year is an anomaly in an otherwise consistent program. Barring a win against the odds, I’d fully expect to never see another State baseball team lookin’ in from the outside come tourney time.

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9 Responses to Weekend Open Thread

  1. Afterglow 05/16/2009 at 3:24 PM #

    I know these developments are unrelated to Lee Fowler getting the boot but… am I reading into this right… that the flies dropping are actually ones harmful to Lee’s ointment? Or is this a new development that may aid in Lee becoming a fly as well? Just curious-the chatter feels mixed.

  2. RagingWolf 05/16/2009 at 3:57 PM #

    Hi guys,

    The new look is very impressive. My only comment/feedback is coach Yow’s arms are too long. They are orangutan-esque!

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    Finally, anybody have the latest on Alfy Hill?

  3. BJD95 05/16/2009 at 4:06 PM #

    Clemson completed the sweep, just FYI. We tied Maryland for next-to-last in the league standings.

  4. Dr. BadgerPack 05/16/2009 at 4:54 PM #

    Well… the bullpen did at least look to have some of it’s confidence back at least. The sickening number of the weekend is 15; as in 15 first inning runs allowed by the pack (6, 5 then 4– so, hey, improvement right… grr). Incredibly, the team did not pack it in after the first inning on any day of the series. Next year should bring back normalcy in terms of a top half finish and a regional appearance, although I won’t 100% assert that until the results of the June draft are in. This years freshman class was good, next years is supposed to be better.

    I should also mention Mazzoni’s pitching today; he was looking VERY sharp today and I hope that carries over into next season. He has a lot of promise (as do several of the other young arms) but got shelled a few times this year leading to a grotesque 7+ era going into today.

    I’ll try to make sense of the future direction when the dust settles… one last midsummer baseball post to lead up to football season. Mmmmm. Football… Yes, it’s crappy movie Saturday here in the DBP household. Gotta have background noise while I work.

  5. MrPlywood 05/16/2009 at 5:00 PM #

    I’ve been trying to get this posted for a few weeks now, but I’m not sure if emails have been getting through. Anyway, here’s the news:

    NC State Wrestling has signed Eloheim Palma from Cary HIgh (I wrestled for Cary way back when) to a full scholarship. Eloheim became Cary High School’s first ever three time All-American and Senior National Champion while winning the Senior Nationals in Virginia Beach, VA. Eloheim was the #1 ranked heavyweight in the country since January, and put his ranking on the line in the Dapper Dan Classic held March 15th in Pittsburgh, Pa., which he won by defeating the #3 nationally ranked, two-time Pa. State finalist and Pa State champion Sean Owens from Clearfield, Pa. in the finals.

    In winning the Senior Nationals, Palma won 6 matches and defeated the #12, #4 and #2 nationally ranked wrestlers, as well as a Michigan state champion.

    His career record stands at 217-8, and he is ranked #1 by Wrestling USA, Amateur Wrestling News and WIN Magazine, and was recently in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” feature.

    This is an excellent addition for State Wrestling. Go Pack!

  6. StateFans 05/16/2009 at 5:33 PM #

    ^Thanks for sharing that. It definitely deserves its own entry but our time has been very limited recently. Thanks!

  7. ruffles31 05/16/2009 at 9:21 PM #

    Unfortunately, the golf team finished in a tie for 6th place and 4 shots out of 5th. The top 5 teams advanced to the NCAA Finals.

    The lone bright note was Matt Hill making it to the finals. Congrats Matt, especially after battling sickness earlier in the tournament!

    UCLA, Washington, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, and Duke advance to the NCAA Championships as does Matt Hill of NC State.

  8. blpack 05/16/2009 at 10:32 PM #

    Sorry to hear about the golf team. Good luck to Hill. I hope I don’t see another Pack 9 season like the one we just completed. Brutal.

  9. 66pack 05/17/2009 at 7:58 AM #

    blpack-we did not finish last in baseball or golf so we can sink lower.

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