Wolfpack Baseball Update; Quinnipiac at the Doak Tuesday

blockSbaseballJust a quick update to start things off.  I intentionally waited to post this so that the post-weekend basketball semi-meltdown would have subsided but even I underestimated that.  So this update now gets “Vulcan mind melded” (see, I read the threads too!) with the week’s preview…and put up later than anticipated.

First off, let me say that the #NCStateSh!t quotient in the universe seems to unfortunately be on the upswing.  In all likelihood, not even casual fans are unaware that the Pack’s basketball fortunes took a dramatic hit this weekend when first the Pack fell in the regular season finale vs FSU in Tallahassee, but then the #NCStateyouknowwhat found it’s way into the Maryland locker room apparently, as they proceeded to blow a double digit lead and then find more ways to NOT score down the stretch against a less than formidable UVa squad, thus relegating the Pack to the Thursday schedule of the ACC Tourney (Holy run-on sentence Batman).

But what some of you may not know is that the #NCStateSh!t was in full swing long before either of those two things happened.

With Clemson in town for the weekend, Carlos Rodon took the hill for the Pack on Friday.  For the most part he was vintage Carlos thru three innings, including striking out the side in the 2nd.  After three innings the Pack led 4-0 behind a two run HR from Will Nance, a solo shot from Trea Turner his 5th of the year, and a heads up play on the basepaths by Tarran Senay when he got himself caught in a rundown in the 3rd.  The out ended the inning, but getting himself caught in the rundown, rather than being caught stealing, gave Brett Williams time to score from third.

Then in the 4th, Rodon started off seamlessly, striking out the Tigers’ Steve Wilkerson to begin the inning.  But unfortunately that’s when the wheels came off.  He walked the next batter, plunked the one after that, and advanced both when he threw the ball away on a failed pick-off attempt.  The next three batters he faced would all reach on base hits and by the time the bleeding stopped the Tigers had plated three runs in the inning.

In the 5th, with the Pack still nursing a one run lead, the hit parade continued.  Rodon would eventually exit in favor of Travis Orwig out of the bullpen, but not before giving up 8 runs on 8 hits in 4.1 innings.  He struck out 8, walked 3 and also hit 2 batters.  The Pack would go on to lose to Clemson by a final score of 10-5.

But believe it or not, the loss and the Rodon implosion weren’t the worst things to happen to Pack Baseball on Friday.  To add injury to insult (yeah, I know that’s backwards but bear with me), on the very last play of Friday’s game, Trea Turner was trying to leg out an infield hit when he stepped on the bag awkwardly and injured himself.  His injury turned out to be a very severe high ankle sprain.  He’s currently wearing a protective boot and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks for the recovery.

It could be worse, but it’s still a huge blow to the Pack’s baseball fortunes at least in the short term.  Assuming his recovery follows that 4-6 week window, that would have him back sometime between the VT series (4/5-4/7)) and the GT series (4/19-4/21).

No. 8 Pack Falls 10-5 to Clemson (GoPack.com)

Box Score

Saturday Roundup: N.C. State Loses Series—And Trea Turner (BaseballAmerica.com)


The Pack would again fall to the Tigers on Saturday, 7-4, but would bounce back to salvage the Sunday matinee by a final score of 4-1.

State Edged 7-4 on Saturday (GoPack.com)

Box Score

No. 8 State Outlasts Clemson 4-1 (GoPack.com)

Box Score

With the 1-2 weekend, the Pack’s overall record is now 12-4, 1-2 in conference.

Tuesday evening the Pack welcomes the Quinnipiac Bobcats to town.  First pitch is currently scheduled for 6pm.  The only thing I know about Quinnipiac, besides the fact that their mascot is “Boomer the Bobcat”, is that they’re located in Hamden Connecticut.  Well, I also know they’ve won four games against two losses (all on the road) so far this season, including a sweep of George Washington.  Follow the link below and do even just a little bit of reading and you’ll know way more than me about them, trust me.

Quinnipiac Bobcats Baseball (QuinnipiacBobcats.com)

On The Horizon

Old Dominion University (they’re in Norfolk and are the Monarchs, btw…I guess that syncs with a blue lion named “Big Blue”…kinda) comes to town for a Wednesday game at Doak Field.  First pitch for that one is currently scheduled for 6pm.  Follow the linky below and you’ll know more about them than me also.

Old Dominion Monarchs Baseball (ODUSports.com)

The Pack resumes its ACC schedule this weekend when it travels to Winston-Salem to face the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest for three beginning Friday.  If my apathy isn’t pushed into full blown rage by the results of the basketball team’s Thursday showing in the ACC Tournament, I might have a detailed preview of the series with the Deacs up for that one.

Or I might not.  Time will tell.

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About Wufpacker

A 2nd generation alumnus and raised since birth to be irrationally dedicated to all things NC State. Class of '88 and '92.


15 Responses to Wolfpack Baseball Update; Quinnipiac at the Doak Tuesday

  1. TheCOWDOG 03/12/2013 at 8:10 AM #

    Sunday at the Doak was as favorable as a Bloody Mary for warding off NCStateshit hangovers. Spring has sprung, albeit wet today.

    Rodon will find his location. Turner will heal.

  2. Wufpacker 03/12/2013 at 11:54 AM #

    And just WTF are you being all cheery about today?

  3. TheCOWDOG 03/12/2013 at 1:13 PM #

    ‘Cause no one has said anything stupid today?

    Besides, I think it just might be you and me in this one.

    Nobody’s gonna’ see it.!

  4. PackerInRussia 03/12/2013 at 1:50 PM #

    The ump blew that series against Clemson. Who are we gonna get next weekend? Carlos or CJ? (didn’t want to ruin your “stupid” streak 🙂 )

    Somehow I missed the Turner injury. That really stinks. I didn’t miss the Rodon 8-run innings, though. Glad they got a win Sunday at least.
    I’ve noticed in the baseball previews that the smaller teams (at least some of them) haven’t played many games compared to the Pack (16 to 6 for Quinnipiac). Is that normal?

  5. Wufpacker 03/12/2013 at 2:18 PM #

    Schools in cold weather areas. They either have to travel south and play on the road (costly) or start later….or both.

    And agreed ‘Dog, the crickets were barking until our Russkie comrade tossed a bone. Thanks btw, PIR.

  6. Dr. BadgerPack 03/12/2013 at 5:22 PM #

    I always read these things Wufpacker- just not a lot of commentary time during the week. Give Leggett props for gamesmanship on Rodon (delay for the foot not contacting the rubber- any little thing to disrupt a pitcher’s rhythm). Rodon gets a thumbs down from me for something I have preached to pitchers for years- don’t try picking people off when the number of runners on + batter is less than the lead.

    He’ll be fine though- wish he’d learn to pitch to contact early in the count though (the count turns from 1-2 to 3-2 too many times for my liking). Besides, strikeouts are fascist…

    The biggest key is shoring up the defense… way too many errors. But- I ain’t worried one bit about this team (yet). The bullpen is phenomenal. Rodon and Ogburn will be OK. It is imperative to find the third weekend starter who can be consistent, however.

  7. TheCOWDOG 03/12/2013 at 5:47 PM #

    See? Ya get a pull by Russkie, a cameo from DBP, and all is good.

  8. Dr. BadgerPack 03/12/2013 at 5:52 PM #

    And I didn’t even charge my cameo fee

  9. Dr. BadgerPack 03/12/2013 at 6:11 PM #

    Jernigan on the bump tonight… it would be a good time for him to unwedge his head.

  10. TheCOWDOG 03/12/2013 at 6:12 PM #

    The Wuf is a baseball beat kinda guy, don’tcha think?

    He woulda been awesome in the clubcars from Baltimore to St.Looie.

  11. Wufpacker 03/12/2013 at 7:24 PM #

    ‘Dog, that woulda been awesome. And let me remind you that that is not far removed from what I hope to be doing at some point in the not too distant future. Though I think it unlikely that any legitimate sports outlet will ante up to pay me what I’m worth (stingy bastards).

    DBP, you’re one of the regs that I know is around even if you’re not vocal so NGS. When you do offer a nugget of knowledge I always learn from you so it’s all good. And the Winston Wolf book of etiquette is something I greatly respect, so all the better (I mean that as a huge complement just so ya know).

    And fully agree re: Rodon, contact, and trusting the guys behind him.

  12. PackerInRussia 03/13/2013 at 1:57 AM #

    I have yet to see a game this year as I’m limited to internet feeds, but it frustrates me to see a guy pitch balls to avoid giving up a hit. Hopefully he’ll learn that lesson (if that’s indeed an issue).
    By the way, I’m still trying to figure out what this means: “strikeouts are fascist…” And before I get any comments that I should know, Russia was communist, not fascist (actually they don’t refer to fighting against the “Germans” in WWII, but the “fascists”).

  13. PackerInRussia 03/13/2013 at 2:03 AM #

    Oh, and ya gotta love a 1-0 win. Maybe not all the time, but it sure beats a 24-12 loss.
    After watching the highlights video, it seemed like there was a lot of offensive activity for only 1 run.
    And nice job by the base runner screening the shortstop and making him bobble the ball and not get the out.

  14. Wufpacker 03/13/2013 at 3:12 AM #

    PIR, how long you been in Russia anyway? You’re losing touch with Americana and the classics I think. Time to get your tail back to civilization….


  15. PackerInRussia 03/13/2013 at 12:54 PM #

    Sorry, that’s not one of those movies that I know the popular quotes from. I feel ashamed that I don’t. I need to rewatch it.

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