Raleigh Regional Preview


Foreword, just because I can…

I’m putting this preview up early in the hopes that it will stimulate some meaningful conversation BEFORE the regional games get underway on Friday.  Despite some “blips” this season, not to mention the recent snubbing by the NCAA selection committee, this Wolfpack team has had an outstanding year and deserves some positive chatter (despite what a few posters seem to think on the matter).

Some of you were ready to write them off when they dropped the first game of the season vs App.  Most of you probably don’t have memories that go that far back when it comes to baseball, but trust me, some of the comments were asinine at best.  Just saying.

There’s still a lot of ball to be played and a helluva lot still to play for.

So hopefully we can get away a bit from the negativity surrounding the snubbing given us by the NCAA’s selection committee.  Yeah, it sucks we didn’t get a national seed.  But it’s done now…plus there’s a thread (two actually…and there’s a link to both of them just below) where that conversation can continue for those who wish.

OK, off the soapbox.

Recent History

The Pack is hosting a regional at The Doak for the second consecutive year.  State won the Raleigh Regional in 2012, then advanced to Gainesville to face the University of Florida, dropping two straight to the Gators in a series marred significantly by weather.  Including losing the services of starter Carlos Rodon in Game Two after a 2 1/2 hour rain delay in the 3rd inning.

Even without Rodon, the Pack fought hard and still almost prevailed to force a Game Three, but ultimately fell 9-8 in 10 innings in a hostile environment.

Wolfpack Nation had hoped (expected?) that the Pack could avoid a similar scenario this year and secure a top 8 national seed, ensuring home field advantage throughout the first two rounds of the 2013 NCAA Tournament on the way to Omaha.  The selection committee had other ideas on the matter however, and should the Pack emerge from Raleigh again in 2013 they will likely have to become road warriors once again, this time to Eugene, Oregon.

Maybe weather won’t be an issue this year however.  Word is that Phil Knight has in his possession a weather ray that can divert all impending precipitation.  Bowerman built it in his garage before he died.  Nike money….Just Do It.

OK, enough of that stupidity.

BlockSHomePlate2013 Wolfpack Baseball – Redux

44-14 (19-10 ACC, 2nd ACC Atlantic, RPI: 7)

After the return of Trea Turner from injury on March 27, the Pack finished the season winning 28 of their last 33 contests.  Of those five losses, two were to UNC (#1 RPI) and two were to FSU (#8 RPI).

18-10 vs Top 50 RPI on the season.

Top Offensive Performers:

Batting Avg. – Turner (.376), Adametz (.320), Fincher (.317), Clyde (.291)
HRs – Turner (6), Senay (6), Clyde (4), Williams (3), Morgan (3)
RBI – Senay (46), Turner (40), Austin (36), Adametz (31), Williams (31)
Runs Scored – Turner (59), Fincher (46), Clyde (38), Austin (36), Williams (32)
Doubles – Austin (19), Clyde (16), Senay (14), Adametz (13), Turner (11)
Triples – Turner (4), Senay (2), Armstrong (2), Ratledge (2)
Slugging% – Turner (.567), Clyde (.461), Senay (.446), Adametz (.396), Austin (.391)
OnBase% – Turner (.460), Armstrong (.432), Fincher (.409), Clyde (.372), Adametz (.369)
Stolen Bases – Turner (24), Williams (17), Fincher (14), Austin (13), Ratledge (10)

Pitching Outlook:

After a shaky early season, the Pack’s undisputed ace, sophomore lefty Carlos Rodon, has bounced back into form down the stretch, most recently going 10 innings while yielding only 1 hit, 1 run (0 earned) with 14 Ks against the most prolific offense in the country.

State has also gotten some serviceable outings of late from Freshman lefty Brad Stone, and the re-emergence of Logan Jernigan could be huge for the Pack if he can just keep the ball down in the zone.

The Wolfpack’s WHIP rating of 1.22 puts them at #21 in the nation in that category, largely on the strength of bullpen that’s second to none.  Both good omens for the Pack in the post-season.

The Pack is 3rd in the nation in Ks per 9 innings (8.8) and 8th in hits allowed per 9 innings (7.17).  Get those free passes under control and this staff could become downright nasty.  Currently, the Pack is 164th in the nation in BBs per 9 innings (3.71).  We also seemingly have a tendency to plunk batters at the wrong times too.

Defensively, the Pack is serviceable (.968) but not spectacular.  Mr. Armstrong in LF has his adventures at times (.869).  And if I’m being honest, for an All-American at SS, Trea Turner needs to tighten up a bit as well (.933).

The Competition

binghamtonBinghamton University Bearcats

30-23 (16-13, 2nd America East) RPI:171
Bid: Automatic (America East Tourney Champs)

The Bearcats found their way to Raleigh on the strength of their run in the America East Tourney where they first dispatched the Albany Great Danes, then out of the winner’s bracket took 2 of 3 from the top seeded Maine Black Bears to take the title.

At the plate: Binghamton bats .261 as a team, with 17 HRs on the season.  Some of their big sticks are:

Jake Thomas (#44, Soph, CF/C) – .382 avg, 5HR, 36 RBI, 42 runs, .541 slg%, .528 ob%

Daniel Navares (#15, Jr, 2B) – .314 avg, 2 HR, 34 RBI, 24 runs, .447 slg%

Shawn McGraw (#1, JR, LF/DH) – .295 avg, 4 HR, .447 slg%

Zach Blanden (#9, Soph, RF) – .268 avg, 2 HR, 29 RBI, 37 runs, 11/13 sb

In the field: As a staff, the Bearcats carry an ERA of 3.67.  They’ve given up only 17 HRs on the season, and have an against average of .259.

The Pack will likely be facing one of two guys in their Friday matchup with the Bearcats (probably Lambert)…

Jake Lambert (#14, Sr, RHP) – 7-2, ERA 2.95, 94.2 IP, 1 HR, .263 against avg., 76 Ks, 16 BBs.

Jack Rogalla (#27, Jr, RHP) – 5-4, ERA 2.82, 83.0 IP, 3 HR, .252 against avg., 51 Ks, 13 BBs.

The Bearcats are strong defensively with a team fld pct of .975.

Binghamton Bearcats Baseball Home (BUBearcats.com)

Founded: 1946
Located: Vestal, New York
Total Enrollment: 14,000+
Athletics Mascot: Baxter The Bearcat
Colors: Green, Black and White
Almost Claim to Fame: Basketball team came within 1 point of upsetting Carolina (in Chapel Hill no less) in its first season of D1 competition (12/16/2001).
Famous Alumni:  Billy Baldwin (OK, alumnUS..singular)

OleMissLogoOle Miss Rebels

37-22 (15-15, 4th SEC West) RPI: 20
Bid: At Large

The Rebels are out of the SEC, have an RPI of 20, and managed to break even in conference.  If that doesn’t tell you they’re good, then you might as well stop reading and mail the rest in.

At the plate:  Ole Miss bats .276 as a team, with 23 HRs on the year.  Their big hitters are:

Stuart Turner (#25, Jr, C) – .381 avg, 5 HR, 50 RBI, 44 runs, .533 slg%, .452 ob%

Austin Anderson (#8, Jr, SS/3B) – .300 avg, 3 HR, 38 RBI, 39 runs, .405 slg%

Andrew Mistone (#25, Sr, 3B) – .316 avg, 0 HR, 34 RBI, 33 runs, .381 slg%, .386 ob%

Preston Overbey (#1, Jr, LF/3B) – .280 avg, 5 HR, 37 RBI, 23 runs, .423 slg%

In the field: The Rebels’ pitching staff posted a 3.11 ERA in 2013, yielding 27 HRs, with an against avg. of .244.  Their three most reliable starters on the season were:

Bobby Wahl (#19, Jr, RHP) – 9-0, 1.99 ERA, 90.2 IP, 3 HRs, .189 against avg., 76 Ks, 42 BBs

Mike Mayers (#28, JR, RHP) – 5-5, 2.98 ERA, 87.2 IP, 6 HRs, .231 against avg., 70 Ks, 31 BBs

Sam Smith (#29, Soph, RHP) – 3-0, 3.11 ERA, 63.2 IP, 3 HRs, .279 against avg., 33 Ks, 19 BBs.

A tad bit above avg. defensively at .970 fld pct as a team.

Ole Miss Rebels Baseball Home (OleMissSports.com)

Founded: 1848
Located: Oxford, Mississippi
Total Enrollment: 20,000+
Athletics Mascot: Rebels
Colors: Crimson & Blue (Yale Blue, that is)
Famous alumni include: Eli “Don’t Call Me Peyton” Manning, Kate Jackson, Gerald McRaney (“Jericho” producers cut their own throats when they killed him off in the first season finale, btw..I still miss that show), William Faulkner and John Grisham (read a book you heathens).
Recent Pussy Move: Changing their mascot from Col. Reb:


…..to this horrible thing:rebelbear_t300

William-and-Mary-logoWilliam & Mary Tribe

37-22 (17-10, 2nd Colonial Athl. Assoc.) RPI: 44
Bid: At Large

Out of the CAA, the Tribe is a pretty good team.  With an RPI of 44, they managed to earn an at large bid out of the CAA (one of two actually, regular season Champ UNC-W got the other) so they can’t suck too badly.

At the Plate: The Tribe bats .296 as a team, with 17 HRs on the season.  The guys they rely on are:

Ryan Lindemuth (#5, Jr, 2B) – .363 avg, 4 HR, 47 RBI, 58 runs, .481 slg%, .442 ob%

Michael Katz (#25, soph, 1B) – .365 avg, 5 HR, 47 RBI, 47 runs, .563 slg%, .452 ob%

Ryan Brown (#6, Sr, CF) – .329 avg, 2 HR, 30 RBI, 61 runs .419 slg%, .458 ob%, 21/26 sb

William Shaw (#10, Jr, 3B) – .305 avg, 4 HR, 37 RBI, 42 runs, .399 slg%, .422 ob%

In the Field: William & Mary’s pitching staff has had some adventures at times.  They carry a staff ERA of 4.16, have given up 34 HRs on the season, and opponents are batting .279 agains them.  But they do have a couple of guys that can get it done:

John Farrell (#34, Sr, RHP) – 11-2, 2.80 ERA, 109.1 IP, 6 HR, .259 against avg, 86 Ks, 13 BBs

Jason Inghram (#17, Soph, LHP) – 8-6, 3.46 ERA, 96.1 IP, 4 HR, .242 against avg, 96 Ks, 23 BBs

The Tribe falls on the bottom side of average with a suspect fld pct of .966.

William & Mary Tribe Baseball Home (TribeAthletics.com)

Founded: 1693 (In the US, only Harvard is older)
Located: Williamsburg, Virginia
Total Enrollment: 8,000+
Athletics Mascot: Tribe, as now represented by a Griffin of all things
Colors: Green, Gold and Silver
Famous Alumni: Our 3rd, 5th and 10th US presidents (Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler respectively), Actors Scott Glenn and Glenn Close, and comedy greats Jon Stewart and Patton Oswalt (OK, maybe Patton Oswalt is just a personal favorite).
Recent Pussy Move: Changing their logo and using this Griffin:WMGriffin
…..when they could have used this one:WMpeterGriffin


Friday, May 31st
Game One – #2 Ole Miss vs #3 William and Mary – 2pm
Game Two – #1 NC State vs #4 Binghamton – 7pm

Saturday, June 1st
Game Three – (Loser Game One vs Loser Game Two) – 2pm (Loser eliminated)
Game Four – (Winner Game One vs Winner Game Two) – 7pm

Sunday, June 2nd
Game Five – (Winner Game Three vs Loser Game Four) – 1pm (Loser eliminated)
Game Six – (Winner Game Four vs Winner Game Five) – 6pm

Monday, June 3rd – if necessary
Game Seven – (Winner Game Six vs Loser Game Six) – 7pm

TV Coverage – The Pack’s Friday game vs Binghamton will be on ESPN3.  Other TV info is not yet announced.

Some Miscellaneous Links [Added 5/30]

Road To Omaha 2013: NCAA Regional Schedule (BaseballAmerica.com)

Road to Omaha begins for UNC, NC State, UNCW and Elon (NewsObserver.com)

N.C. State baseball: Avent succeeds under high expectations (NewsObserver.com)

NC State baseball: Hosting doesn’t guarantee trip to Omaha (NewsObserver.com)

And Trea Turner is among the 30 national semi-finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, so be sure to go HERE and vote for him.  A lot.

[Added 5/31]

Raleigh Regional Preview (BaseballAmerica.com)

With snub in the past, NC State ready for regional (WSJ.com)

NC State baseball: Relievers have been saving grace (NewsObserver.com)

Let’s Go Pack!! Omaha (probably by way of Eugene) Awaits!!!

About Wufpacker

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


35 Responses to Raleigh Regional Preview

  1. gumby 05/29/2013 at 11:05 AM #

    great job Wufpacker! I have to admit I snotted my keyboard laughing when I saw the W&M Recent Pussy Move. Good stuff!

  2. Pack78 05/29/2013 at 11:41 AM #

    Well done Wuf…new season, everybody is 0-0. Think we’ll see a Wahl-Rodon matchup on Saturday, assuming that both we and the Rebs win?

  3. blpack 05/29/2013 at 11:59 AM #

    Should be a lot of fun. This is ours for the taking. The Rebs will be tough though.

  4. tjfoose1 05/29/2013 at 12:34 PM #

    Wait a sec… Tribe = Griffin?

    Is that the same kind of logic that gets a pine tree from a cardinal color?

    About as much sense as tar heel = ram. No, I take that back. A horny sheep is the perfect mascot for the boys in blue.

  5. BJD95 05/29/2013 at 12:37 PM #

    I think they just shoulda become the Ole Miss Black Rebels, and used Django from Django Unchained as their new mascot. Surely all of Mississippi could get behind that, right?

    If you don’t love Patton Oswalt, you need to learn to via YouTube.

  6. BJD95 05/29/2013 at 12:39 PM #

    Oh, and this year’s baseball team is one of my favourite Wolfpack units (certainly top three) in recent memory.

  7. MP 05/29/2013 at 12:47 PM #

    Were the new Ole Miss and W&M mascots drawn by the same 7th grader?

  8. WolftownVA81 05/29/2013 at 12:50 PM #

    Thanks for the update. Let’s hope we can take care of business in 9 innings. I like free baseball but not a season’s worth in one game. If anyone knows of a live stream, please post it.

  9. Dr. BadgerPack 05/29/2013 at 1:15 PM #

    Should be a fun regional. I don’t recall many games this year that weren’t fun- hell, even the 24-12 loss to Elon was at least entertaining.

    As always, excellent preview Wuf

  10. lawful 05/29/2013 at 3:34 PM #

    Is the bear angry or waiving? Must have something to do with the hat. What’s the significance of his #10 jersey?

  11. BJD95 05/29/2013 at 3:48 PM #

    Eli’s number?

  12. tjfoose1 05/29/2013 at 5:23 PM #

    Ole Miss screwed the pooch on that one. Admiral Ackbar was the clear choice to make.

  13. tjfoose1 05/29/2013 at 5:41 PM #

    “Were the new Ole Miss and W&M mascots drawn by the same 7th grader?”

    Why do you think a tarhole football player did it?

  14. Wufpacker 05/29/2013 at 5:46 PM #

    LOL ‘foose. I grabbed a couple of the Ackbar images that some of the students had created at that time and was gonna toss one of them in too, but it just seemed to clutter things up.

    But in the interest of completeness, and because I won’t use it for anything else anyway……IT’S A TRAP!!!!!

  15. Wulfpack 05/30/2013 at 6:38 AM #

    Tony Kornheiser is a Binghamton alum.

  16. Wufpacker 05/30/2013 at 7:48 AM #

    Added some links at the bottom of the entry.

    Also, Trea Turner is among the 30 semi-finalists for the Golden Spikes Award. You can go HERE to vote for him (early and often…the process seems a bit more streamlined this year, just reload the page).

    He ain’t doing so hot just yet so it’s time to put our infamous poll skewing skills to work.

    Winning the fan vote doesn’t guarantee winning the award however (not even close), but still. Vote anyway.

  17. mak4dpak 05/30/2013 at 8:25 AM #

    Hey guys, lets cast our votes for Trea, the leader has 21% right now, Trea a distant 6%, so even if he doesn’t win the award, our fans can make him the top vote getter. I did my part, and if everyone else does, the percentage should go up for him. Vote as many times, as you like.

  18. TheCOWDOG 05/30/2013 at 9:11 PM #

    Bobby Wahl is also up for it. Patience at the plate will be tantamount if it shakes out like Saturday looks to.

    Wahl is good…But…one walk per 2 innings is his bugaboo.

    I’m takin’ 2, and goin’ to right.

  19. TheCOWDOG 05/30/2013 at 9:20 PM #

    And more…for Beej. Binghamton does have one from 2010 in the Bigs right now, throwing with the Twins.

    Everyone’s got one…

  20. blpack 05/30/2013 at 10:31 PM #

    Good preview of the weekend on Ch 14. Bing coach threw out some coach-speak, while Trea said the Pack will play with a chip on its shoulder.
    Time to stop talking and go play some ball.

  21. Wufpacker 05/31/2013 at 10:04 AM #

    A few new articles/links added this morning.

    Game One (Ole Miss/BillnMary) goes off at 2pm today.

    Pack takes on Binghamton tonight at 7pm in Game Two.

  22. Gene 05/31/2013 at 2:34 PM #

    Phi Beta Kappa started at William & Mary, in the 18th century.

    Some say wanting to get a Phi Beta Kappa chapter at NCSU may have lead to the faculty revolt against men’s basketball and athletics in general.

  23. Wufpacker 05/31/2013 at 5:01 PM #

    BillnMary tops the Rebs in game one 4-2.

    Elsewhere, UVa barely gets by Army 2-1, Clemson goes down hard to Liberty 8-3, and GT in danger of losing to Illinois at the moment.

    Miami up comfortably on Okie St 7-0.

  24. Wufpacker 05/31/2013 at 5:07 PM #

    GT loses.

  25. Wufpacker 05/31/2013 at 10:01 PM #

    Tarran Senay goes long early, Turner follows suit later, Pack pitching lives dangerously to start, but bullpen is its usual self.

    Pack tops Binghamton 4-1.

    Will face Bill & Mary tomorrow at 7pm in winner’s bracket.

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