Baseball Update

Now that there is some breathing room for Pack fans between NCAA basketball weekends (and we’re all infinitely happy to be BETWEEN NCAAT games, and not finished with games of course), I figured I’d jump in and give a quick update on what the Pack9 has been up to.

When last we met, Wolfpack Baseball had gotten off to pretty respectable start all things considered, including taking 2 of 3 from Clemson to open up conference play. The bats had awoken, and Jobu was happy as State was about to embark on a 2 week stretch during which they would be away from home for 8 of 9 games.

But sadly, someone stole Jobu’s rum.

For anyone who has no clue what the hell a Jobu is, and why keeping him happy is important…


Que pasa there, Pedro…indeed.

But I digress…

After a pretty big win at Florida Atlantic (a bigger win than it sounds like, fwiw) to start the road swing, the Pack ran into a buzzsaw in Coral Gables. A Friday extra inning game which could have gone either way but ended up falling to Miami’s column, quickly turned into a weekend sweep at the hands of daU in which the Pack was barely competitive in games 2 and 3.

Next, the Pack split a home and home with UNC-G, before heading north to BC.

BC’s field was unplayable so the games were moved elsewhere, and Boston area weather shortened the series to two games, which ended up becoming a 1-1 split.

Seems nothing good ever happens in Boston.

So for those keeping score, the Pack only managed to go 3-5 (1-4) on a road trip that included ACC Baseball’s perennial punching bag. Their record now moves to 12-9 (3-5).

That’s not so great, but the Pack has a chance to make some hay starting this week as they begin a swing where they’ll play 8 of their next 9 at the Doak for the next two weeks.

Non-conference home dates vs Elon and NC A&T get things started this week on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, then Pitt (10-12, 4-5ACC) comes to town this weekend for 3.

Next week, a mid-week road game at Charlotte precedes a visit from Florida State.

I’ll try to put together an actual FSU preview if time allows. But just in case, the nitty gritty on FSU is that barring any major stumbles vs VT this weekend, the ‘Noles (19-6, 7-2ACC) will almost certainly be sporting a top ten ranking upon their arrival in Raleigh after taking 2 of 3 at UVa this past weekend.

Along with Louisville, FSU is on the verge of making the ACC’s Atlantic division a two team race. Hopefully we’ll have something to say about that.

ACC Standings

Schools Conf W-L-T Conf PCT W-L-T PCT
Louisville 8-1-0 .889 18-6-0 .750
Florida State 7-2-0 .778 19-6-0 .760
Wake Forest 4-5-0 .444 15-10-0 .600
Clemson 4-5-0 .444 11-11-0 .500
NC State 3-5-0 .375 12-9-0 .571
Notre Dame 3-6-0 .333 15-7-0 .682
Boston College 1-7-0 .125 6-13-0 .316


Schools Conf W-L-T Conf PCT W-L-T PCT
Miami 6-3-0 .667 18-7-0 .720
Georgia Tech 5-4-0 .556 16-7-0 .696
North Carolina 5-4-0 .556 14-9-0 .609
Virginia Tech 5-4-0 .556 12-12-0 .500
Duke 4-5-0 .444 18-6-0 .750
Pitt 4-5-0 .444 10-12-0 .455
Virginia 3-6-0 .333 14-7-0 .667

Go Pack!!!

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    Now that there is some breathing room for Pack fans between NCAA basketball weekends (and we’re all infinitely happy to be BETWEEN NCAAT games, and no
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    About time ya got yer ass outta the club car!

    Red never went this long without punching keys.

    That was a funky road trip, and best dispatched early on. Like seedlings, baseball requires a dose of warmage to to get it going.


    Heh…panem et circenses uninterrupted has been hard to come by lately.

    I ended up ‘writing’ this one unexpectedly and on the fly as it were, instead of finishing a most excellent dvr’d episode of The Walking Dead, so….yeah. My obligation to the people, over the dead people, won out.

    Obviously only minimal time/effort, and obviously zero research.

    Hopefully warmer weather will be the necessary elixir for all involved, including the team.


    Hope we don’t play Winthrop…They beat both the Cocks and the Tigers~

    "Whomp 'em, Up, Side the Head"!


    Thanks for the update.


    Carlos Rodon making it very difficult for the Sox to send him down:

    ” Carlos Rodon struck out nine in four dazzling innings Wednesday night, making his latest impressive bid to join the White Sox rotation, and Chicago cruised to a 6-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

    Rodon, the third player selected in last year’s draft, walked none and allowed four singles, throwing 47 strikes in 67 pitches. Rodon has fanned 19 batters this spring, tying for the Cactus League lead, in 12 1/3 innings.

    “I’m glad no walks,” he said. “That’s the best part of the day.”

    The left-hander faced a lineup that included eight regular starters for the AL champion Royals, no doubt making it difficult for Chicago to send him back to the minors.”

    Also reunited with Brett Austin:

    “Rodon threw to Brett Austin, his catcher at North Carolina State and Chicago’s fourth-round draft pick last year. “It was fun to throw to Brett again,” Rodon said. “Brett and I have been roommates for two years. Brett and I have been real good friends. Before college, we played together. It was just like old times, like riding a bike throwing to him.”

    Maybe they can get some kind of Carlton / McCarver thing going.


    Sweet, Tuesday in CLT! Gotta work on that…

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