Pack9 Sweeps Deacs, Wins 9th Straight

Wolfpack Baseball, having already clinched the road series at Wake with a lopsided 19-1 win Friday night and a 3-2 nailbiter Saturday, came into Monday’s nationally televised game in Winston-Salem looking to keep moving forward.

Logan Ratledge had a nice little offensive night as he got the Pack on the board quickly with a leadoff solo shot to left. Then, when he came to bat again in the top of the 3rd, he launched a 2 run blast to give the Pack a 3-0 advantage. He would end the night going 2 for 4 with 2 HR, 3 RBI and 3 runs scored.

Wake would fight back to tie things up before the rain and lightning temporarily put a halt to things with 2 down in the Pack’s half of the 5th. But after the rains had ended and play resumed, the Pack jumped on Wake again quickly, putting together a nice 2 out rally before going down in the 5th. They would add another run in the 6th for a 6-3 lead.

But with their backs to the wall to qualify for the ACCT, Wake would not roll over and die. To their credit, they continued to scratch and claw in the later innings, seemingly taking advantage of every Wolfpack miscue (and there were plenty).

When Wolfpack reliever Tommy DeJuneas plunked Wake’s Gavin Sheets, his 2nd hit batsman of the frame, to load the bases with none away in the Wake half of the 8th and the Pack clinging to a narrow 1 run lead, things weren’t looking terribly rosy. But DeJuneas would bear down and retire the next three batters in succession, striking out two of them, to get out of the jam.

Then in the 9th, with the Pack still clinging to the narrow 6-5 lead, Andrew Knizner would put the cherry on top of the sundae with a majestic 3 run blast to left center, giving the Pack some breathing room.

And it was breathing room the Pack would need as DeJuneas would come out for the 9th still a bit shaky, and Wake would again load the bases.  DeJuneas would yield to Travis Orwig with the sacks full, and Wake would manage to push a run across, but Orwig managed to retire the only two batters he faced, giving State the 9-6 victory and the road sweep of the Deacs.

With the win, the Pack’s win streak has now reached 9 straight games and runs their overall record to 30-18, 14-12 ACC. State has won 3 consecutive series, sweeping the past two.  The win also clinches a spot for the Pack9 in the ACC Baseball Tournament, as the Pack can now finish no worse than 10th overall in the ACC Baseball Tournament seeding process, even with a worst-case-scenario sweep at the hands of Louisville.

At the moment however, State sits alone in the #5 hole, just a half game behind #4 Notre Dame and a full game ahead of both #6 Clemson and #7 Carolina (Clemson owns that tiebreaker).

As of now, as we head toward the finish line, the seedings are as follows…

  1. Louisville 23-4
  2. Miami 19-8
  3. FSU 17-10
  4. Notre Dame 15-12
  5. NC State 14-12
  6. Clemson 13-13
  7. Carolina 13-13
  8. Georgia Tech 13-14
  9. Virginia Tech 12-14
  10. Virginia 12-15

    Wake 11-16

ACC Standings

Schools Conf W-L-T Conf PCT W-L-T PCT
Louisville 23-4-0 .852 40-12-0 .769
Florida State 17-10-0 .630 37-16-0 .698
Notre Dame 15-12-0 .556 33-18-0 .647
NC State 14-12-0 .538 30-18-0 .625
Clemson 13-13-0 .500 27-25-0 .519
Wake Forest 11-16-0 .407 26-24-0 .520
Boston College 9-17-0 .346 26-24-0 .520
Schools Conf W-L-T Conf PCT W-L-T PCT
Miami 19-8-0 .704 38-13-0 .745
North Carolina 13-13-0 .500 31-19-0 .620
Georgia Tech 13-14-0 .481 32-18-0 .640
Virginia Tech 12-14-0 .462 26-24-0 .520
Virginia 12-15-0 .444 29-19-0 .604
Duke 8-18-0 .308 28-21-0 .571
Pitt 7-20-0 .259 17-31-0 .354


As far as the NCAA Tournament is concerned, the road sweep of Wake should do a lot to help the Pack’s case with the selection committee.  Their RPI, which was in the low to mid 50s coming into the weekend, should come in right around #40 after tonight’s win.  And with all of the rainouts the Pack has endured this season, not to mention their less than stellar road record on the season, their 30 wins now contain more than just a few quality ones.

(UPDATE: Pack9’s RPI after tonights win is #41)

Which is not to say that the Pack is off the bubble.  But they are certainly leaning way further in the right direction at this point than they were 9 games ago.  2 out of 3 this coming weekend vs Louisville might even earn a #2 seed, unfathomable just a couple of weeks ago.

The road record itself, now 7-12, is not so much of an issue with NCAAT selection, but since the Pack will be playing away from Raleigh in both the ACC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament, getting that monkey off their back is a good thing psychologically if nothing else.

So, with Louisville coming to town this weekend (Thursday thru Saturday) the Pack9 will hopefully be loose and looking at it as the opportunity that it is.  A highly ranked team on its home turf.  Lots to gain, very little to lose at this point.

Go Pack!!!

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    Wolfpack Baseball, having already clinched the road series at Wake with a lopsided 19-1 win Friday night and a 3-2 nailbiter Saturday, came into Monda
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    Some outstanding baseball last night. Fun to watch (and be able to watch). That Ratledge kid is becoming a beast. I’m glad Rodon is doing great in the bigs but it would have been monsterous for us to have him this year too. Pitching is everything. It’s funny we had more WF batters HBP than they had hits and we still managed a win.

    Smarter than the average bear


    Great sweep. In good position now. I thought 4-2 in the last 6 games would be enough to ensure pool play in the ACC as well as a spot in the NCAA. I am pretty sure that one victory this weekend puts them in the NCAA for sure.

    Keep up the winning streak. What is great to see is that they aren’t depending on one player only. Riley, Dunand, Ratledge, Fincher, Knizner, Palmeiro, etc. All have contributed to winning over the past few weeks. That is the mark of a good team and one that has bought in. Really impressive.


    Listened to the Saturday game. We were REALLY lucky there. Quickly got Wake down with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th. BUT, then, we beaned (or maybe walked one and beaned the other) two batters. So the tying run and the winning run were on base. BUT, we pulled it out and got the 3rd out.

    Watched most of the game last night. Again, we seemed to try to give it away. Even my wife commented that a more experienced team (WF) would easily have converted. We had a miffed fly ball to the outfield. THEN we decided to load up the bases….with NO outs (memory)…I admit to yelling at Foxhall loud enough to be heard in WS. THEN proceeded to get 3 out and avoid that little potential for a 4 run (GS homer). Exciting….but really….do we NEED this much?

    We seem like a pretty solid team…..but we lose focus. Hope that all the maturity that we seem to have developed (maybe Elliott is learning from Gottfried…..loose some and build character and experience) will stay with us.

    We need fewer mistakes (and charged “errors”) to be competitive….

    Gotta play the Louisville gang….They are 40 & 12 (Conf 23 & 4) and we are 30 & 18 (Conf 14 & 12)….according to Standings. Fortunately, the 3 game stint is in Good Old (new) Doak Field…

    GO PACK….just need to tighten up and play with poise and experience.


    Could someone with better knowledge than me (that’s most of you) explain what the deal is with Piedmonte? That’s the second time where I’ve seen him get pulled very quickly/early (allowing a few runners in early innings) and O’Donnell has come in and given up a few runs.

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