Reg Season Finale: Pack9 Hosts #3 Louisville

Wolfpack Baseball (30-18, 14-12 ACC) bids adieu to Doak Field for another year this weekend as they wrap up the regular season at home by welcoming in the #3 team in the country, and the top team in the ACC, for three games this weekend beginning Thursday evening at 6pm.

NC State has been on a nice little run the past 3 weeks as they’ve won 9 of their last 10 games, including the last 9 straight. The late season surge has pushed State up the standings in the ACC and they currently sit at #4 in the ACC’s Atlantic division, #5 overall in conference, and their RPI is currently #36 in the country. The Pack would like nothing more than to keep that momentum headed in the right direction as the nation’s #3 team invades Raleigh.

But Louisville has their own momentum going, not to mention plenty of motivation to play their best despite having already locked up the #1 seed for next week’s ACC Baseball Tournament at the DBAP.

With an overall record of 40-13 (23-4 ACC), the Cards haven’t lost a series in the conference all year, and have lost only one series all season…but not since February. Winners of 7 of their last 10, Louisville has only dropped consecutive games just once this season.

But again…not since February.

Home or away hasn’t mattered to the ‘Ville either, as they sport a 17-7 record away from home (12-4 in true road games). They’re just a very solid ballclub and when they’re between the lines they bring it every night.

And even though they’ll be the top seed in Durham next week no matter what happens in Raleigh this weekend, the Cards are good enough that they are (rightfully) looking toward Omaha and a national title. As things stand now, they would almost be assured of one of the 8 national seeds, ensuring them home field advantage thru the regional and super regional rounds.

A series win this weekend on the road in Raleigh would nearly cement their status regardless of next week’s results in Durham. On the other hand, a series loss to the Pack would give them at least some doubt about their standing as the ACC Tourney gets underway.

For the Wolfpack, which currently owns the ACC’s 5th seed for next week’s tournament and is assured of qualifying for the ten team field regardless of this weekend’s series results, this weekend is an opportunity to not only improve their seeding in the ACC Tournament, but also to pad their resume for a possible NCAA Tournament berth.  With a current RPI of #36 (our past opponents must have had a good coupla days since Monday) the Pack currently figures to receive a #3 seed somewhere, but with a good showing this weekend they could conceivably up their stock to a #2 .

But to do that, the Pack is going to have to continue scoring runs as they have for the past 3 weeks, and that’s going to be easier said than done.

Inside the Streak…and more

During the Pack’s current 9 game win streak they’ve outscored their opponents by an avg. of more than 4 runs per game.

Now admittedly, that’s a little misleading due to the 19-1 thumping put on the Deacs last Friday night.  But even if you toss that game out, the Pack has still won by an avg. of 2.5 runs per game.  In many of those games, the bats have been responsible as the Pack has put up 5 or more runs in 6/9 of those games.  But the pitching hasn’t been too shabby either, with the Pack’s staff yielding 3 or fewer runs in 7/9 of the games in the streak.

On the season as a whole, offensively speaking, the Pack has a bit of an edge over Louisville.  The Pack lineup bats at a .282 clip and has averaged scoring 6.14 runs per game.  For comparison sake, Louisville’s team avg. is .279, but they have only scored an average of 5.55 runs per game for the season.

On the other hand, Louisville leads the conference in pitching, and it’s not even close.  Their staff ERA is an impressive 2.66 with the next best in the league being 2.95.  They also carry an against avg. of .207 .

But who’s 2nd in ERA in the conference???  Well, that distinction belongs to our very own Pack9 believe it or not.

The oft-maligned Wolfpack staff also carries a sub-3.00 ERA (the aforementioned 2.95).  Among ACC staffs, only ‘Ville and NC State can say that.  What’s more, the Pack is also 2nd in against avg….and this one IS pretty close.  The Pack gives up base hits at only a .214 clip.  So, what’s the difference?

Mistakes, pure and simple.

The Pack’s staff is league worst in hit batsmen with 65, and 3rd worst in both walks (210) and wild pitches (54).  They also give up more than twice as many HRs as the Cardinal’s staff.

Defensively, the Pack is middle of the road this year (as is ‘Ville, btw), but the Pack’s boots seem to always come in bunches (though admittedly this is more just a feeling than anything I currently have hard numbers to support).

In any case, for the streak to continue the Pack is of course going to have to find a way to continue to score against Louisville’s very strong pitching staff.  But even more than that, Wolfpack pitchers will need to be loose and not get bogged down by control issues.  Runs will already be at a premium against Louisville, and we can’t afford to give them freebies.

IF…

If the Pack plays to their potential and tightens up the pitching control a bit, this should be a fun series.

ACC Tournament Seedings

  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

 

Division Standings

Atlantic
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
Coastal
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

 

ACC Out Of Town Schedule (all series Thu thru Sat)

  • Notre Dame at BC
  • Wake at Duke
  • UVa at Carolina
  • Virginia Tech at Pitt
  • Clemson at FSU
  • GT at Miami

FWIW, we should all be fans of BC, UVa, Pitt and Miami this weekend.  FSU/Clemson is a tougher call, but I’m leaning FSU even though we own the Clemson head to head tiebreaker.

Wake and Duke…take your pick.

 

Cards vs Pack Weekend Schedule

  • Thursday, 5/14 – 6pm – ESPN3
  • Friday, 5/15 – 6:30pm – ESPN3
  • Saturday, 5/16 – 1pm – RSN*

* Yep, real TV for Saturday’s game on the RSNs.  Click the link for specific channels.

Softball Shoutout

Hats off to the Wolfpack Softball Team, which has earned NCAA Tourney bids in 3 consecutive seasons for the first time in EVER.  Shawn Rychcik appears to be a keeper.

Wolfpack Softball earned a #2 seed and will open up NCAA Tournament play on Friday in Harrisonburg, Va. at 2pm vs #3 seed Fordham.  Also in the Harrisonburg Regional is top seeded host James Madison, and #4 seed Binghamton.

NC State Softball Earns Third Consecutive NCAA Regional Selection (GoPack.com)

The Pack played Fordham earlier this season at home and earned a 5-0 win at Dail Stadium. The meeting was the first between the programs. State also played Binghamton at home this year, earning a 7-0 win against the Bearcats.The Wolfpack owns a 6-1 all-time record versus James Madison and the teams last played in the 2013 NCAA Tournament at the Knoxville (Tenn.) Regional where NC State won both meetings.

Best of luck to the Wolven Ladies!!!!

Carlos Rodon Update

By virtue of his damned fine inaugural MLB start and win this past Saturday night, Carlos Rodon made it such that the ChiSox just couldn’t banish him back to the bullpen.  At least for the time-being, Carlos will be pitching regularly in the Sox rotation, with his next start scheduled for this Friday night in Oakland.

This appears to be the plan at least up to the All-Star break, though Rodon will likely get extra rest at times, at least until he acclimates more fully to the MLB grind….

White Sox push Carlos Rodon into rotation (ChicagoTribune.com)

The Sox initially used Rodon out of the bullpen in an effort to maximize his innings in his first full season out of college. Sox general manager Rick Hahn said they roughly mapped out Rodon’s schedule through the All-Star break to continue to try to manage his workload.

Rodon will have scheduled breaks along the way, such as being skipped in the rotation or receiving more than four days’ rest. Sox right-hander Hector Noesi, whom Rodon displaces in the rotation, will be available out of the bullpen but will make spot starts as well to help fill the gaps during Rodon’s breaks.

“(Rodon) knows that he will play an active role in communication to us what he is feeling and give us feedback based on what we are seeing from his outings,” Hahn said. “This is going to be a process. We are going to be open-minded and flexible. … That (schedule) could always change based on weather, effectiveness and any number of factors.”

And some highlights from this past weekend’s sweep of Wake….

 

 

Go Pack!!!  Beat dat Cardinal Ass!!! (Do cardinals have asses?  Yes…yes they do.)

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  • #86274

    Wufpacker
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    Wolfpack Baseball (30-18, 14-12 ACC) bids adieu to Doak Field for another year this weekend as they wrap up the regular season at home by welcoming in
    [See the full post at: Reg Season Finale: Pack9 Hosts #3 Louisville]

    #86278

    BJD95
    Keymaster

    What say we win Game One and get the drama over with early, Pack Nine? Please??

    #86279

    44rules
    Participant

    One would be nice, but two would be nicerer! Keep those bats swinging.

    And thanks for the updates. They’ve connected me with Pack baseball over the last few years.

    Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy. Mao Zedong

    #86281

    Wufpacker
    Participant

    Hopefully Anya and Freeman can limit Montrezl in the paint, and the duo of Barber and Lacey can have their way with the Cardinal’s backcourt.

    No wait…wrong sport. I just had a bad trip flashback to March.

    And now I’m sad.

    #86284

    Wufpacker
    Participant

    Win streak snapped at 9, largely due to lack of control from the hill.

    ‘Ville takes game one 4-3.

    #86285

    tjfoose1
    Participant

    12 freebies (8 walks and 4 beanies) sure don’t help.

    #86286

    Wufpacker
    Participant

    ^ Indeed. If the ‘good’ Brian Brown shows tonight we should hopefully have a puncher’s chance at least.

    #86287

    Wufpacker
    Participant

    Pack blanking Cards 3-0 headed to 9th.

    #86288

    Wufpacker
    Participant

    And I jinxed it. ‘Ville with a little something going in the 9th. 2nd and 3rd one away. DeJuneas comes on to try to close it out.

    And a base hit makes it 3-2.

    Dammit.

    #86289

    Wufpacker
    Participant

    DeJuneas Ks the next two to end it.

    The win assures Pack of a winning ACC record. Rubber match tomorrow at 1pm.

    #86290

    Pack78
    Participant

    Holes lose to UVA-if I have it right the Pack can finish no worse than 6th in the league for the ACCT seeding.

    #86291

    Adventuroo
    Participant

    Pack78,

    Listened to the game on WKNC. About midway through the game, when the Heels were behind, Gary Hahn said that he had the “official” info (from the ACC HQ) that IF the PACK wins (as they did) and IF the Heels LOSE (as they did), then we were IN as a 6th….and not part of the play-in or whatever on Tuesday.

    NOW, we still need to pull for FSU, but the Tigs sure seem to have their number.

    So, we dodge the “Les Robinson” series and get to play as the older kids….but it is NOT over yet.

    If you listened to the stats, Lewyville had 5 hits and 2 runs….but they had 5 errors. That was the way it was last night. L’ville’s D SUCKS.

    We kept our poise tonight….and pulled it out.

    Really good game…

    GO PACK. Got to do it tomorrow night…..and carry old Mo into the DPAC and kick some booty….

    #86292

    Wufpacker
    Participant

    ^ Correct. The Pack is assured of no worse than the 6, but a Pack win tomorrow OR a Clemson loss gives us the 5.

    And FSU better get it in gear for themselves as well. A quick glance (so I could be mistaken) tells me that if they lose tomorrow, ND takes the #3 from them.

    #86293

    Wufpacker
    Participant

    RPI up to 33 btw (had dropped to 40 after last night’s loss).

    #86294

    Wufpacker
    Participant

    As an aside, Rodon’s 2nd start didn’t go so well…unless you’re an Oakland fan.

    4.0 IP (pitched into the 5th but failed to retire a batter), gave up 5 runs on 5 hits and 6 BBs, with 5 Ks.
    Currently on the hook for the loss (5-2 Oak in the 6th).

    #86295

    Wufpacker
    Participant

    ChiSox put up a 5 spot in the 7th, Rodon off the hook, will remain 1-0.

    #86296

    JohnGalt78
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    Time for an N&O rant. According to the sports editor, the Cheaters 8th inning, wherein they scored 2 runs, thus avoiding a shut out, was worthy of the section’s headline and above the fold story, including a big a$$ color pic. The Pack’s defeat of number 2 Louisville was noted on page two in the “College Notebook” section that included some tidbits about ECU’s golf team, St Aug’s track and field accomplishments and something about Shaw’s traning staff interning with the Panthers this summer. The Cheaters get in the ACCT as losers only because Wake lost. Big news! The Pack hand L’ville their FIFTH ACC defeat. Crickets.

    A$$HOLES.

    #86297

    Wufpacker
    Participant

    ^ My guess is that all they bothered to do was cut and paste some of GoPack.com’s write up.
    Which is fine, I stopped caring what the N&O had to say about things a long time ago and I’m much happier. Sort of like finally ridding oneself of a batshit crazy ex.

    #86298

    BJD95
    Keymaster

    I want to see some fun shit today. Put King Hippo in LF.

    #86299

    Wufpacker
    Participant

    ^ LMAO

    Last night’s gamewinning k…

    #86300

    Fastback68
    Participant

    Who does #2 work for?

    #86301

    Wufpacker
    Participant

    Who does #2 work for?

    I believe the obvious answer would be either Randy Marsh, or maybe Bono. Hot, hot, hot, hot, hot….

    Even though the Pack9 dropped the series, and FSU couldn’t give a brutha some help to hang onto the 5th seed, the Softball team picked up the slack. Ladies knocked off top seed JMU today to remain unbeaten in the Harrisonburg regional and will now await whomever emerges from the loser’s bracket who must then beat the Pack ladies twice in a row tomorrow on short rest.

    #86305

    Wufpacker
    Participant

    If time and circumstance allows, I’ll probably put up a more (at least slightly) comprehensive ACC Baseball Tournament preview later tonight or tomorrow, but for now just the nitty gritty.

    Pack’s schedule is as follows:

    Wednesday – OFF
    Thursday – vs ND, 11am
    Friday – vs Miami, 7pm
    Saturday – vs UVa/GT winner, 7pm

    Overall Tournament Schedule:
    Tuesday, May 19
    #7 Virginia vs. #10 Georgia Tech, 11 a.m. (RSN)
    #8 North Carolina vs. #9 Virginia Tech, 3 p.m. (RSN)

    Wednesday, May 20
    #4 Florida State vs. #5 Clemson, 11 a.m. (RSN)
    #2 Miami vs. #7 Virginia/ #10 Georgia Tech, 3 p.m. (RSN)
    #1 Louisville vs. #8 North Carolina/#9 Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (RSN)

    Thursday, May 21
    #3 Notre Dame vs. #6 NC State, 11 a.m. (RSN)
    #5 Clemson vs. #1 Louisville, 3 p.m. (RSN)
    #4 Florida State vs. #8 North Carolina/#9 Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (RSN)

    Friday, May 22
    #3 Notre Dame vs. #7 Virginia/ #10 Georgia Tech, 11 a.m. (RSN)
    #5 Clemson vs. #8 North Carolina/#9 Virginia Tech, 3 p.m. (RSN)
    #2 Miami vs. #6 NC State, 7 p.m. (RSN)

    Saturday, May 23
    #1 Louisville vs. #4 Florida State, 11 a.m. (RSN)
    #2 Miami vs. #3 Notre Dame, 3 p.m. (RSN)
    #6 NC State vs. #7 Virginia/ #10 Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (RSN)

    Sunday, May 24
    ACC Championship, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)

    #86312

    PackerInRussia
    Participant

    Just wanna say that I took advantage of a US appearance to take a few of the Russia Jr’s out to the ballpark yesterday. Unfortunately didn’t get to see a comeback win, but had a nice time nonetheless. Got a taste of sun like we haven’t in a while and have the red knees and neck to prove it. We all now have a nice spectator’s tan (well, burn at the moment). Glad they got one win at least. Thought they were going to pull out some heroics yesterday, but, alas, they bumbled through the 9th giving up those runs. And I don’t know how it looked if you had better perspective, but I know the red-clad fans (the ones not cheering for Louisville that is) and coaches were a little miffed by the way balls and strikes were called against each team.

    #86314

    Wufpacker
    Participant

    Just wanna say that I took advantage of a US appearance to take a few of the Russia Jr’s out to the ballpark yesterday.

    Come all the way here and don’t bother to tell anybody? Dang man.

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