N.C. State's 11-1 start has drawn some attention nationally. The Wolfpack has jumped into some national polls this week.
What will a tough early season schedule do for a college baseball team. It will make it better in the long run.
And success against tough opponents can improve a team's RPI (Ratings
Percentage Index, a formula that takes into account a team's record,
strength of schedule and other factors). East Carolina, which faced
then No. 2 Virginia and then No. 10 South Carolina in its first two
weekend series, has vaulted to the top 10 in one national poll and is
rated No. 5 in the boydsworld.com RPI, a very accurate unofficial list.
N.C. State baseball coach Elliott Avent really didn't know what to
expect when his season started. He had a team with some new faces and
was coming of a wintry preseason practice schedule that was hampered by
What he got was the Pack's best start since 2006, a 10-1 bolt from
the gates that has seen prolific hitting against weaker teams and a
victory over then No. 4-ranked Cal Irvine.
N.C. State's baseball team took the first step in what could be a very
big weekend with a 7-4 upset of No. 4 UC-Irvine on Friday night at
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
This weekend's series at East Carolina's Clark-LeClair stadium
between ECU and South Carolina is a classic matchup of two
tradition-rich baseball programs. Just the kind of series that gets the juices
flowing in the early season.
But this one has an interesting subplot. East Carolina ended the
Gamecocks' 2009 season in Greenville in an NCAA regional. Now, the
Gamecocks are back. It's a new year and a different situation but South
Carolina coach Ray Tanner is still plenty
wary of the stadium and the Pirates despite a 6-2 victory in Friday
night's opener of a three-game series.
Senior second baseman Dallas Poulk received a bonus on Monday after
N.C. State had its best offensive weekend in the baseball program's
history by scoring a school-record 65 runs in a three-game series sweep
of La Salle.
Poulk, who drove in 10 runs in the series, was selected ACC player of the week Monday.
Virginia's baseball team went on a wild ride last year, winning the ACC
tournament as the sixth seed and advancing to the College World Series
for the first time in the program's history. They had to do it on the
road in the NCAA playoffs -- going to California-Irvine for their
first-round playoff series and Mississippi for the Super Regionals.
The Cavaliers, who return their team virtually intact and enter the
season with their highest national ranking ever at No. 2, showed they
can still beat good teams on the road Friday with a 6-2 victory over a
strong East Carolina club that is ranked as high as 11th nationally.
RALEIGH - N.C. State came out swinging in its baseball
season-opener on Friday afternoon at Doak Field. And didn't stop until
it had scored a school-record 32 runs in a 32-3 victory over La Salle.
The Pack scored 10 runs in the first inning and led 20-1 after three
innings. The single-game record for runs of 29 set on March 24, 1984,
against Wake Forest was broken when State scored six runs in the sixth
inning to take a 31-2 lead.
"The wind was blowing and we came out swinging," N.C. State coach Elliott Avent said. "We were swinging the bats very well."
Former North Carolina stars Dustin Ackley and Alex White reached agreements with their respective major league teams minutes before Monday's midnight deadline to sign players selected in this year's draft. And both became millionaires in the process.
ZEBULON — The Chattanooga Lookouts, in town to play the Carolina Mudcats, have taken the look of their new major league affiliate, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Gone are the red and black uniforms they had under the days of the Cincinnati Reds, their former affiliate, who are now with the Mudcats.
The Mudcats' red, black and white unis suited the Reds just fine.
But the Lookouts' classic uniforms, which prominently featured the trademark logo, with eyes inside a 'C', had to go.