Cory Mazzoni and Ashley Eli

Cory Mazzoni

One of my favorite recent pitchers for N.C. State baseball is Cory Mazzoni. Mazzoni, drafted by the Mets in the second round in 2011, is currently with the Binhampton Mets, double A team. Cory is considered to be the 15th of the Mets top prospects. Here is Cory shutting down my Nats.

Mazzoni caught my eye in his freshman year during which he posted a 6.57 era with 30 strikeouts and a record of 1 and 5. As a sophomore Cory's era was 5.20 and his record was 7 and 3 with 89 strikeouts. When Cory was a junior, he had a fast ball of 94 to 95 mph, an era of 3.30, and a record of 6-6 with 137 strikeouts-most in a single season for State. Cory ended is career at State with 256 strikeouts, 7th all time. In Cory's last ACC tournament game he defeated Florida State 7-0 striking out 9.

For interest, during Cory's sophomore year he beat Georgia Tech 4-2 with four and one-third innings of no hit ball. Anthony Tzamtzis faced six batters in that game striking out three. I added this to show that prior to arm surgery, Anthony was not bad at all.

Last year in double A ball Cory had a record of 10-6 with an era of 3.93. So far, this year he is 1 and 1 with the Mets with an era of 3.38 and a whip of 1.13.

I am looking forward to watching Mazzoni pitch against the Nats in the near future.

Ashley Eli

Ashley Eli deserves her due. In the past within articles in which I listed the four star players on State's women's basketball team, I have failed to mention Ashley Eli. Recently in searching for possible future recruits for the women's team I ran across a bio for Eli which informed that Eli was indeed a four star recruit out of high school.

Ashley Eli, the 5-foot-11 wing from Mansfield, Texas, told ESPN HoopGurlz she verbally committed to North Carolina State on Saturday while on an unofficial visit. The four-star prospect also considered Memphis, where she visited June 18, Texas Christian, which she has been on campus several times, and UCF, which she visited last summer.

Ashley in her freshman year played 15 minutes per game, scored 2.4 points per game, pulled down 2.7 rebounds per game, shot 0.381 from the field, shot 0.316 from the three point line and shot 0.724 from the free throw line.

Four star players other than Eli currently on the women's team are Krystal Barrett, Lakeesa Daniels, Markeisha Gatling, M. Goodwin-Coleman and Therany Dunnigan. With the number of players who were four star recruits coming out of high school currently on State's women's team roster, it is clear that Harper was a fairly good recruiter. Maybe, in Harper's case, losing begets losing and it was just time for a change. In any case, in order for State to compete with Duke, UNC, Notre Dame and Lousiville, five star top 20 HoopGurlz recruits are needed.

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