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To the Brackmobile!

Andrew Brackman came to NC State on a basketball scholarship, but he also came to play baseball, and thus far he hasn't failed to disappoint. Against UNC on Friday, he pitched seven innings and struck out 12 (!) batters.

His season totals: 20 IP, 13 H, 26 K, 8 BB, 1.80 ERA, 1.05 WHIP

It's a small sample, but it is very encouraging. Brackman made his first few appearances as a reliever, but has started two consecutive games. In those two starts (against ECU and UNC), he has given up a combined 3 runs. It is a credit to Brackman's talent that he has already worked his way into the weekend rotation.

His K-rate is particularly worth noting. Brackman is averaging 11.7 K/9IP, which is easily the best figure among NC State starters. The Wolfpack's other main SPs--Gib Hobson, Branden Knapp, Jeff Stallings, Phillip Davidson--each have srikeout rates between 5-6K/9IP. Brackman gives the staff a good power pitcher, something the team has missed since Michael Rogers and Vern Sterry graduated after last season.

While I'm on the topic of NC State baseball, I should also note the performance of first baseman Aaron Bates, who has put together the following line in 44 games: .399/.512/.633. Homie is rakin' it this season.