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NC State pounds Florida State, 16-0, in series opener

JR RHP Jason Parker dominated the FSU bats, while the Wolfpack hitters did the job

JR RHP Jason Parker, Chris Baird

With NC State going up against a returning All-ACC 1st Team pitcher and Team USA Collegiate National Team member, it was the Wolfpack’s starting pitcher who looked the part in the series opener with NC State posting a resounding 16-0 victory. With the win, the Wolfpack improve to 18-0 (4-0) on the season while Florida State drops to 13-3 (2-2).

Sixteen runs against the ace of a team ranked as high as #1 nationally will typically be the highlight of a game, but the highlight of this one was NC State JR RHP Jason Parker. Going up against a formidable Florida State offense - and being opposed on the hill by FSU JR LHP Drew Parrish - Parker went a career-high 7.0 innings, scattered just five hits (and no extra base hits), walked two batters, hit one, and struck out a career-high ten Seminoles hitters, all while not allowing a single run in the game.

The Wolfpack offense did all it needed to do in the bottom of the 2nd inning. SR 1B Evan Edwards led off the inning with an opposite field home run on a fly ball that just cleared the fence (it’s nice when the game-winning RBI comes in the 2nd inning). FR CF Tyler McDonough followed with a double, then thanks to an unofficial error by FSU LF Elijah Cabell (with an assist from the stadium lights) JR 1B Brad Debo put a ball to the wall in left field to score McDonough and give the Pack a 2-0 lead. SO RF Devonte Brown cranked a triple to right-center field to score Debo, then came in to score when SO 3B David Vazquez followed with a single. The four runs were only half of what the Pack would put up in the inning.

SO 2B J.T. Jarrett would bunt for a hit, JR LF Jonny Butler walked to load the bases, and then SO C Patrick Bailey lined a double to the left field wall to plate two more runs for NC State. After an Edwards walk to re-load the bases, McDonough hit an infield single to the left side that bounced away from FSU SS Nander De Sedas. The lead was 8-0 and the rout was on.

Impressively, all eight runs (six of them earned) came against Parrish. Before the day was finished, the Wolfpack would touch up the All-Everything Florida State starter for 9 runs (7 earned) on 10 hits (including 6 extra base hits) over 5.0 innings.

NC State’s hitters also got to the Seminoles bullpen, plating seven more runs over the final three innings of the game against three FSU pitchers.

Let’s just get to the stats, because they’re gaudy:

  • SO C Patrick Bailey: 3-for-4, 2B, HR, BB, 3 R, 4 RBI
  • SR 1B Evan Edwards: 1-for-3, HR, 2 BB, 2 R, RBI
  • FR CF Tyler McDonough: 4-for-5, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI
  • JR DH Brad Debo: 2-for-5, 2B, 3B, 3 R, 3 RBI
  • SO 3B David Vazquez: 2-for-5, 2B, R, RBI

Every single Wolfpack starter scored a run in the game. The game marked the 7th time this season that the Wolfpack have notched a double-digit run total in a game, and NC State is now averaging 13.4 runs per game over their last five games.

SO LHP David Harrison finished off the final two frames for NC State, allowing two hits and striking out two batters, including the final out of the game.

The series continues tomorrow with first pitch scheduled for 6:30pm.