Listen, y’all, I’m not going to recap the scoring in this one - I don’t have that kind of time. So go on over to GoPack and check the scoring recap and play-by-play for yourselves. I will, however, provide a screenshot of NC State’s stats from the Sidearm Stats live stats:
Let’s hit this bullet-point style:
- Austin Murr is now slashing .360/.515/.760 with 5 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, and a 6:3 BB:K ratio. That’ll work from the leadoff spot.
- Devonte Brown continues to destroy baseballs, and is incredibly fun to watch. He’s slashing .462/.500/.962 with 4 2B, 3 HR, 9 R, and 13 RBI. Beast.
- Patrick Bailey has now walked 11 times in seven games. He’s not going to see many great pitches to hit this year. He’s hitting just .211 but has a .469 OBP. Gotta love early season small sample size numbers!
- Noah Soles got the first start of his career and produced in a big way. There’s a reason this kid was drafted last year.
- Terrell Tatum now has as many walks (6) as official at-bats on the season. That’ll work.
- Luca Tresh made his season debut, coming in as a defensive replacement at catcher for the 9th inning. Tresh got injured during the preseason and missed the first six games of the year. It’s a good sign to have him potentially back as he has a bat that can be a major impact.
- This is why Chris Villaman was so highly touted coming in. Four innings of hitless shutout ball against a team that can swing the bats pretty dang well.
- Villaman left the game after the 4th with the Wolfpack ahead 11-0. With the game well in hand, it was all about getting some maintenance work in for the regular guys (Feeney, Justice, Silver, Klyman).
- 6’10 Freshman Austin Pace made his debut and looked really freaking good. The biggest issue for really tall pitchers like Pace is typically repeatable motions, but he appeared to have no problems there. If what he showed is what he can do routinely going forward, this kid is going to make waves on a big scale.
- Where is Cam Cotter?
- Tennessee Tech first baseman Jason Hinchman can seriously hit. The 6’3, 225 pounder had another two hits on the day and is now slashing .560/.560/1.320 on the year with 6 HR. If he was a left-handed hitter, he’d be making some serious draft noise right now. He may still by the end of the year.