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NC State Smokes Camels In Columbia

June 2, 2023
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — NC State used combined hitting heroics from LuJames Groover and Trevor Candelaria along with a great pitching effort from the duo of Logan Whitaker and Justin Lawson to defeat Campbell, 5-1, at Founder's Park in the opener of the Columbia Regional. 

The victory moves the Wolfpack to the winner's bracket of the regional where they will take on top-seeded South Carolina. That matchup will be Saturday at 6 p.m. following Central Connecticut State versus Campbell at noon. 

Groover smashed two homers, including a solo shot in the first to give NC State a lead it would not relinquish. Candelaria went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate, topped off with a solo homer in the top of the eighth inning to give the Pack a four-run advantage. 

Lawson pitched the final 3-1/3 innings to pick up the win and improve to 5-0 on the season. The righty allowed only one hit and fanned four while walking one. 

Whitaker navigated 4-1/3 innings and did not allow a run as he deftly wiggled out of jams despite allowing five hits and walking two. 

A PACK OF CAMELS 

Campbell had its chances. The Camels left nine runners on base, and while NC State can point to the 13 runners it left on base as proof that there were more runs on the table, the bottom line is the Wolfpack pitching did enough to thwart the scoring chances for the 2023 Big South champions. The Wolfpack was 1-for-7 at the plate with runners in scoring position which indicates that most of NCSU's stranded runners were left on first base.

Whitaker was especially adept at getting out of trouble. Campbell was 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position for the contest. Most of those at-bats were against Whitaker and Rio Britton — with the latter getting four outs in between Whitaker and Lawson but also allowing four hits and an earned run in the eight batters faced. 

It was Whitaker who gave his team a chance to win which the Wolfpack hitters and relievers took advantage of. 

WEB GEMS

NC State, a team that has struggled in the field this season and, at times, mangled the simplest of plays, spared itself a harder task with some solid glovework against Campbell. 

There were several diving plays in the outfield, including two in a pivotal third inning when Campbell had two singles but did not score due to terrific catches from Noah Soles in right field and Chase Nixon in left. Whitaker then fanned cleanup hitter Logan Jordan to escape trouble. 

Eli Serrano also gloved a grounder that somehow hopped above his head in an unassisted groundout that prevented a Camel run. 

The Wolfpack also showed great pragmatism in the field. Campbell scored only a run in the sixth inning despite having three hits and an NC State error in the frame. The Camels pushed its run across with a sacrifice fly, but Parker Nolan — who entered the game earlier as a pinch runner — wisely threw the ball to second base instead of making a vain attempt at home plate for the runner tagging up. The other Campbell baserunner remained at first base, and the Camels did not score again despite getting two more hits.

When NC State executes the simple plays and makes smart decisions in the field, the Wolfpack is much tougher to beat — and wins over ranked opponents are not that hard to believe in that scenario.

OPENING ACT

NC State has now won its regional opener in seven of the last nine tournament appearances, with losses in 2018 and 2019, the latter against Campbell in Greenville, as the only blemishes since 2011. 

AVENT METER

998 wins at NC State
1,222 wins overall

CANDY

Trevor Candelaria's number of four-hit games in college baseball regular season: Once in 214 games

Trevor Candelaria's number of four-hit games in NCAA Championship play: Once in one game

THE LAST TIME

The last time NC State limited a ranked team to one run or less in a game was on April 1, 2023, against Louisville. 

NEXT: NC State (36-19) vs South Carolina — Saturday, June 3 at 6 p.m.

NC State Smokes Camels In Columbia

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Tom OBriens Smile
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Now thats a headline - and true!

A lot of contriubtors.
Alex Gee
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This made me realize that if Avent's 1,000th win at NCSU were to happen this season it would be the game that sends us to the Supers. Pretty cool.
getwicked
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All time headline
DrummerboyWolf
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Alex Gee said:

This made me realize that if Avent's 1,000th win at NCSU were to happen this season it would be the game that sends us to the Supers. Pretty cool.
Not necessarily. If we win tomorrow then win on Sunday or Monday this would be correct. If we lose tomorrow, then win 1000 would come in the first championship game of which we would have to win two. Still a pretty neat accomplishment either way.
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DrummerboyWolf said:

Alex Gee said:

This made me realize that if Avent's 1,000th win at NCSU were to happen this season it would be the game that sends us to the Supers. Pretty cool.
Not necessarily. If we win tomorrow then win on Sunday or Monday this would be correct. If we lose tomorrow, then win 1000 would come in the first championship game of which we would have to win two. Still a pretty neat accomplishment either way.


Ah this is true. I like the first way better lol
Colonel Armstrong
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Phenomenal headline, well done sir
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WELL PLAYED SIR!!
Tootie4Pack
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Smoke 'um if you got 'um.
Kmcpack
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Anyone know what channel the game tomorrow will be on if any?
I40Wolf
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Kmcpack said:

Anyone know what channel the game tomorrow will be on if any?
Probably SECN doubt ACCN will cover it.
Bismarck
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ACCN will be showing The Class that Saved Coach K followed by a discussion with Tre Boston about UNC as a 2023 dark horse.
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Kmcpack said:

Anyone know what channel the game tomorrow will be on if any?
ESPN+
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Nate97
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Yep, confirmed, ESPN+ only. Other 6pm games on the actual ESPN channels. ACCN has Wake/Maryland. Cue the outrage.
Kmcpack
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Nate97 said:

Yep, confirmed, ESPN+ only. Other 6pm games on the actual ESPN channels. ACCN has Wake/Maryland. Cue the outrage.

Donkey balls. Was afraid of that
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Nate97 said:

Yep, confirmed, ESPN+ only. Other 6pm games on the actual ESPN channels. ACCN has Wake/Maryland. Cue the outrage.

Where is the TV line up? What's on ESPNU, ESPN2 and SEC? I know it is not our game, but curious what games are on those channels.
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Colonel Armstrong
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I think Kentucky Indiana should've been marked as the No show game. Feels like USC vs State would get better ratings.

Can't be mad about Wake getting the ACCN slot
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Wolfer79
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Bismarck said:

ACCN will be showing The Class that Saved Coach K followed by a discussion with Tre Boston about UNC as a 2023 dark horse.


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