NC State ACC Tournament Notebook

NC State begins the ACC Tournament tonight against Clemson at 7:00 p.m. Here are some ACC Tournament notes on the Wolfpack.

ACC TOURNAMENT PITCHING PROBABLES
NCSU Starter Record Day/Time Opponent Opposing Starter
LHP Brad Stone 2-2, 6.23 ERA Wed. 7:00 PM Clemson RHP Daniel Gossett (9-3, 2.20)
RHP Logan Jernigan 1-0, 0.84 Fri. 11:00 AM Miami TBA
LHP Carlos Rodon 8-2, 3.86 Sat. 7:00 PM UNC LHP Hobbs Johnson (4-0, 2.18)

Grounder To The Face?
Grant Clyde demonstrated toughness all season, but never more than May 4-5 against Presbyterian.

Taking ground balls at third base during batting practice prior to the May 4 game, Clyde took a bad-hop grounder in the mouth, loosening several teeth, splitting his upper lip and causing considerable swelling and bleeding. When Avent said he was going to scratch Clyde from the lineup, Clyde got a mouthpiece from the equipment room and insisted on staying in the lineup.

"No way I was coming out of the lineup," Clyde said.

The next morning, Clyde's mouth was so sore that the Wolfpack's team dentist was called in to take a look. Clyde played despite the discomfort, went 1-for-3 with a double and scored a pair of runs.

Notable Injuries in 2013
Trea Turner, SS (broken ankle):
Missed 11 starts, returned 3/27
Logan Jernigan, SP (broken hand): Missed six starts, returned 5/4
Logan Ratledge, 2B (broken hand): Missed 17 starts, returned 3/9
Brett Williams, CF (shin splints):
Missed eight starts, returned 3/19
Total starts missed this season: 42

Time Of The Wolf
The Wolfpack is 30-1 when leading after five innings, 36-1 when leading after six, 35-1 when leading after seven, and 36-0 when leading after eight.

Turner The Table Setter
Trea Turner has reached base in 101 of 108 career games (93.5%).

Since 2012, NC State's record when Turner...
Has four or more hits:
3-1 (.750)
Has three or more hits: 15-3 (.833)
Has two or more hits: 36-10 (.783)
Has one or more hits: 68-19 (.782)
At least reaches base: 77-24 (.762)
Doesn't reach or doesn't play: 8-9 (.471)

Turner has advanced to second base at least once in 98 of the 101 games he has reached (did not get to second vs. UVA on 4/1/12, ECU on 3/28/12, and Duke on 5/16/13).

Jake The Ripper
Jake Fincher has reached base in 53 of 55 games this season, and sits 22-for-45 (.489) when leading off an inning.

Game-Winning Innings
NC State has outscored its opponents 62-28 in the third, 60-16 in the sixth, and 49-23 in the eighth.

Afterburner Turner
Trea Turner took over as NC State's career stolen base king on April 20, 2013. He swiped 57 bags on 61 attempts a year ago, and he's 24-for-30 this season. It took Turner 94 career games to pass the mark of previous record of 73 stolen bases, set by Tom Sergio in 243 games from 1994-97.

Turner owns a share of the ACC single-game record (5), but came up just short of the conference's season record (63 by Brian Roberts in 1998). The ACC career record is 127, set by Georgia Tech's Ty Griffin from 1986-88.

In 2012, Turner stole more bases than 158 TEAMS. His total would have placed him 133rd on the team stolen base rankings.

Turner has scored 60% of the time (47-for-78) this season when reaching base with less than two outs.

Johnny Bullpen
NC State's bullpen has 26 of the Pack's 42 wins, and has claimed the win in 14 of State's last 22.

The Wolfpack pen has inherited 185 runners, allowing 53 to score (29%). State relievers have entered with the bases loaded 19 times and held their opponents without a run on nine of those occasions. Opponents are batting .215 against Wolfpack relievers.

Bullpen Vs. Bullpen
Even though NC State relievers have pitched 67.1 innings more than their opposition, the Wolfpack bullpen is winning the battle of the pens, allowing 97 runs (79 ER) to 136 runs (107 ER) surrendered by opponents. State relievers have gone 267.2 IP compared to 200.1 for the opposition. In the 47 games played since Feb. 27, the Wolfpack's starter has gone longer than the opponents' starter 16 times.

Nasty Boys 2.0
Chris Overman, Grant Sasser, and Ryan Wilkins have been positively nasty all year for the Pack.

In a combined 64 appearances, this trio boasts the following numbers: 9-2, 15 Sv, 2.23 ERA, 101 IP, 70 H, 25 ER, 27 BB, 99 K

Rodon & Turner to Team USA
For the second consecutive year, NC State sophomores Trea Turner and Carlos Rodon will suit up for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

Turner returns to Team USA after leading the squad in hits, runs, walks, and on-base percentage a year ago. Turner drew 16 walks in 18 games, twice as many as his nearest teammate, while hitting .315 for a team-leading .479 OBP.

The Lake Worth, Fla. native led Team USA with 18 runs.

Rodon made five appearances for Team USA in 2012, going 2-0 over 19.0 IP. He allowed three earned for a 1.42 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP, with 21 strikeouts and seven walks. His earned run average with the team trailed only Bobby Wahl's 1.17 mark as the closer.

Both Baseball America and Perfect Game named Rodon as the top prospect on the 2012 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

Rodon and Turner are the first Wolfpackers to play for back-to-back collegiate national teams. Last year, the pair marked the first players from NC State to earn a roster spot since Eric Surkamp in 2007.

Andy Barkett, Pat Clougherty, and Terry Harvey made the 1993 squad, the only time the Pack has had more players on a single collegiate national team.

Game Overman
Chris Overman's gone 21 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run in 2013, bringing his current streak to 22 2/3 innings dating back to 2012.

Overman has surrendered just two earned over his last 29 1/3 innings (0.61 ERA) stretching back to April 25, 2012. Overman had an 18 2/3 inning scoreless streak snapped in 2012.


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