NOTES: Pack, Rice Set To Battle

Here are some notes on NC State with the Super Regional set to begin today. The Wolfpack and Rice will start their series today at 4:00 pm.

Points of Pride
NC State is one of only five schools in the nation to play in a bowl game, reach the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament, and advance to an NCAA Baseball Super Regional in 2013 (Kansas State, Louisville, Oklahoma and UCLA).

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 34-1 when leading after five innings, 40-2 when leading after six, 40-2 when leading after seven, and 41-0 when leading after eight.

Turner The Table Setter
Trea Turner has reached base in 107 of 114 career games (93.9%).

Since 2012, NC State's record when Turner...
Has four or more hits: 3-1 (.750)
Has three or more hits: 16-3 (.842)
Has two or more hits: 38-10 (.792)
Has one or more hits: 71-20 (.780)
At least reaches base: 81-25 (.764)
Doesn't reach or doesn't play: 8-9 (.471)

Turner has advanced to second base at least once in 104 of the 107 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 59 of 61 games this season, and sits 22-for-47 (.468) when leading off an inning.

Game-Winning Innings
NC State has outscored its opponents 63-29 in the third, 67-17 in the sixth, and 52-25 in the eighth.

ATF - Austin, Turner, Fincher
Austin, Turner, and Fincher have batted in some order in 32 of the last 34 games (State is 29-5 during that stretch). They've represented the top of the order for 27 of those contests.

State has won six of Rodon's last seven starts, since the worst outing of his career (at Boston College on April 13). Rodon has gone at least 6 2/3 in every appearance since, hit double figure strikeouts in five of seven, and sports a 1.69 ERA for that stretch.

In last seven: 58.2 IP, 37 H, 14 R, 11 ER, 13 BB, 76 K, 3 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 6-0.. 104, 129, 94, 133, 128, 130, 111

Carlos Rodon collected back-to-back ACC Pitcher of the Week honors for dominating performances against Florida Atlantic and La Salle.

Rodon set new career-highs for strikeouts in both games, fanning 14 against La Salle and 16 the next week against FAU. The sophomore struck out eight of the first nine Florida Atlantic batters he faced.

Grounder To The Face?
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. Clyde's batting .274 with hits in 12 of 15 games since the injury. His two front teeth are still being tested for sensitivity, and will be pulled if they don't improve.

Five On It
State is 41-3 when opponents score five or less. The Pack has held opponents to five runs or less in 41 of its 47 wins. In five of the Wolfpack's 14 losses, the opposition had a five-run inning.

Doak Sweet Doak
State is 10-1 all time in NCAA postseason games at Doak Field at Dail Park. Doak has never hosted a super regional.

Bullpen vs. Bullpen
Even though NC State relievers have pitched 70.1 innings more than their opposition, yet the Wolfpack is still winning the battle of the pens, allowing 101 runs (82 ER) to 140 runs (111 ER) surrendered by opponents. State relievers have gone 293.2, an average of 4.8 innings per game.

In the 53 games played since Feb. 27, the Wolfpack's starter has gone longer than the opponents' starter 18 times.

Game Overman
Chris Overman went 22 innings without allowing an earned run in 2013, a streak of 23 innings dating back to 2012, before taking the loss against North Carolina in the ACC Tournament.

Overman has surrendered just three earned over his last 30 innings (0.90 ERA) stretching back to April 25, 2012. Overman had an 18 2/3 inning scoreless streak snapped in 2012.

Comeback Pack
NC State has trailed in 17 of its last 27 weekend games, but has come back to win 13 of them. The Pack's five-run comeback in game two at Boston College was its largest since March 15, 2011 vs. Buffalo.

The Wolfpack won 10-consecutive ACC games this season, the most since a run of 13 in 1997. The Wolfpack swept two of its last four ranked opponents (swept No. 14 Georgia Tech and No. 22 Virginia Tech, split with No. 1 UNC, lost two against No. 9 FSU).

Johnny Bullpen
NC State's bullpen has 29 of the Pack's 47 wins, and has claimed the win in 17 of State's last 27 victories. The Wolfpack pen has inherited 202 runners, allowing 55 to score (27%).

State relievers have entered with the bases loaded 20 times and held their opponents without a run on nine of those occasions. Opponents are batting .210 against Wolfpack relievers.

Bombs Senay
Tarran Senay earned Most Outstanding Player of the 2013 Raleigh Regional honors after a five-RBI performance in the championship game that included a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning. The senior first baseman finished the weekend 5-for-11 with seven RBIs, two homers, two runs, and a double.

Senay earned his first career ACC Player of the Week honor on April 22 for a nine RBI weekend at Georgia Tech. Senay lifted the Pack to a 13-4 win in game one of the series behind six RBIs, two doubles, and a homer. He finished the weekend hitting .411, and came to the plate just twice with the bases empty.

No More Freebies
Passed balls and wild pitches have been down for the Pack in 2013. The Wolfpack is averaging 0.85 WPs + PBs combined per game, a significant improvement over the 1.27 allowed per game in 2012.

Perfect Game?
On April 2 at East Carolina, NC State hitters had no strikeouts for the first time since March 17, 2006. In the same game, Wolfpack pitchers did not issue a walk for the second time this season.

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 27-for-33 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 59% of the time (51-for-86) this season when reaching base with less than two outs.

Ranked For A Year
NC State joined the national rankings on March 12, 2012, and was ranked in every major poll released until March 25, 2013. State's highest ranking during that streak was No. 8 according to Baseball America during the 2013 preseason and CBN on March 4. The Wolfpack climbed as high as No. 9 during the 2012 season.

The Pack was unranked in the Baseball America poll for two weeks, and the coaches poll for one, before returning to the national rankings in all major polls on April 8.

The Wolfpack has been included in every major poll in 28 of the last 30 releases going back to March 12, 2012.

Brett Millions, Overnight Celebrity
NC State's Brett Williams became a YouTube sensation by making a tremendous diving grab against New Mexico State on February 27. Brett's catch has amassed more than 4.4 million views since being posted to YouTube that day.

The play was featured on Good Morning America, Pardon The Interruption, CNN, Deadspin, Buzzfeed, and Yahoo! Sports. It landed at #2 on SportsCenter's top plays of the night, and #4 for top plays of February. Williams climbed as high as the second slot on YouTube's featured videos, behind only the Miami Heat's Harlem Shake.

On PTI's Toss-Up segment, Michael Wilbon said: "This is a big time catch... Some things are fake hustle, not this one... That catch is spectacular."

Down Goes Turner
All-America shortstop Trea Turner injured his ankle on the final play of the Pack's loss to Clemson on March 8. Turner led the team in the following categories prior to his injury: Batting average, slugging, on base percentage, runs scored, hits, RBIs, home runs, total bases, sac flies, stolen bases, two-out RBIs, and games with more than one hit.

Don't Mention It
The Pack had back-to-back starters (Ethan Ogburn and Brad Stone) take no-hitters into the seventh. Ogburn had a perfect game broken up by the first batter of the seventh at Charlotte on April 16. Stone had a no-hitter broken up by the first batter of the seventh at Boston College on April 14.

Easley Does It
Josh Easley needed just nine pitches to strike out the side in the 14th inning vs. Virginia Tech on April 5 to record his third win of the year.

Jake The Take
Jake Armstrong leads the Pack in combined free passes. He's been walked 27 times and hit by 16 pitches, in 45 games played.

Shaved Heads Saved Lives
The Wolfpack was sheared on Sunday, April 7 to raise over $12,000 to support Vs. Cancer and the Jimmy V Foundation in their efforts fighting childhood cancer.

No Easy Outs
Wolfpack hitters had a streak of 23-consecutive innings without being retired in order snapped in the sixth inning against Old Dominion on March 13.

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