NOTES: Pack, Heels Open CWS

NC State opens the College World Series today against UNC. Here are some notes on the Wolfpack.

All We Do Is Win
Since March 31, NC State owns a 31-4 record with the only losses coming twice each to No. 1 national seed North Carolina and No. 7 national seed Florida State.

Records of CWS clubs since March 31
NC State.....................31-4
Oregon State...............28-7
Mississippi State...........25-11

5-0 in 2013 NCAA Championship
NC State is among five CWS teams that are 5-0 in NCAA Tournament play this year. Indiana, LSU, Louisville and UCLA are the other clubs that haven't lost a game.

Taking Care Of Business
Only seven losses all season long came to non-national seeded teams.

Free Baseball
NC State is 5-2 in extra inning games this season, and has played three games that have gone at least 14 innings in 2013, the Pack is 2-1 in those contests.

Postseason Success
NC State owns a 7-1 record in 2013 postseason games (ACC, NCAA Regional, NCAA Super Regional) and is 5-0 in NCAA contests.

Hello Omaha
It's been 45 years since NC State set foot in Omaha, Neb., the second longest stretch between appearances in NCAA history. Back in 1968, the Wolfpack played at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium, the host of the College World Series from 1950-2010. In 2011, the CWS moved to TD Ameritrade Park.

Longest Super Regional Game Ever
The 17-inning marathon in the Super Regional clinching victory over Rice was the longest super regional game in history, and fourth longest in NCAA postseason history.

Bounce Back Brett
Ever since Brett Williams laced a single through the left side in his final at-bat of the NCAA Raleigh Regionals, the senior center fielder is 5-for-12 at the plate with two doubles, two walks and a run scored. Before that base hit against William & Mary in the regional clinching game, Williams was mired in a 4-for-36 slump during the last eight games.

All Day, All Night Austin
Brett Austin has caught all 89 innings of NC State's eight postseason games - an average of over 11 innings per outing. That includes the 18-inning marathon against North Carolina in the ACC Tournament and another 17 frames against Rice in the NCAA Super Regional victory that sent the Wolfpack to the College World Series. Austin has caught 559 of 589 innings (94.9%) in 2013.

E is for Excellent Fielding
NC State did not commit an error in winning two games over Rice in the super regional series to advance to Omaha. In fact, the Wolfpack has only made three errors in five NCAA games with all three miscues coming in the eighth inning against William & Mary in the clinching game of the Raleigh Regional.

Easley = Wolfpack Win
The last four times Josh Easley has been summoned from the bullpen, he has earned the win and increased his 2013 record to 7-2. That run began in the final ACC regular season series at Duke, continued with a sparkling 4.0 innings against Clemson in the conference tournament.

He later worked 4.1 innings to pick up the win against Binghamton in the opening game of the NCAA Raleigh Regional and got the final out in game one of the Super Regional against Rice for his fourth-straight W.

Jake the Ripper
Jake Fincher has reached base in 61 of 63 games this season, and sits at 22-for-48 (.458) when leading off an inning.

Points Of Pride
NC State is one of only three schools in the nation to play in a bowl game, reach the NCAA men's basketball tournament, and advance to the College World Series (Louisville and UCLA).

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 109 of 116 career games (93.9%).

Game-Winning Innings
NC State has outscored its opponents 63-29 in the third, 67-18 in the sixth, and 52-26 in the eighth.

ATF - Austin, Turner, Fincher
Austin, Turner, and Fincher have batted in some order together in 34 of the last 36 games (State is 31-5 during that stretch). They've represented the top of the order for 29 of those contests.

Nasty Boys 2.0
In a combined 76 appearances, the relief trio of Chris Overman, Grant Sasser, and Josh Easley boasts the following combined numbers: 11-3, 15 Sv, 1.05 ERA, 111 IP, 73 H, 13 ER, 32 BB, 107 K

Johnny Bullpen
NC State's bullpen has 31 of the Pack's 49 wins, and has claimed the win in 19 of State's last 29 victories. The Wolfpack pen has inherited 213 runners, allowing 57 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.

Rodon In The Postseason
Although Carlos Rodon is only 1-0 in his six postseason starts, he sports a 1.17 ERA in 46 postseason innings, allowing just 23 hits, striking out 54 and walking 11. And those postseason starts came against impressive competition: two starts vs. North Carolina and one each vs. Florida, Vanderbilt, Rice and William & Mary.

Coaching Experience In Omaha
Associate head coach Tom Holliday is making his 17th career trip to the College World Series. Assistant coach Chris Hart played in the Little League World Series, Florida Senior League World Series, College World Series and will coach in the College World Series for the first time in 2013.

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 sharply hit 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. His two front teeth are still being tested for sensitivity, and will be pulled if they don't improve.

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

Five On It
State is 43-3 when opponents score five or fewer runs. The Pack has held opponents to five runs or fewer in 43 of its 49 wins. In five of the Wolfpack's 14 losses, the opposition had a five-run inning.

Bullpen vs. Bullpen
Even though NC State relievers have pitched 70.2 innings more than their opposition, the Wolfpack is still winning the battle of the pens, allowing 104 runs (85 ER) to 146 runs (117 ER) surrendered by opponents. State relievers have worked an average of 4.9 innings per game. In the 55 games played since Feb. 27, the Wolfpack's starter has gone longer than the opponents' starter 19 times. For the year, the Wolfpack bullpen is 31-5 with 19 saves and a 2.50 ERA. The opposing relief corps has not fared so well, 6-14, six saves and a 4.47 ERA.

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 33 innings (0.82 ERA) stretching back to April 25, 2012. Overman had an 18 2/3-inning scoreless streak snapped in 2012.

Comeback Pack
NC State needed back-to-back ninth-inning comebacks to eliminate Rice in the Raleigh Super Regional. The Wolfpack has trailed in 19 of its last 29 weekend games, but has come back to win 15 of them. The Pack's five-run comeback in game two at Boston College was the largest it as overcome in a victory since March 15, 2011, vs. Buffalo. The Wolfpack won 10 consecutive ACC games this season, the most since a run of 13 in 1997.

Gun Show
NC State has 16 outfield assists, and Wolfpack outfielders gunned down seven runners at the plate this season (at least once from each position).

Entering the NCAA tournament, Brett Williams ranked tied for 11th in the nation with seven outfield assists on the year. Williams added his eighth of the year in game two of the Raleigh Super Regional.

No More Freebies
Passed balls and wild pitches have been down for the Pack in 2013. The Wolfpack is averaging 0.83 WPs + PBs combined per game, a significant improvement over the 1.27 allowed per game in 2012.

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