NOTES: Pack, Heels Set To Battle

NC State faces North Carolina tonight in an elimination game. Here are some notes on the Wolfpack.

NC State cemented its first 50-win season in program history with an 8-1 victory over North Carolina on June 16.

  • Wolfpack leadoff batters were 6-for-9 (.667) against UNC, hitting 5-for-14 (.357) with runners in scoring position. The Pack also went 5-for-14 with two outs. Five of the Wolfpack's eight runs came on two-out RBIs. State left 11 men on base against the Tar Heels.

  • In 2013, NC State leadoff hitters are batting 19-for-44 (.432) against North Carolina.

  • NC State's eight runs on June 16 were more than Louisville, Indiana, UCLA, LSU, and North Carolina combined to score during the first four games of the CWS. At the end of Tuesday night's action, the Pack had scored more runs (9) in the 2013 CWS than Indiana (6), North Carolina (5), UCLA (4), Louisville (4), and LSU (3).

  • Through Tuesday, State had allowed fewer runs (3) than Louisville (13), North Carolina (10), Mississippi State (8), Oregon State (9), LSU (6), and Indiana (5).

  • The Pack is 32-5 (.865) since March 31, boasting a higher winning percentage than any of the other seven CWS teams during that stretch.

  • NC State's defense has not committed an error for four straight games. In the 2013 NCAA Tournament, the Pack defense has been perfect in 70 of 71 innings. All three of the Wolfpack's postseason errors came during the eighth inning against William & Mary in the clinching game of the Raleigh Regional.

  • Making its second appearance ever, and first since 1968, NC State sits 3-3 all-time in CWS games.

  • Tarran Senay and Trea Turner both carry nine game hitting streaks into Thursday's game.

  • Grant Clyde was hit-by-pitch three times on Sunday, tying a CWS single-game record (Kurt Suzuki of Cal State Fullerton in 2003 and Taylor Holliday of UC Irvine in 2007), setting the record for CWS games in TD Ameritrade Park. As a team, NC State has been hit by seven pitches in two games at the CWS.

  • The Wolfpack is outscoring opponents 68-29 in third innings this season, and 67-18 in the sixth.

  • Brett Austin has caught all 107 innings of NC State's 10 postseason games since the ACC Tournament, an average of 10.7 innings per game. Austin has caught 577 of 607 innings (95%) in 2013.

  • 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).

  • The Wolfpack is 35-1 when leading after five innings, 41-2 when leading after six, 41-2 when leading after seven, and 42-0 when leading after eight.

  • Trea Turner has reached base in 111 of 118 career games (94%). NC State is 74-21 (.779) when Turner has one or more hits since 2012. Turner has advanced into scoring position at least once in 108 of 118 career games.

  • Brett Austin, Trea Turner, and Jake Fincher have batted in some order together in 36 of the last 38 games (State is 32-6 during that stretch). They've represented the top of the order for 31 of those contests.

  • Carlos Rodon projects to be the #1 overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft. If that holds true, NC State will join UCLA and LSU as the only schools in the nation to produce #1 overall picks in the NFL, NBA, and MLB drafts (Mario Williams and David Thompson).

    CAREER vs. UNC
    CARLOS RODON (5 apps):
    41.1 IP, 24 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 12 BB, 51 K, 4 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 0.87 ERA

  • JAKE FINCHER (8 gms): 10-for-34 (.294), 5 R, 2 2B, 3 BB, 2 SB

  • TREA TURNER (8 gms): 9-for-34 (.265), 3 RBI, 3 R, 7 BB, 10 SB

  • Brett Williams (7 gms): 9-for-33 (.273), 7 R, 2 RBI, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 SB

  • Only player on current NC State roster with a HR in his career against UNC.

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