PREVIEW: Fort Worth Regional

NC State is participating in the Fort Worth Regional in the 2015 NCAA Baseball Tournament. The Wolfpack, seeded No. 2 in the regional, opens play today against No. 3 seed Stony Brook.

  FORT WORTH REGIONAL  
SEED TEAM RECORD RPI OFFICIAL SITE
No. 1 TCU 43-11 No. 8 LINK
No. 2 NC State 34-21 No. 26 LINK
No. 3 Stony Brook 34-14-1 No. 54 LINK
No. 4 Sacred Heart 23-30-1 No. 220 LINK

  FRIDAY REGIONAL SCHEDULE  
TCU vs. Sacred Heart 8 PM ET ESPN3
NC State vs. Stony Brook 3:30 PM ESPN3

QUICK NOTES: NC State
NC State started the year 0-7 in games decided by one run, before winning four of their next five chances to finish the regular season 4-8 in close contests.

Six of those one-run losses came in ACC play: at Miami (RPI: 2), vs. Louisville (RPI: 9), vs. Florida State 2x (RPI: 14), and at North Carolina 2x (RPI: 28).

• NC State is 24-0 when leading after the third or fourth inning, and 20-10 when hitting at least one homer. The Pack has not won a game (0-12) when scoring less than three runs. State has not lost a game (20-0) in which it scored seven or more. State is 4-2 in extra innings.

Logan Ratledge

• NC State walked off twice in a doubleheader vs. No. 19 Virginia, the first time in consecutive games since 2/23/10 vs. Campbell and 2/26/10 vs. UC Irvine. The last time the Pack pulled the feat in ACC play was 2005, walking off in the series finale with Clemson and opener against North Carolina.

• At the end of the regular season, home runs were up 38% nationwide since the introduction of new baseballs this season, and the Pack’s stat sheet reflected it. NC State has 49 home runs in 2015 after producing just 30 over the entire season a year ago, already a 61.2% increase.

• Elliott Avent has announced that RHP Curt Britt will start the opener against Stony Brook. Britt is 2-0 this season and has made three starts. He sports a 2.34 ERA and has 50 strikeouts in 50 innings pitched.

• Freshman lefty Brian Brown has emerged as the Wolfpack's ace down the stretch. He tossed a shutout in the ACC Tournament opener against Notre Dame, and prior to that he had an ERA of 1.00 in his last eight appearances. Brown has not allowed more than one earned run since March 21.

• NC State features a pair of major league bloodlines on the infield corners. Freshman Joe Dunand is the nephew of Alex Rodriguez. Preston Palmeiro is the son of Rafael Palmeiro.

• All-ACC shortstop Logan Ratledge leads the Wolfpack in a variety of categories, including: batting (.330), doubles (19), home runs (8), total bases (118), walks (31), runs scored (49), stolen bases (11), and is tied for first in hits (71).

• Wolfpack junior Chance Shepard definitely has some pop. He has five home runs in just 83 official at-bats.

• NC State has won 13 of its last 16 games, including taking three straight games in the ACC Tournament before falling to Florida State in the championship game.

• Five members of the Wolfpack earned All-ACC honors with three second-team members, a third-team selection and one on the all-freshman team.

QUICK NOTES: TCU
TCU was tabbed the No. 7 national seed, becoming one of just three schools to repeat as a national seed (LSU and Florida).

• TCU went 0-2 in a conference tournament for the first time since 2003.

• TCU's pitching staff boasts a 2.33 ERA, a mark that ranks second in the nation.

• TCU's .287 batting average ranks 75th nationally, while its .978 fielding percentage is 11th.

Riley Ferrell

• The Frogs are 17-3 in their last 20 games dating back to April 14.

• Cody Jones has reached base safely in 26 straight games heading into the weekend. His .376 batting average ranks 29th nationally.

• Preston Morrison's 11 wins this season rank fourth in the NCAA. Morrison's 36 career wins are the most among active pitchers as are his 445 career innings pitched.

• Keaton Jones has started 216 consecutive games. His 239 career games played is the second-most in the NCAA among active players.

• TCU earned its fourth at-large bid under Schlossnagle, having done so in 2005, 2009 and 2011.

• TCU was tabbed a National Seed for the second straight year.

• The Horned Frogs are hosting an NCAA Regional for the fifth time in program history. TCU hosted three straight Regionals from 2009-11 and in 2014.

• The Frogs have been a two-seed three times (2005, 2007, 2012), a three-seed twice (2004, 2008) and a four seed once (2006).

• The Frogs are one of only 13 teams to be in 11 of the last 12 NCAA Regionals.

• The Frogs have played in a Regional in Austin,Texas (2004), Waco, Texas (2005), Norman, Okla. (2006), Houston (Rice), Texas (2007), Stillwater, Okla. (2008) and College Station, Texas (2012).

• The Frogs are 21-17 all-time in the NCAA Regionals.

• In postseason play, TCU is 30-27 (.526) all-time.

• TCU has won four NCAA Regionals in program history. The Frogs were victorious in the 2009, 2010 and 2014 Fort Worth Regional as well as the 2012 College Station Regional.

QUICK NOTES: Stony Brook
Stony Brook earned its fourth America East Conference regular season title in the past five years. The Seawolves posted a 18-4-1 record in the league to join the 2014, 2012 and 2011 teams to earn regular season titles.

• Stony Brook won its fifth America East Conference tournament championship with three wins last weekend in Lowell, Massachusets. The Seawolves also claimed tournament titles in 2004, 2008, 2010 and 2012.

Cole Peragine

• This will be the first time Stony Brook baseball will be playing in the Lone Star State. The Seawolves have played games in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arizona and California, but have never ventured to Texas.

• The Seawolves are second in the nation with 29 triples and second in the nation with 0.59 triples per game. Junior LF Jack Parenty leads the team with seven (8th in the NCAA), sophomore INF Casey Baker has six (19th in the NCAA) and sophomore CF Toby Handley has five (43rd in the NCAA).

• Junior Jack Parenty received the America East Conference Player of the Year honor after leading the league in batting average, slugging percentage, hits, RBI, triples and total bases.

• Senior Cole Peragine has started all 222 games in his Stony Brook career entering the NCAA Regional. His 222 games played ranks him second in the career record book at Stony Brook.

• Sophomore Casey Baker enters the NCAA Regional riding an 18-game hitting streak. He is hitting 37-76 (.486) during the streak, including 11 multi-hit games and eight three-hit games.

• Sophomore RHP Cameron Stone has not allowed a run since his first outing of the season at Nicholls State. He has pitched 24.0 innings without surrendering a run.

QUICK NOTES: Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart comes into the tournament winners of seven of its past nine. Over that nine game stretch, the Pioneers are batting .338 as a team, while the pitching staff's ERA is a mere 1.78.

• Interestingly enough, the only team in the 2015 NCAA Tournament field that Sacred Heart has played against this season is Stony Brook, who defeated the Pioneers 8-4 on March 25. In its 2013-14 season, SHU played four members of this year's field (Tulane, LSU, Stony Brook, and LSU), going a combined 3-3.

Zack Short

• The last time SHU played a Big XII school came back in 2012, when the Pioneers were swept at Kansas State from April 5-7. 2012 was also the last time Sacred Heart has played an ACC member, interestingly enough a 16-5 loss against fellow region member North Carolina State in the NCAA tournament on June 1.

• Prior to going 3-1 in last weekend’s NEC Tournament, the Pioneers were 0-4 in neutral site games, and going back to 2014, had lost five in a row.

• When the Pioneer offense produces at least six runs of offense, SHU is 17-1. When giving up more than six runs, Sacred Heart is just 6-29-1.

• Winning three of the past five Northeast Conference Championships, this is Sacred Heart's third NCAA tournament appearance in the last five seasons. Prior to the stretch, the Pioneers had just one tournament appearance in its first 11 years of Division I status, coming in 2006. SHU is 0-6 all-time in its previous 3 NCAA tournament appearances, each of which have also come as a four seed.

• The Sacred Heart bullpen has helped preserved leads all season, as the Pioneers are 17-1-1 when leading after six innings, 14- 1-1 when leading after seven, and a perfect 13-0 when holding a lead after eight.

NOTE: NC State, TCU, Stony Brook, and Sacred Heart contributed to this report.


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