PREVIEW: Raleigh Regional

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State will host a NCAA Regional this weekend in the 2016 NCAA Baseball Regional. The Wolfpack, seeded No. 1 in the regional, opens play tonight against No. 4 seed Navy.

RALEIGH REGIONAL
SeedTeamRecordRPIOfficial Site
No. 1 NC State 35-20 No. 10 GoPack.com
No. 2 Coastal Carolina  44-15 No. 12 Coastal Baseball
No. 3 Saint Mary's  33-23 No. 57 Gaels Athletics
No. 4 Navy 42-14-1 No. 145 Navy Sports

Raleigh Regional Schedule
Friday, June 3
2 p.m. Game - Coastal Carolina, 44-15 vs. Saint Mary's, 33-23
7 p.m. Game - NC State, 35-20 vs. Navy, 42-14-1

Saturday, June 4
2 p.m. Game - TBD, Loser Games 1 & 2 
7 p.m. Game - TBD, Winner Games 1 & 2

Sunday, June 5
1 p.m. Game - TBA, Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
6 p.m. Game - TBD, Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5

Monday, June 6
7 p.m. Game - TBD (if necessary), Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6

QUICK NOTES: NC State
Team Accolades: NC State baseball landed Preston Palmeiro, Evan Mendoza, Josh McLain, and Brett Kinneman on ACC all-conference teams. Palmeiro and Mendoza made the second team at first and third, respectively. McLain garnered a third team mention as an outfielder. Kinneman earned a spot as one of 12 players on the ACC All-Freshman team.

This season marks the 20th year in a row Wolfpack head coach Elliott Avent has guided at least one player to an All-ACC team.

The Pack’s four selections in 2016 are the second-most in the last 10 years, outpaced by last season’s five.

Staff Stat: Ryan Williamson and Brian Brown are the first pair of Wolfpack starting pitchers with seven or more wins since Cory Mazzoni and Jake Buchanan in 2010.  Williamson is currently questionable for the regional with an elbow injury.  Brown is expected to start the opener against Navy.

Who Is The Ace? Sophomore left-hander Brian Brown is 7-3 this season with a 3.73 ERA.  He is tied for the team lead with 77 strikeouts and has made 10 starts this season.

Closing Time: Will Gilbert and Tommy DeJuneas are tied for the team lead with six saves.  Gilbert has been more reliable down the stretch and is coming on strong for the Wolfpack.

Hitter To Watch?  Sophomore Evan Mendoza struggled in the ACC Tournament, but he is one of the breakout players nationally, earning second-team All-ACC honors at third base.  He leads the Wolfpack in batting (.351) and had a .365 batting average in ACC play.

Need For Speed? Outfielders Brock Deatherage and Josh McLain tie for the team lead in stolen bases with 13.  

Who Is The Power Source? Senior outfielder Chance Shepard is batting just .271 but his 13 home runs leads the Wolfpack by a significant margin. He's a threat to go yard at any time.

Opening Matchup: No. 1 seed NC State opens regional play Friday night at 7:00 pm against No. 4 seed Navy.  The Wolfpack is expected to start left-hander Brian Brown.

QUICK NOTES: Coastal Carolina
Team Accolades:  Coastal won its 14th Big South Tournament title, sweeping through the event with out a loss for the seventh time. In 29 years, Coastal played in 19 title games, winning 14 and finishing runner-up five times.

Coastal won the Big South by seven games and won all eight conference series — including five sweeps.

Coastal won the Big South regular season going away with a 21-3 record. There have only been 9 teams to win 20-plus Big South conference games in a season and CCU has done it 5 times: 2005 (21-3), 2009 (21-5), 2010 (25-0), 2011 (20-7) and 2016 (21-3).

Staff Stat: Coastal has a team ERA of 3.09 and has seven pitchers who have made five or more starts this season.

Who Is The Ace? Right-hander Andrew Beckwith is capable of starting or coming out of the pen.  The Big South Pitcher of the Year, Beckwith leads the conference with a 1.79 ERA and finished second in wins (10).

Closing Time: Mike Morrison is one of the top closers in the country, as he sports a 0.87 ERA and eight saves with a 7-1 record.  He has 74 strikeouts in 52 innings pitched.

Hitter To Watch? Connor Owings is one of the nation's best hitters.  He leads the team with a .381 batting average and also has 15 home runs.

Need For Speed? Billy Cooke's 25 stolen bases paces a team that has five players with at least 12 steals.

Who Is The Power Source? Coastal Carolina leads the nation in home runs, so the lineup is littered with power.  Four players have double-digit home runs, and Zach Remillard leads the way with a regional-best 18 bombs.

NC State Connection: NC State faced Coastal Carolina earlier this season with the Wolfpack securing a 13-10 victory.  It was a long-ball contest, as the two teams combined to slug nine home runs (five by the Wolfpack).

Opening Matchup: No. 2 seed Coastal Carolina opens regional play against No. 3 seed Saint Mary's.  Coach Gary Gilmore has already stated that Andrew Beckwith will start the opener and Alex Cunningham will pitch game two of the regional.

QUICK NOTES: Saint Mary's
Team Accolades: Six Gaels were named to All-WCC teams this season, including three first-teamers (Corbin Burnes, Anthony Gonsolin, Zach Kirtley). Nine Gaels also earned WCC All-Academic honors, with David Dellaserra, Nate Nolan and Anthony Villa all being named to the All-Academic team.

Staff Stat: Saint Mary's has three pitchers who made double-digit starts... signaling a clear rotation.

Who Is The Ace? A potential first-round draft pick in the upcoming draft, Corbin Burnes has blossomed into one of the best pitchers in college baseball.  With electric stuff, he carries a 9-1 record and a 2.23 ERA.  He also has 112 strikeouts in 97 innings pitched.

Closing Time: Part-time starter Anthony Gonsolin leads the team with six saves.

Hitter To Watch?  Zach Kirtley leads the team with a .326 batting average and is second on the club in hits with 71. 

Need For Speed? The Gaels rely on Joey Fiske to ignite their running game, as he has 17 stolen bases in 21 attempts.  The next highest is Brett Rasso with five.

Who Is The Power Source? Nate Nolan leads the Gaels with nine home runs this season.

NC State Connection: Saint Mary's and NC State have never met on the baseball diamond.

Opening Matchup: No. 3 seed Saint Mary's opens regional play Friday at 2 PM against No. 2 seed Coastal Carolina.  Saint Mary's is expected to start star junior Corbin Burnes.

QUICK NOTES: Navy
Team Accolades: Seven All-Patriot League players lead the Midshipmen into the postseason with Pitcher of the Year Luke Gillingham and Rookie of the Year Noah Song headlining the pitching effort ... C Adrian Chinnery, CF Robert Currie, RF Connor Deneen, DH Stephen Born and reliever Sam Sorenson all earned frst team honors.

Staff Stat: Navy’s pitching staff is number two in the nation with 12 shutouts.

Who Is The Ace? Luke Gillingham paces a strong pitching staff.  He leads the nation with eight complete games and posted an 8-3 overall record with a 1.96 ERA.

Closing Time: As a team, Navy has just nine total saves and Sam Sorenson paces the club with six.

Hitter To Watch?  Robert Currie leads the club in hits (73) and is second in batting (.351).

Need For Speed?  Currie is also a strong base-stealer, totaling a team-high 12 steals on 12 tries this season.

Who Is The Power Source? Leland Saile leads Navy in batting (.371) and home runs (4).  

NC State Connection: NC State last faced Navy in 1997 and the Wolfpack has won the last four games in the series.

Opening Matchup: No. 4 seed Navy opens regional play Friday at 7 PM against No. 1 seed NC State.  Navy is expected to start Luke Gillingham.

NOTE: NC State Athletics, Saint Mary's Athletics, Navy Athletics, and Coastal Carolina Athletics contributed to this report.


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