Weekend Watch: Pack Hits the Road

NC State's baseball team returns to the diamond today as the Wolfpack faces Western Carolina. Pack Pride's Austin Johnson takes a look at this weekend's games.

Wolfpack At A Glance
Record: 9-1 (Home: 7-0, Away: 0-0, Neutral: 2-1)

Hitting Leaders
Batting Avg:
Ryan Pond, .393
Hits: Marcus Jones, 13
Runs: Ramon Corona and Joe Florio, 11
Home Runs: Pond, 3

Ramon Corona
RBIs: Pond, 15
Stolen Bases: Corona, 4

Pitching Leaders
Wins:
Andrew Brackman, 3
Saves: Eryk McConnell, 4
ERA: Brackman, 0.52
Strikeouts: Brackman, 18
Innings Pitched: Brackman, 17.1
Opp Batting Avg: Gillheeney, .184

Wolfpack In The Polls
Baseball America:
#24
Collegiate Baseball: #25
NCBWA: #25
Rivals.com: #20

Notables

  • Ramon Corona, a preseason All-American with a .341 career average, enters the weekend batting .194 and having gone two games without a hit.
  • Ryan Pond has already matched his 2006 total with three home runs and has three game-winning RBIs.
  • Elliot Avent is just 13 wins shy of 400 victories at NC State. He's just eight wins shy of tying Ray Tanner for second place in school history. Sam Esposito holds the all-time wins record for the Wolfpack with 513 victories.


    Friday Opponent: Western Carolina (5-2)

    Probable Starters:
    NC State:
    Jeff Stallings (2-0) – 2.40 ERA, 15 Strikeouts, .205 Opp BA

    Western Carolina: Tyler Sexton (2-0) – 3.27 ERA, 8 Strikeouts, .256 Opp BA

    Players To Watch:
    Kenny Smith - .357 BA, 4 Home Runs, 12 RBIs
    Jonathan Greene - .440 BA, 3 Home Runs, 7 RBIs

    Notables:

  • The Pack is 25-7 all-time against the Catamounts, while Avent is 3-0 against Western in his NC State career. The last time the two teams met was in the 2003 NCAA Wilson Regional, with the Pack winning a 6-4 contest in 14 innings.
  • The Catamounts upset No. 14 Georgia Tech on Tuesday afternoon with a 10-7 victory.


    Saturday Opponent: East Carolina (5-5)

    Probable Starters:
    NC State:
    Andrew Brackman (3-0) – 0.52 ERA, 18 Strikeouts, .194 Opp BA

    East Carolina: Dustin Sasser (1-0) – 1.69 ERA, 14 Strikeouts, .254 Opp BA

    Players To Watch:
    Dale Mollenhauer - .341 BA, 1 Home Run, 9 RBIs
    Harrison Eldridge - .361 BA, 1 Home Run, 5 RBIs

    Notables:

  • Andrew Brackman has faced the Pirates four times in his career, including three starts. The right-hander is 2-0 and hasn't allowed a run in 12 innings of work. Brackman's first-ever start was against East Carolina, where he pitched six scoreless and allowed just two hits.
  • NC State is 58-36 all-time against the Pirates, while Avent is 10-8 but has won five of the last six meetings. The Pack won the last meeting between the two teams last April 18, scoring the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning.


    Sunday Opponent: No. 17 Pepperdine (11-3)

    Probable Starters:
    NC State:
    Eric Surkamp (2-1) – 2.92 ERA, 14 Strikeouts, .239 Opp BA

    Pepperdine: Robert Dickmann (1-1) – 5.68 ERA, 15 Strikeouts, .324 Opp BA

    Players To Watch:
    Chase d'Arnaud - .415 BA, 2 Home Runs, 16 RBIs
    Danny Worth - .393 BA, 10 RBIs

    Notables:

  • NC State and Pepperdine have never faced each other.
  • Chase d'Arnaud smacked two home runs and had six RBIs in a 13-2 win over UC Irvine on Tuesday. The Waves are hitting .335 as a team and average just over six runs per game.

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