Weekend Watch: State Travels to Wake Forest

The Wolfpack heads to Winston-Salem for its first ACC road series. Pack Pride's Austin Johnson takes a look at the match-up.

Series At A Glance
NC State (Overall: 16-7, Home: 13-3, Away: 1-1, Neutral: 2-3, ACC: 3-3)
vs
Wake Forest
(Overall: 13-10, Home: 11-5, Away: 2-5, ACC: 2-4)

Probable Starters

Friday
NC State: LHP Eric Surkamp (2-1) - 2.53 ERA, 30 Strikeouts, .235 Opp BA
Virgina Tech: RHP Brad Kledzik (2-1) - 5.20 ERA, 23 Strikesouts, .330 Opp BA

Saturday
NC State: RHP Andrew Brackman (4-1) - 2.97 ERA, 36 Strikeouts, .234 Opp BA
Virgina Tech: LHP Garrett Bullock (1-1) - 5.54 ERA, 14 Strikeouts, .330 Opp BA

Sunday
NC State: RHP Jimmy Gillheeney (1-1) – 1.90 ERA, 16 Strikeouts, .236 Opp BA
Virgina Tech: LHP Eric Niesen (2-2) – 5.12 ERA, 26 Strikeouts, .263 Opp BA


Notables

  • NC State leads the all-time series, 129-100-4. The Demon Deacons are 17-16 since Elliot Avent became head coach at State.
  • Last season, the Wolfpack took two of three from the Deacons in a series at Doak Field. State won 8-6 on Friday, lost 11-5 on Saturday, and won 17-2 on Sunday.
  • Jimmy Gillheeney gets his first weekend start of the year, replacing Jeff Stallings in the rotation. In Gillheeney's only other start of the season, he allowed one run in five innings against UNC Wilmington.
  • In its last three games, the Wolfpack scored 38 runs (12.7 runs per game) and batted.417 as a team.
  • Wolfpack relievers have a 6-4 record, eight saves and a 2.45 ERA in 92 innings over 58 appearances. Then pen has inherited 32 baserunners and stranded 22 of them.
  • The Pack is 12-0 in games where the team hits a home run, but just 4-7 in games the team goes homer-less.
  • Reigning ACC Rookie of the Year Allan Dykstra leads the league in home runs with nine on the year. He's also been hit by more pitches than anyone in the ACC, getting beaned 10 times already this season.


    Statistical Leaders

    Batting Avg: Joe Florio, .361
    Hits: Florio, 26
    Runs:Florio, 23
    Home Runs: Ryan Pond and Caleb Mangum, 3
    RBIs: Pond, 19
    Stolen Bases: Ramon Corona, 6

    Wins: Andrew Brackman, 4
    Saves: Eryk McConnell, 5
    ERA: McConnell, 0.00
    Strikeouts: Brackman, 36
    Innings Pitched: Brackman, 36.1
    Opp Batting Avg: Clayton Shunick, .136

    Wake Forest
    Batting Avg:
    Allan Dykstra, .357
    Hits: Willy Fox, 33
    Runs: Dykstra, 25
    Home Runs: Dykstra, 9 RBIs: Fox, 25
    Stolen Bases: Dustin Hood and Fox, 6

    Wins: Ben Hunter, 3
    Saves: Josh Ellis, 3
    ERA: Ellis, 0.48
    Strikeouts: Ellis, 27
    Innings Pitched: Eric Niesen, 31.2
    Opp Batting Avg: Ellis, .194

    Atlantic Coast Conference
    Batting Avg:
    Tony Thomas Jr. FSU, .500
    Hits: Thomas Jr., 49
    Runs: Thomas Jr., 42
    Home Runs: Allan Dykstra WF, 9
    RBIs: Buster Posey FSU, 32
    Stolen Bases: Nate Parks VT, 21

    Wins: Michael Hyde FSU, 7
    Saves: Andrew Carigan UNC and Brett Cecil MD, 6
    ERA: Eric Erickson UM, 1.54
    Strikeouts:Bryan Henry FSU, 41
    Innings Pitched:Henry, 41.1
    Opp Batting Avg: Tony Bajoczky DU, .162


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