NC State Wolfpack
Record: 40-20 (Home: 28-8, Away: 10-9, Neutral: 2-3, ACC: 18-11)
Batting Avg: Ryan Pond, .332
Hits: Ryan Pond and Marcus Jones, 71
Runs: Ryan Pond, 49
Home Runs: Pat Ferguson and Matt Payne, 9
Stolen Bases: Marcus Jones, 12
Wins: Clayton Shunick, 7
Saves: Jimmy Gillheeney, 10
ERA (Starters): Clayton Shunick, 2.16
Strikeouts: Clayton Shunick, 108
Innings Pitched: Clayton Shunick, 95.2
Opp Batting Avg (Starters): Jason Buchanan, .191
Wolfpack In The Polls
Baseball America: #15
Collegiate Baseball: #15
Shunick won first-team all-conference honors despite a deceptively poor 6-5 won-lost record. The junior from Alpharetta, Ga., was NC State's ace starter all season, and four of his five losses were by scores of 3-2, 2-1, 5-2 and 4-1. He finished with a 2.30 ERA and allowed 67 hits, walked 21 and struck out a league-leading 92 in 82 1/3 innings. He limited opposing batters to a .215 batting average.
Shunick was the 149th player taken overall in the 2008 draft. M
Surkamp, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, went 5-2 with a 4.28 ERA. Surkamp went through an up-and-down 2008 season, but is finishing on an up note, posting a 1-0 record with a 2.91 ERA in his last four starts. A second-team All-ACC pick as a sophomore in 2007, Surkamp has worked 73 2/3 innings in 15 starts, allowing 74 hits, walking 38 an d striking out 86.
Gillheeney, a sophomore from Johnston, R.I., emerged the second week of the season as the Wolfpack's closer and wound up the regular season with a 2-0 record, a 1.12 ERA and 10 saves in 11 opportunities. In 21 appearances, Gillheeney pitched 32 innings, allowed 24 hits, walked 12 and struck out 42. Opponents batted just .209 against Gillheeney.
Record: 39-22-1 (Home: 25-11, Away: 13-9-1, Neutral: 1-2, SEC: 20-9-1)
Batting Avg: Gordon Beckham, .397
Hits: Gordon Beckham, 96
Runs: Gordon Beckham, 85
Home Runs: Gordon Beckham, 24
Stolen Bases: Gordon Beckham, 17
Wins: Trevor Holder, 7
Saves: Josh Fields, 16
ERA (Starters): Stephen Dodson, 4.41
Strikeouts: Joshua Fields, 56
Innings Pitched: Stephen Dodson, 87.2
Opp Batting Avg (Starters): Stephen Dodson, .266
Bulldogs In The Polls
Baseball America: #9
Collegiate Baseball: #7
Beckham, who on Tuesday was named a finalist for the 2008 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, the premier award for the top amateur player. Also, on Thursday he was named a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy. He has earned First Team All-America honors as well as second-team Academic All-American recognition as a real estate major.
Beckham is the highest draft pick for the Bulldogs since 1987 when pitcher Derek Lilliquist went sixth overall to the Atlanta Braves. Coming out of high school, Beckham was not drafted after a standout football/baseball career at Westminster.
In 30 appearances, Fields converted 16-of-16 save opportunities, as opponents are batting just .112 against him. The SEC's career saves leader with 39, Fields recorded 56 strikeouts in 31 innings pitched.
Fields, a 6-0, 178-pound native of Hull, Ga., has already been named a First Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and the SEC Pitcher of the Year by the league coaches this season. He is also is the 2008 recipient of the National Stopper of the Year Award, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced Wednesday.