That was good enough for Poulk to win ACC co-Player of the Week honors Monday. Poulk shared the honor with Virginia Tech catcher Steve Domecus. Poulk had multiple-hit games in each of the Wolfpack's three contests at Florida State, including a pair of hits and two runs scored in a 5-2 win over the fifth-ranked Seminoles in Friday night's series opener. He finished with an on-base percentage of .846 and a 1.700 slugging percentage.
The Wolfpack (32-20 overall and 12-15 in the ACC) will look for Poulk and the offense to stay hot this week, first on Tuesday night in a midweek game vs. High Point, and then over the weekend in the regular-season-ending ACC series vs. Duke. NC State currently holds a one-game lead ovewr North Carolina for the eighth and final spot for the ACC Tournament, which will be held in Greensboro starting next Wednesday.
The Panthers come to Raleigh with a 26-26 record. Junior outfielder Nate Roberts leads them with a .427 average, nine doubles, 17 home runs, 79 runs scored and 62 RBIs. He has a .775 slugging percentage and a .583 on-base percentage. And he is hardly a one-man show for High Point, which is batting .332 as a team and averaging 8.8 runs per game.
Drew Poulk is batting .354 with 18 doubles, 11 home runs and 63 RBIs. He carries an 11-game hitting streak into play Tuesday vs. High Point and is batting .429 (21-for-49) with four homers and 18 RBIs during the streak. He is batting .650 (13-for-20) in his last five games, and has hit safely in 17 of his last 18 games, hitting .415 (34-for-82) with 10 doubles, five homers, and 29 RBIs in that time.
After dropping two of three games this past weekend at Florida State, the Wolfpack is batting .335 and is averaging 9.6 runs per game.
Junior lefthander Brian Jones (0-3, 5.26) will start for High Point. NC State will counter with senior lefty Alex Sogard (0-2, 6.40).
The weekend series vs. the Blue Devils literally will be make or break for NC State. The Wolfpack holds a one-game lead over the Tar Heels for eighth in the ACC's overall standings, but UNC holds the tiebreaker with the Pack, so NC State must match whatever North Carolina does this weekend vs. Virginia Tech.
Game times for the Duke series, which is a Thursday-through-Saturday series, are 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 2 p.m. on Saturday. The pitching matchup for Thursday's opener will feature junior righthander Jake Buchanan (6-4, 3.81) for NC State vs. freshman righthander Marcus Stroman (6-3, 4.78) for Duke.
Cory Mazzoni (7-3, 4.58) will start for the Wolfpack on Friday. Sophomore lefthander Eric Pfisterer (3-6, 6.45) will toe the slab for the Blue Devils. NC State's pitching plans for the Saturday finale are yet to be determined. Duke will counter with junior righthander Dennis O'Grady (2-4, 4.36).
All remaining NC State baseball games will be broadcast live on WKNC-FM (88.1) and on-line at gopack.com through the Pack Pass package.