#2 NC State beats #3 Duke on the road in games one and two to clinch series, and can go for the sweep Sunday! Go Pack!

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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    25th April 2018, 10:25
    "We need to put the college back in college basketball!" -- Condoleezza Rice I have long admired Rice, and consider her one of the finest people to ever be a part of our federal government. And I am very happy to see that she is leading this Commission on College Basketball. Among the many things they advocated for the NCAA are efforts to remove the controversial "one-and-done" rule plus diminish the influence that agents and apparel companies have. http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/23311712/commission-college-basketball-shares-recommendations-ncaa Her leadoff quote said it all. So long as the NBA and the rest of professional basketball leagues dump feces on the value of a college education, then the NCAA needs to sever its relationships with these leagues. But, the commission went further, proposing lifetime bans for those who cheat the amateur status rules of the college game.
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  • D Wolf's Avatar
    25th April 2018, 07:29
    D Wolf replied to a thread #7 East Carolina in Baseball
    Would have liked to see that game. Maybe in the CWS.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    24th April 2018, 21:39
    The #2 Pack was to face #7 East Carolina in front of a sold out Doak Field. Mother Nature won the game, forcing its cancellation! The Pack now moves on to their weekend home series versus #6 UNC. Ken
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  • D Wolf's Avatar
    23rd April 2018, 13:15
    D Wolf replied to a thread @ #3 Duke in Baseball
    So they just did their normal pattern in reverse this time.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    22nd April 2018, 14:22
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread @ #3 Duke in Baseball
    Well, no brooms this time as Duke won game three 11-2. The Devils vaulted to a 4-0 lead after one, and scored six in fifth to put it out of reach 10-2. Ken
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    21st April 2018, 21:44
    LSmith replied to a thread @ #3 Duke in Baseball
    In baseball streaks come to an end and our 8 game scoring 8 or more runs per game did just that today but we answered in a very positive way by getting the "W" anyway behind another great pitching performance by Brian Brown. Still some awesome streaks to keep alive like our current 5 game winning streak and our 10 straight ACC series wins dating back to last season. This team keeps finding ways to win and doing it on a consistent basis. Regardless of what happens tomorrow I think we will get serious consideration for the #1 spot Nationally in most of the polls (as Ken mentioned there are a lot of polls in college baseball) but with a win tomorrow we should crack that spot in some of them. Still a lot of baseball to play. Thanks to us Duke is no longer leading their division in the ACC. We just put the "holes" in 1rst place in the Coastal but we have next weekend as we face them in a home series to give Duke back the number 1 spot. Great historic season so far. Keep it going Pack!!!!
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    21st April 2018, 18:14
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread @ #3 Duke in Baseball
    The Pack takes game two in a pitchers duel, 2-1. Brian Brown earns the win and NC State cliches the series and can go for a huge road sweep on Sunday! http://gopack.com/news/2018/4/21/baseball-pack9-edges-no-3-duke-in-pitchers-duel-2-1-to-clinch-series.aspx?path=baseball NC State took a 2-0 lead in the top of the sixth when Josh McClain belted a leadoff double followed by an RBI triple by Will Wilson. A sac fly completed the scoring for the Pack, but it was enough to win the game. Ken
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    20th April 2018, 22:10
    LSmith replied to a thread @ #3 Duke in Baseball
    Oh no!!! We won the 1rst game of a series???? That is not how this team rolls. We are suppose to lose and then win 2 straight like we have done the past 4 series right?? This cannot be good. The last time we won the 1rst game of series was over a month ago at Clemson. How did that turn out?? Ok, we swept the #2 team in Nation at their park the last time we won the 1rst game of a series so maybe it is good lol!!! We got a very good ball team playing on that patch of grass behind Sullivan and Lee. Go Pack!!!!!
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    20th April 2018, 20:02
    Both Dave Doeren and Pat Popolizio have received merit raises on new contracts, just approved by the Board of Trustees. http://gopack.com/news/2018/4/20/general-board-of-trustees-approves-new-contracts-for-doeren-and-popolizio.aspx Doeren led NC State to a number two finish in the tough ACC Atlantic division, plus a bowl win, a nine win season, and a top 25 ranking. Popolizio has restored NC State as a nationally elite wrestling program, routinely putting graplers into the NCAA Championships and frequently earning individual titles and top five team finishes. Congrats to both!
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    20th April 2018, 19:57
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread @ #3 Duke in Baseball
    #2 NC State takes game one on the road at #3 Duke, 9-2! http://www.goduke.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=4200&ATCLID=211711327 Ignore the polling as the latest Baseball America rankings I read has NC State at #2 and Duke at #3. But, there are several different polls in college baseball and that's why it shows NC State ranked #4 and Duke ranked #9. Regardless, it's nice to see the Wolfpack take the first game of the series. A win tomorrow would be a huge statement against one of the truly elite teams in the nation and the current leader of the ACC Coastal division. And on cue here is the game write up:
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    19th April 2018, 22:58
    You were spot on with all your post, but this section nailed the most essential of truths. I ask anyone who doubts this to pull up the online video of the 1974 NC State versus UCLA NCAA semi-final game. Look how polished both teams were. There were four first round NBA players on those two teams. Ken
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  • Mad Gene Vane's Avatar
    19th April 2018, 16:48
    Coach K (Duke) is as much into the one-and-done business as Calipari is at Kentucky. Coach K sort of edged around for the last 4-5 years, with guys like Okafur, and Ingraham, but still had guys, who'd stay for 3-4 four years as starters. Now he's basically turning Duke into a similar program to Kentucky. I wonder how long it will take for Duke to get to where Kentucky is, with regards to no seniors on the team, as this past season Kentucky had no seniors on the team to honor on senior night. Edit: If you see the ESPN 30-for-30 on the 1983 season, Coach K says outright college basketball was better in the 1980's, than it is today, so I am sure it must bug him a bit about the one-and-done business these days, but not enough to not use the current system to his best advantage.
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  • D Wolf's Avatar
    19th April 2018, 07:53
    D Wolf replied to a thread Yertseven in Men's Basketball
    That's why I felt what he really needed was more strength and toughness (physical and mental) rather than low post footwork or something like that. Too me that's what separates him from being a top shelf player. He could certainly have developed those things here. I think that Keatts would have challenged him in those areas. That said, what's done is done. All the best to him. I hope he gets what he needs at Georgetown or in the G league.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    19th April 2018, 07:05
    Derreck replied to a thread Yertseven in Men's Basketball
    IMO its an excuse for him to leave the Pack. Yertseven plays soft. His time on the court (which was one of the issues) was minimized because of his soft play in the post. Even in the games where he was not in foul trouble, his PT was not much more than the games here he was in FT.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    18th April 2018, 22:28
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread Yertseven in Men's Basketball
    I would really like to know who that adviser is. Because Yertseven cited the belief that he wanted a better coach to develop big men and he thought Patrick Ewing would be that coach. Well, Ewing is a hall of fame player, but not a hall of fame coach at any level. In looking at his resume, Ewing was an assistant coach for the Houston Rockets, then the Orlando Magic, and then finally the Charlotte Bobcats. During that time, I don't recall reading a lot of press about his being instrumental in developing big man play in the NBA. He was hired as a head coach for the first time at his alma mater Georgetown in April 2017 and coached the Hoyas to a 15-15 record (5-13 Big East). Two of his players made the conference all-rookie team, but one was a small forward and the other a two guard. Yertseven was the lone Wolfpack players named to the All-ACC team, and as a center. So, when I read his comments from the ESPN article, my BS light illuminated. Ewing was an outstanding pro player, but his coaching resume is severely limited.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    18th April 2018, 14:04
    Derreck replied to a thread Yertseven in Men's Basketball
    Unfortunately, Yertseven's adviser is who the family is listening too right now.
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  • D Wolf's Avatar
    18th April 2018, 13:05
    D Wolf replied to a thread Yertseven in Men's Basketball
    I saw one quote from him that said essentially while he appreciated Keatts and staff he needed a "big man coach" to get his game to where it needed to be.
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  • D Wolf's Avatar
    18th April 2018, 13:00
    That is good news.
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  • D Wolf's Avatar
    18th April 2018, 12:59
    I know some folks are Debbie Yow fans. I think this is testament to what she has done. I wish she weren't retiring.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    18th April 2018, 11:30
    Hicks will transfer to EKU and play for AW. This is great for AW and Hicks. Happy for them both.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    18th April 2018, 11:25
    I am super proud about how our university has handled this...
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    17th April 2018, 21:32
    Both Chancellor Randy Woodson and Athletic Director Debbie Yow have released public statements: Chancellor Woodson: https://leadership.ncsu.edu/2018/04/17/update-of-federal-investigation-into-college-basketball/ Director Yow: http://gopack.com/news/2018/4/17/general-from-the-directors-desk.aspx The summary is that the university reaffirms it had no knowledge of this issue before reading about it in the media. Once learning about the Adidas connection from those media stories, the university scheduled an interview with the agent so named. This agent stated that there was no contact with anyone connected to NC State. However, the Adidas connection with NC State and promised payments by the agent and the Adidas executive did influence Dennis Smithís decision to sign with NC State. Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    17th April 2018, 21:20
    Ken Stallings started a thread @ #3 Duke in Baseball
    As things are shaping up in the ACC, this might be the marquee inter-divisional weekend ACC series of the year! Duke leads the Coastal and NC State leads the Atlantic. The winner of this series sets themselves a bit above the rest of the conference, though plenty of ranked conference foes remain for both teams. Go Pack! Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    17th April 2018, 21:16
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread Holes in Baseball
    Yep, officially a non-conference game, but who the hell cares about that! The Cheats were on the field and the Pack beat Ďem! http://gopack.com/news/2018/4/17/baseball-no-2-pack9-earns-8-3-win-against-no-8-unc-chapel-hill-in-duel-at-the-dbap.aspx Any day we can beat the cheats is a very good day! When NC State is ranked #2 and UNC ranked #8, itís even better! Ken
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    17th April 2018, 19:41
    LSmith started a thread Holes in Baseball
    Pack wins 8-3 tonight against #8 UNC in a mid week meeting at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Pack host the holes April 27th-29th for 3 game series. Would love to see a 4 game sweep of those a-holes!!!
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    16th April 2018, 22:08
    I realize they are all blue chip players and likely the freshmen will be drafted in the first round. But still, it's not a good thing for your entire starting roster to declare for the NBA draft and hire agents! Four of these players were freshmen in the 2017-18 season. Grayson Allen was the fourth player and he was a senior. And honestly, given the near total lack of concern the NBA has for a polished game, it wouldn't surprise me at all to see Allen go undrafted! http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23201541/duke-blue-devils-wendell-carter-jr-declaring-nba-draft Coach K and Duke will reload as they always do, but it has to kill K deep inside to see what the game has morphed into. Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    16th April 2018, 16:46
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread Yertseven in Men's Basketball
    And for reasons that continue to make zero sense! Ken
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    16th April 2018, 13:06
    Derreck replied to a thread Yertseven in Men's Basketball
    Yertseven has signed scholarship papers with the Georgetown. As I understand it, he will be still going through the draft process and not hire an agent, but if that does not work out he will be transferring to Georgetown.
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  • Mad Gene Vane's Avatar
    16th April 2018, 09:12
    How early is a really good question. We kind of assume, as a default, the NBA won't go after kids until they graduate high school, but we also assumed they wouldn't be in a rush to draft out of high school. I mean they did this 40+ years ago with Moses Malone and Darryl Dawkins, but then cooled their heels on it because they found the high school kids weren't NBA ready and let them mature in college. But 20+ years ago Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant jumped from high school, turned into Hall of Famers, and the NBA decided they didn't want to miss out on the next KG or Kobe, so they aggressively started drafting out of high school. The one-and-done rule is a brake on the NBA drafting process, to force GM's to not grab kids out of high school, as much as anything else. So, if there is no age limit, and a team drafts a 16 year old, who turns into a super star, will that cause other teams to start drafting younger than high school graduates? I don't know, but I think that's a real possibility.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    14th April 2018, 21:43
    By a 2-0 score, the NC State women beat Wake Forest. The team that used to be the ACC doormat is suddenly a nationally recognized team, as they are unbeaten so far in the 2018 campaign! http://gopack.com/news/2018/4/14/womens-soccer-nc-state-downs-wake-forest-2-0.aspx Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    14th April 2018, 20:27
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread Notre Dame in Baseball
    Game one: http://gopack.com/news/2018/4/13/baseball-notre-dame-rallies-to-defeat-pack9-in-series-opener.aspx?path=baseball Game two: http://gopack.com/news/2018/4/14/baseball-browns-gem-lifts-no-2-pack9-to-12-2-win-against-notre-dame.aspx?path=baseball Game three: http://gopack.com/news/2018/4/14/baseball-no-2-pack9-slugs-past-notre-dame-with-13-5-win-to-clinch-series.aspx Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    14th April 2018, 20:22
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread Notre Dame in Baseball
    Been an avid baseball fan for decades, and I cannot ever recall before seeing a team this resilient! For the fourth straight week, the Wolfpack loses the first game of their series and storms back to win the next two, today being a sweep of the doubleheader versus Notre Dame. Game three was again won in convincing fashion, 13-5. The Pack never trailed in game three, scoring three in the second to start things off, and then adding six more in the third to make it 9-1. Notre Dame whittled the margin down over the rest of the game, but the outcome was never in much doubt. NC State came into the series as the only ACC to avoid losing a conference series. In fact, by winning all of their single game match ups, the Pack hasn't dropped a series all year to any team! The #2 team in the nation's record improves to 28-7 (13-5 ACC). Game write up's will be posted later tonight.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    14th April 2018, 14:59
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread Notre Dame in Baseball
    Due to expected inclement weather Sunday, the decision was made last night to play a doubleheader today. Game two, and the first of the doubleheader, was dominated by the Pack 12-2. It was a case of scoring early and often for NC State in game two, tallying a solo run in the first, followed by two more in the third, and then putting the game out of reach with eight scored in the fifth and sixth. Unlike in game one, NC State got excellent pitching in game two, with Brian Brown earning a complete game victory, giving up just one earned run on eight hits, with eight strikeouts and just two walks! Given this is the first of a doubleheader, Brown's performance may end up being the most important contribution of the entire series. Game three is scheduled to start tonight at 18:30. Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    13th April 2018, 20:21
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread Notre Dame in Baseball
    NC State drops game one 12-8, but this was a disappointing game, one that the Pack seemed have in control at the mid-point. But, poor pitching allowed Notre Dame to erupt for six critical runs in the top of the fourth, on two homers, the first a three run blast, to turn a 7-2 lead into an 8-7 deficit. The Pack tallied a solo run in their half of the fifth to tie the game again, but Notre Dame closed out the scoring with three more in the seventh and a final tally in the ninth. The Pack staff surrendered five homers to Notre Dame hitters. Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    12th April 2018, 22:49
    Ken Stallings started a thread Notre Dame in Baseball
    After a significant time away from home, the Wolfpack finally gets back to some home cooking! Starting Friday, the Pack hosts Notre Dame for a three game series. http://gopack.com/news/2018/4/12/baseball-second-ranked-wolfpack-welcomes-notre-dame-for-weekend-series.aspx Go Pack! Ken
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    12th April 2018, 10:57
    We are reporting and working with the NCAA fully on this. Not hiding anything from them. The feeling is we will likely have to vacate the wins from DSJ's season, but nothing much more than that. But with the NCAA, who knows.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    12th April 2018, 09:51
    I think it comes down to whether anyone on the staff (or players other than Smith) knew about this. There is an obligation to report. Spinning around in my cranium is the strong sense that it's just not worth recruiting these sort of players who regard college as a rental location. I remember what the immortal Bobby Jones told a group of reporters regarding the future of golf. He told them that amateur was a derivative of the Latin word amor, which meant love. An amateur sportsman is one who plays the sport simply for the love of it. He added that "money will be the ruin of this sport." Smith wanted some cherries on the side of his scholarship, and I don't suspect he will return to NC State to earn his degree. I'd rather see players like him go pro as early as possible. I just wonder how early that would become should there be no limits at all -- high school eligibility anyone? Ken
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  • Mad Gene Vane's Avatar
    12th April 2018, 09:25
    Only saving grace for us is that Gottfried and all his staff are gone. Hopefully will mitigate any damage done, if the NCAA gets involved.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    11th April 2018, 20:48
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread #2 Pack beats UNC-W in Baseball
    Write up: http://gopack.com/news/2018/4/11/baseball-six-run-inning-lifts-no-2-pack9-past-uncw-8-3.aspx Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    11th April 2018, 19:37
    A Will Wilson three run blast to center keyed a six-run explosion for NC State in the top half of the fifth inning. The Seahawks trimmed it to 6-3 in the sixth, but the Pack answered with two more to earn the 8-3 victory. I will post more later. Cheers! Ken
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    10th April 2018, 20:55
    A second and parallel running investigation target is emerging, including now an Adidais executive who worked to funnel cash payments to several Kansas players, plus a previously unnamed former NC State player, whom is now confirmed to have been Dennis Smith. This after Smith himself confirmed he is that player. http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/23107028/prosecutors-add-more-criminal-counts-adidas-executive-fbi-college-basketball-probe Information indicates there was a plan to funnel $40,000 to Smith through a member of the NC State basketball coaching staff, but reports indicate that plan fell apart. This coincided with Smithís timeline of backing away from his commitment to NC State, which of course was reversed again with his decision to sign and play his freshman year. NC State is reported to be fully cooperating with federal investigators, plus also has contacted numerous coaches to determine if any had knowledge of this payment scheme. All coaches so far contacted have denied any such knowledge. Ken
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    10th April 2018, 10:26
    Correct in assuming that this is just for the feedback. The expectation is that he will be back.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    9th April 2018, 22:40
    As a junior, I think Dorn is doing this quite wisely, which is not surprising since his father is a professional athlete and therefore can provide him with very wise advice, and not allow his son to be susceptible to the siren's call of the agents. This might be the only time in my life I've ever said anything truly nice about a UNC graduate (his father)! LOL!! Ken
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    9th April 2018, 17:29
    Just announced but he will not hire an agent. Just testing the waters I assume.
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    9th April 2018, 10:15
    Spring sports are typically a stumbling block for us. We reached as high as #14 (i think) last year after the fall sports were completed and fell to #21 or #22 by the final rankings. Part of the problem is we dont compete in as many sports as other colleges so we have 0 room for error with the number of sports we play and how many sports they take into account in these rankings.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    9th April 2018, 09:39
    Yes, sir! Ken
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  • Derreck's Avatar
    9th April 2018, 08:02
    https://www.baseballamerica.com/rankings/college-baseball-top-25/ The Pack9 have reached its highest ever ranking in the baseball america poll coming in at #2.
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  • LSmith's Avatar
    8th April 2018, 21:30
    LSmith replied to a thread @ Louisville in Baseball
    Team had me sold after the sweep @ then #2 Clemson back in March. Undefeated in conference as far as series wins. The series in Durham against the Dookies on April 20th is shaping up to be a big one. A lot of baseball to play but shaping up to be a special season. 3 straight game one losses to rebound and win the final 2 of each to take 3 straight series should tell you a lot about the character of this team.
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  • Stephen Sparks's Avatar
    8th April 2018, 18:01
    Stephen Sparks replied to a thread @ Louisville in Baseball
    This team is really racking up the wins. Iím beginning to believe this is going to be a special season.
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  • Ken Stallings's Avatar
    8th April 2018, 16:07
    Ken Stallings replied to a thread @ Louisville in Baseball
    Write up from game three: http://gopack.com/news/2018/4/8/no-4-nc-state-baseball-runs-past-no-11-louisville-10-3-to-clinch-series.aspx Ken
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