NC State Wolfpack baseball
|NC State Wolfpack|
|2015 NC State Wolfpack baseball team|
|University||North Carolina State University|
|Head Coach||Elliott Avent (19th year)|
|Home Stadium||Doak Field
|College World Series Appearances|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1968, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|1972, 1974, 1975, 1992|
|1968, 1975, 1981, 1986|
The NC State Wolfpack baseball team is the varsity intercollegiate baseball program of North Carolina State University, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. The team has been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference since the conference's founding in the 1954 season. The program's home venue is Doak Field, which opened in 1966. Elliott Avent has been the head coach of the team since prior to the 1997 season. As of the end of the 2013 season, the Wolfpack have appeared in two College World Series and 26 NCAA Tournaments. They have won four ACC Tournament Championships and four ACC Regular Season Championships. As of the start of the 2012 Major League Baseball season, 33 former Wolfpack players have played in Major League Baseball.
The baseball program began varsity play in 1903, playing at Riddick Stadium. The program competed in each season until 1914, when the program was discontinued for three season (1914–1916) before being revived prior to the 1917 season.
The team's nickname was the "Farmers" until autumn 1921, when an alumnus complained that the behavior of some of the school's football players was "as unruly as a pack of wolves." Subsequently, newspapers began referring to the school's athletic teams as the "Wolfpack."
NC State made its first College World Series appearance in 1968, in the second season of head coach Sammy Esposito's tenure. In the World Series, the team lost in the semifinals to eventual champion USC. Since the NCAA Tournament's format was changed in 1999 to include the Super Regional round, NC State has appeared in four Super Regionals, losing to Miami in 2003, Georgia in 2008, and Florida in 2012, and beating Rice in 2013.
- Independent − 1903–1913, 1917–1921
- Southern Conference − 1922–1953
- Atlantic Coast Conference − 1954–present
The program's most successful coach is current head coach Elliott Avent, who has 599 career victories at NC State, as of the end of the 2012 season. Avent became the program's winningest coach on May 9, 2010, in a 21-0 NC State win over Towson. The win was Avent's 514th, and he passed Sammy Esposito on the program's career wins list.
Current coaching staff
Below is a list of notable players of the program and the seasons in which they played for the Wolfpack.
Major League Baseball Draft
In the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, two NC State players were selected. Junior shortstop Chris Diaz was selected in the 11th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates, and senior outfielder Ryan Mathews was selected in the 27th round by the Oakland Athletics. Both players signed contracts with their respective organizations.