NC State Wolfpack baseball

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NC State Wolfpack
Founded: 1903
NC State Wolfpack athletic logo

University North Carolina State University
Conference ACC
Atlantic Division
Location Raleigh, NC
Head Coach Elliott Avent (18th year)
Home Stadium Doak Field
(Capacity: 2,500)
Nickname Wolfpack
Colors

Red and White and Black

                   
College World Series Appearances
1968, 2013
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
Conference Champions
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.

History[edit]

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.[1]

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."[2]

The program's current venue, Doak Field, opened in 1966.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5][6][7]

The Wolfpack have hosted four NCAA Regionals, one at Wilson, North Carolina's Fleming Stadium (in 2003) and three at Doak Field (in 2008, 2012, 2013).[7][8]

Conference affiliations[edit]

Venues[edit]

Riddick Stadium[edit]

Main article: Riddick Stadium

Prior to 1966, the team played at Riddick Stadium, which was also home to the NC State football program.[9][10]

Doak Field[edit]

Main article: Doak Field

The Wolfpack's home venue is Doak Field, which opened in 1966 and has a capacity of 2,500 spectators. The field is named for Charles Doak, who was the program's head coach from 1924–1939.[3]

Head coaches[edit]

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.[1] 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.[11][12]

The program's longest tenured head coaches are Vic Sorrell and Sammy Esposito, who each served as head coach for 21 seasons.[1]

Year(s) Coach Seasons W-L-T Pct
1903–1904 C. D. Welch 2 20–15–0 .571
1905–1906 M. J. Kittredge 2 16–12–0 .571
1907 Unknown 1 14–8–0 .636
1908–1911 Frank Thompson 4 70–16–4 .800
1912 Edward Green 1 13–6–1 .675
1913 Fred Anderson 1 6–0–0 1.000
1917–1918, 1921–1923 Harry Hartsell 5 52–37–4 .581
1919 Tal Stafford 1 12–11–0 .522
1920 Bill Fetzer 1 14–6–0 .700
1924–1939 Charles Doak 16 147–129–6 .533
1940–1944 Williams Newton 5 16–50–0 .242
1945 Beattie Feathers 1 7–6–0 .538
1946–1966 Vic Sorrell 21 223–196–5 .532
1967–1987 Sammy Esposito 21 513–253–4 .669
1988–1996 Ray Tanner 9 395–173–3 .694
1997–present Elliott Avent 16 599–382–0 .611
TOTALS
16
107
2,152–1,327–27
.619

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Current coaching staff[edit]

  • Head coachElliott Avent
  • Associate head coach – Chris Hart
  • Assistant coach – Scott Foxhall
  • Assistant coach – Taylor Black[13]

Yearly record[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Independent (1903–1913)
1903 C. D. Welch 10–3
1904 C. D. Welch 10–12
1905 M. J. Kittredge 10–5
1906 M. J. Kittredge 6–7
1907 Unknown 14–8
1908 Frank Thompson 21–4
1909 Frank Thompson 16–8–1
1910 Frank Thompson 15–1–3
1911 Frank Thompson 18–3
1912 Edward Green 13–6–1
1913 Fred Anderson 6–0–0
No program (1914–1916)
Independent (1917–1921)
1917 Harry Hartsell 5–8
1918 Harry Hartsell 11–5–1
1919 Tal Stafford 12–11
1920 Bill Fetzer 14–6
1921 Harry Hartsell 10–10–2
Independent: 191-97-8
Southern Conference (1922–1953)
1922 Harry Hartsell 13–7
1923 Harry Hartsell 13–7–1
1924 Charles Doak 18–4
1925 Charles Doak 14–4
1926 Charles Doak 7–13
1927 Charles Doak 2–10
1928 Charles Doak 12–6
1929 Charles Doak 9–9
1930 Charles Doak 8–10–1
1931 Charles Doak 11–8
1932 Charles Doak 7–6–2
1933 Charles Doak 9–4
1934 Charles Doak 9–11–1
1935 Charles Doak 10–9
1936 Charles Doak 11–8
1937 Charles Doak 7–12
1938 Charles Doak 8–7–2
1939 Charles Doak 5–8
1940 Williams Newton 3–9
1941 Williams Newton 3–10
1942 Williams Newton 6–9
1943 Williams Newton 3–10
1944 Williams Newton 1–12
1945 Beattie Feathers 7–6
1946 Vic Sorrell 11–4
1947 Vic Sorrell 9–13
1948 Vic Sorrell 8–13–1
1949 Vic Sorrell 8–12
1950 Vic Sorrell 16–9
1951 Vic Sorrell 10–10
1952 Vic Sorrell 15–10
1953 Vic Sorrell 11–9
Southern: 284-279-8
Atlantic Coast Conference (1954–present)
1954 Vic Sorrell 8–8 8–6 3rd
1955 Vic Sorrell 13–4 12–3 2nd
1956 Vic Sorrell 14–5–1 11–4 2nd
1957 Vic Sorrell 8–10 7–7 4th
1958 Vic Sorrell 10–7 6–7 5th
1959 Vic Sorrell 8–12 5–9 8th
1960 Vic Sorrell 12–8 9–5 3rd
1961 Vic Sorrell 13–5 8–5 4th
1962 Vic Sorrell 11–10 8–6 t–3rd
1963 Vic Sorrell 9–10 4–10 7th
1964 Vic Sorrell 8–15 4–9 7th
1965 Vic Sorrell 10–10–1 6–8 t–5th
1966 Vic Sorrell 11–12–2 7–7 t–3rd
1967 Sammy Esposito 11–11 6–7 5th
1968 Sammy Esposito 25–9 13–4 1st College World Series
1969 Sammy Esposito 17–11 9–9 4th
1970 Sammy Esposito 21–10 13–8 3rd
1971 Sammy Esposito 18–11–1 9–5 3rd
1972 Sammy Esposito 19–13 7–8 4th
1973 Sammy Esposito 23–10–1 9–3 2nd District 3 Regionals
1974 Sammy Esposito 22–10 7–5 3rd District 3 Regionals
1975 Sammy Esposito 27–7 10–2 t–1st Atlantic Regional
1976 Sammy Esposito 20–12 6–6 4th ACC Tournament
1977 Sammy Esposito 27–12 5–5 t–4th ACC Tournament
1978 Sammy Esposito 23–16 5–7 5th ACC Tournament
1979 Sammy Esposito 23–13 3–9 6th
1980 Sammy Esposito 21–12 7–6 4th ACC Tournament
1981 Sammy Esposito 33–12 10–4 t–1st ACC Tournament
1982 Sammy Esposito 24–14 7–7 4th ACC Tournament
1983 Sammy Esposito 23–13–1 9–4 2nd ACC Tournament
1984 Sammy Esposito 32–8 9–3 3rd ACC Tournament
1985 Sammy Esposito 29–16 8–5 4th ACC Tournament
1986 Sammy Esposito 35–15 11–2 1st South II Regional
1987 Sammy Esposito 39–16 12–8 4th Mideast Regional
1988 Ray Tanner 45–16 13–6 2nd East Regional
1989 Ray Tanner 35–21–2 10–10 4th ACC Tournament
1990 Ray Tanner 48–20 14–7 3rd Atlantic Regional
1991 Ray Tanner 48–20 11–10 3rd East Regional
1992 Ray Tanner 46–18 15–9 3rd Atlantic Regional
1993 Ray Tanner 49–17 15–7 2nd Midwest Regional
1994 Ray Tanner 46–18–1 13–11 5th Mideast Regional
1995 Ray Tanner 36–24 14–14 6th ACC Tournament
1996 Ray Tanner 42–19 14–13 t–3rd East Regional
1997 Elliott Avent 43–20 15–8 3rd South II Regional
1998 Elliott Avent 41–23 12–9 4th West Regional
1999 Elliott Avent 37–25 11–13 6th Auburn Regional
2000 Elliott Avent 30–28 10–14 t–6th ACC Tournament
2001 Elliott Avent 32–28 9–15 t–7th ACC Tournament
2002 Elliott Avent 33–26 7–17 7th ACC Tournament
2003 Elliott Avent 45–18 15–9 t–3rd Coral Gables Super Regional
2004 Elliott Avent 36–24 11–12 6th Coral Gables Regional
2005 Elliott Avent 41–19 17–13 6th Lincoln Regional
2006 Elliott Avent 40–23 16–13 t–2nd (Atlantic) Austin Regional
2007 Elliott Avent 38–23 16–14 3rd (Atlantic) Columbia, SC Regional
2008 Elliott Avent 42–22 18–11 2nd (Atlantic) Athens Super Regional
2009 Elliott Avent 25–31 10–20 t–4th (Atlantic)
2010 Elliott Avent 38–24 15–15 3rd (Atlantic) Myrtle Beach Regional
2011 Elliott Avent 35–27 15–15 t–3rd (Atlantic) Columbia Regional
2012 Elliott Avent 43–20 19–11 2nd (Atlantic) Gainesville Super Regional
ACC: 1,641-921-10 605-499
Total: 2,152–1,327–27

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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Notable players[edit]

Below is a list of notable players of the program and the seasons in which they played for the Wolfpack.[15]

Major League Baseball Draft[edit]

2012[edit]

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.[13][16] Both players signed contracts with their respective organizations.[17][18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "2012 NC State Baseball Yearbook". PackYearbooks.com. NC State Sports Information. Archived from the original on July 2, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Welcome to Wolfpack Awareness Week". GoPack.com. October 18, 2010. Archived from the original on July 3, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Doak Field at Dail Park". Go Pack. Archived from the original on July 2, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ Peeler, Tim. "The Wolfpacker Remembers 1968 College World Series". GoPack.com. Archived from the original on July 3, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ Kelly, Omar (June 7, 2003). "Coral Gables Super Regional". The Sun-Sentinel. Archived from the original on July 3, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ "No. 1 Florida Beats NC State". ESPN.com. June 10, 2012. Archived from the original on July 3, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b McCreary, Joedy. "Wolfpack Opens Raleigh Regional Play Friday at Doak Field". HeraldSun.com. The Associated Press. Archived from the original on July 3, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Wilson Regional Capsules". CollegeBaseballInsider.com. May 30, 2003. Archived from the original on July 3, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Riddick Stadium". NCSU.edu. Archived from the original on June 2, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Wolfpack Baseball: A History of Achievement Exhibition Highlights". North Carolina State University Libraries. Archived from the original on July 3, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  11. ^ Peeler, Tim. "Peeler: Avent Proud to Set School Mark for Wins". GoPack.com. Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  12. ^ "NC State Blasts 7 Homers to Sweep Tigers, 21-0". TowsonTigers.com. Towson Sports Information. May 9, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "2012 NC State Baseball Roster". GoPack.com. NC State Sports Information. Archived from the original on July 3, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  14. ^ "2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Media Guide". TheACC.com. Archived from the original on July 2, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2012. 
  15. ^ "North Carolina State University Baseball Players Who Made it to the Major Leagues". Baseball-Almanac.com. Archived from the original on July 2, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2012. 
  16. ^ "2012 MLB Draft by School: N-S". CollegeBaseballInsider.com. Archived from the original on July 3, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  17. ^ Wilmoth, Charlie (June 19, 2012). "MLB Draft Signings: Pirates Sign Adrian Sampson, Chris Diaz". SB Nation Pittsburgh. Archived from the original on July 3, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  18. ^ "A’s Agree to Terms with Three from 2012 First-Year Player Draft". OaklandAthletics.com. June 16, 2012. Archived from the original on July 3, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2012.