WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — NC State men’s basketball coach Mark Gottfried was the main speaker on Tuesday night at the District 4 Wolfpack Club meeting in Wilmington at the Cape Fear Country Club. Click play video to see our coverage from the meeting.
Pack pride is riding high. NC State is one of three universities in the nation to win a college football bowl game, make the super regional in baseball and make the Sweet 16 in men’s basketball. The Wolfpack basketball squad may end up being the pre-season #1 team in the ACC under Mark Gottfried. ” It really doesn’t matter where you’re picked, Gottfried said on Tuesday. “It’s where you finish. It’s fun on one hand. There is some excitement. Our players can feel it and sense it, but if they don’t work as hard as we can it’s not going to matter anyways.”
Wolfpack point guard Lorenzo Brown underwent knee surgery on Tuesday. The procedure revealed a tear in the lateral miniscus in Brown’s right knee. “Hopefully in about 3-4 weeks he can start to work out again, Gottfried said. “We’ll be real conservative with him during the rest of the summer and into the fall to make sure he’s ready to go. I think the good news is when they went in and looked around there’s wasn’t a lot more than they thought. They didn’t discover anything else.”
The season starts in November for NC State. The schedule appears to be relatively tough. ” We’ve got a great trip to San Juan in the San Juan Shootout. We’re excited to play in the Jimmy V at Madison Square in New York with Connecticut. Stanford returns to our place. They won the NIT last year. Then you start looking at the league. We play North Carolina twice, Duke twice, Florida State twice. It’s going to be a heckuva schedule for us. It’s an 18 game league schedule for the first time. It’s going to be a challenge for our team.”
On a related note click here to find more information on the NC State Hall of Fame. Wilmington native Roman Gabriel will be inducted into the inaugural class. http:wway.wcbi.com/2012/06/26/roman-gabriel-selected-to-inaugural-nc-state-hall-of-fame
WILMINGTON,NC (Sharks release) — If the first inning didn’t count, the Wilmington Sharks (0-1) and the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team (2-0) may still be playing. Instead, the Nationals came out of Buck Hardee Field with a 7-4 victory, their second straight win over a Coastal Plain League foe.
A pair of walks issued by Tim Keller opened the game, and when Kris Bryant launched a rocket over the right center field wall it looked like it could be a long night for the Sharks. Instead, the bullpen came on and seven other pitchers allowed just four more runs through the final eight innings of play against some of the best summer collegiate players in the country.
Aaron Hoover, Chris Thomas and Ryne Frankoff posted zeroes until Frankoff came out for his second inning of work, in the fifth of the game, and surrendered two more runs.
Justin Livengood put ones across the board, allowing an earned run, a hit and a walk with one strikeout in his only inning of work before giving way to Wes Hatley and Nick Bruns, who each fanned two batters in their single frames.
Leading off the bottom of the seventh, Connor Mitchell came up for his first at bat in a Sharks uniform after reporting to Wilmington earlier in the day. Though it won’t count on the official statistics due to the game being an exhibition, he finished his night 2-for-2 with two runs scored. The first of his two runs was scored on Cole McInturff’s infield single, when the shortstop’s late throw skipped away from the first baseman. Zach Stephens also came home on the play, with both runs being recorded as unearned.
Each team would score in the ninth, with Andrew Brockett getting the inning on the mound for Wilmington and surrendering one run. Mitchell’s second plate appearance ended with a base hit to second that he beat out down the line. Grayson Atwood sent a charge deep over the left field fence, cutting the deficit to 7-4, but it was not enough as the Sharks fell by that margin.
The Sharks host the Lexington Chops in another exhibition on Wednesday at 11 a.m. before returning to CPL play on Thursday and Friday at home. For more on the Sharks, visit wilmingtonsharks.com, find Sharky Sharks on Facebook and follow @ILMSharks on Twitter.