Baseball to host #18 NC State Tuesday evening at Taylor Field
BUIES CREEK – Campbell will take on a nationally-ranked team for the first time this season on Tuesday night, as the Camels host #18 NC State at Taylor Field in a 6 p.m. contest. The Wolfpack took a 9-2 victory over Campbell when the two teams met earlier this season in Raleigh, a game that turned out to be the final loss before the Camels won 18 consecutive games to establish a new program winning streak mark.
NC State is ranked 18th-nationally in the Collegiate Baseball poll. The USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll has the Wolfpack 19th in the voting and also has Campbell receiving votes.
The Campbell University Marketing & Promotions department will be providing free ice cream to the first 250 fans at the game. The game will also be an Alumni Night for all former Campbell Baseball alumni.
CU is 10-32-1 in the all-time series with NC State. Campbell was 0-2 against NCSU during 2011 and last defeated the Wolfpack in a 15-10 home victory in the 2010 season. CU went 2-0 against NC State during 2009, taking 7-4 and 16-7 wins.
The Fighting Camels are 4-6 against ranked opponents during Greg Goff's tenure in Buies Creek, last facing one when the Camels took one of three games in an Atlantic Sun series with 26th-ranked Stetson last season.
David Olson went 11-for-21 for a .524 batting average last week, finishing with eight RBI and eight runs scored and raising his season batting average to .366, fifth highest in the Big South. The junior from Auburn, Wash. had four doubles and two home runs during the week to finish with a 1.000 slugging percentage while helping his team to a 4-1 record during the five-game stretch.
NC State is led offensively by Chris Diaz, a .343 hitter who leads the club in base hits (47) and RBI (31). Trea Turner leads the nation with 38 stolen bases and has also scored 37 runs this season to go with his .328 batting average.