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    29  Vern Sterry
    Vern Sterry

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Rowland Heights, Calif.

    High School:
    Rowland

    Last College:
    Cypress (Calif.) JC

    Height / Weight:
    6-2 / 208

    Position:
    RHP

    Birthdate:
    02/07/1982


    As a junior (2003): Named first-team All-America by Collegiate Baseball, the first Wolfpack player named first-team All-America since infielder Tom Sergio and reliever Clay Eason in 1997 ... Named second team All-America by the InsideCollegeBaseball.com website ... Voted first team All-ACC by the conference's coaches ... Became the first pitcher in NC State history ever to start a season with 11 consecutive wins, which also is the longest single-season winning streak ever for the Wolfpack ... Is the only pitcher in school history to go unbeaten and win 10 or more games in a season ... Had the fourth most strikeouts in a single season in school history with 124 ... Shut down Hofstra on February 28, allowing two runs, one of them earned, on seven hits in 8-2/3 innings ... Retired the first 14 men he faced, and 17 of the first 18 while walking none and striking out 10 ... Throttled The Citadel on March 11, allowing three runs on four hits in 7-1/3 innings ... Set down the first nine Citadel batters he faced and 13 of the first 15 ... Did not allow a hit until two men were out in the fifth, and did not allow a hit out of the infield until two were out in the seventh ... Pitched a complete-game seven-hitter March 16 vs. Princeton, walking one and striking out a career-high 14 ... Retired 16 of 18 men at one point ... Was named ACC Pitcher of the Week for the week that ended March 16 ... Began conference play in grand style by limiting Florida State to two runs on three hits in eight innings ... Came within an out of a complete game against Clemson on March 29, and dominated the Tigers, retiring 16 of the first 18 men he faced before giving up a much-disputed home run in the top of the sixth, then retired nine of the next 12 Tigers he faced before finally running out of steam in the top of the ninth ... Wound up allowing two runs, one of them unearned, on six hits in 8-2/3 innings ... Tied a school record for longest single-season winning streak when he won his 10th consecutive decision, April 19 in the second game of a doubleheader at Virginia ... Turned in one of the best clutch pitching performances ever by a Wolfpack hurler May 17 when he shut down Georgia Tech in Atlanta, allowing one run on five hits in seven innings to salvage the final game of a three-game series ... Started the Wolfpack's second-round game in the Wilson Regional, holding Virginia Commonwealth to three runs on four hits, two of them home runs, in eight innings. Junior college: Went 3-4 with four saves and a 5.50 ERA as a sophomore in 2002 ... Made 19 appearances, including seven starts, and allowed 57 hits, walked 31 and struck out 44 in 54 innings ... Helped lead Cypress to a 27-15 record ... Was a 38th-round pick of the Colorado Rockies in the 2001 June Draft. High school and personal: Earned first-team all-league honors as a senior at Rowland High School in 2000, and was second-team all-league as a junior in 1999 ... Also played football and basketball ... Pitched for West Warwick in the New England Collegiate Baseball League in the summer of 2002, making the league all-star team after posting a 3-1 record with a 2.26 ERA ... Made eight starts and nine total appearances, working 51 2/3 innings ... Allowed 42 hits and 25 walks while notching 63 strikeouts ... Played on the same team with future Wolfpack teammates David Hicks, Tim Coffield and Phillip Davidson ... Played for the Mankato Mashers of the Northwoods League in the summer of 2001, earning second-half all-star honors ... Majoring in sociology ... Born February 7, 1982.

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