Baseball Alumni Game & Banquet Set For February 13
RALEIGH, N.C. — February 13 will be the first doubleheader of the season for the NC State baseball team. The Wolfpack will hold an alumni game at 1 o’clock that afternoon, pitting the current NC State varsity team against a team of recent Wolfpack players.
At 7 o’clock that evening, the Pack will hold its annual First-Pitch Banquet, which this year also will double as the NC State Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Banquet. The banquet will be held at the new Downtown Raleigh Marriott. Dan Plesac, Doug Strange and Steve Martin will be the 2010 induction class for the program’s hall of fame, which inducted its first class in 2009.
Martin played for NC State from 1967-69, and was the offensive star of the Wolfpack’s 1968 College World Series squad. He led the 1968 team with a .370 batting average, seven doubles, four triples, 47 runs scored, 26 RBIs, a .512 slugging percentage and a .456 on-base percentage. He finished his three-year career with a .337 average, 12 doubles, nine triples, three home runs, 63 runs scored, 54 RBIs and 13 steals in 79 games played. He was named first-team All-ACC and second-team All-America in 1968, making him the fourth All-American in NC State history.
Plesac pitched for the Wolfpack from 1981-83 and posted a 13-7 career record with a 4.83 ERA in 183 innings pitched. In 1983, he became the first NC State player ever taken in the first round of the MLB draft when the Milwaukee Brewers picked him 26th overall. He went on to enjoy an 18-year major league career (1986-2003) with the Brewers, Cubs, Pirates, Blue Jays, Diamondbacks and Phillies, appearing in 1,064 games, the sixth most appearances in big league history. Plesac won 65 games and saved 158 with a career ERA of 3.64. He pitched for the American League in the 1987, 1988 and 1989 All-Star Games. He had a career-high 33 saves with a career-best 2.35 ERA in 52 appearances in 1989. Plesac joined the Major League Baseball TV Network as a studio host and analyst in the fall of 2008 after spending four years in a similar capacity for the Chicago Cubs broadcasts.
Strange played for NC State from 1983-85 and had a career batting average of .368 with 33 doubles, three triples, 14 home runs and 110 RBIs in 121 games. He was named first-team All-ACC in 1984 and 1985, and was taken by the Detroit Tigers in the seventh round of the 1985 June MLB draft. He played 10 seasons in the major leagues for the Tigers, Cubs, Rangers, Expos, Mariners and Pirates. He currently serves as a special assistant to the general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Individual tickets for this event are now available for $75 and can be secured by downloading and completing the registration forms at the top of this article. Sponsor tables are also available for $750 and include 8 tickets to the banquet. You can fax the completed forms to the NC State Baseball Office at 919-513-7634 or email it to Dana Huether at firstname.lastname@example.org.