NC State's Rogers Named ACC Pitcher Of The Week
March 2, 2004
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State's Michael Rogers, a redshirt-sophomore righthander and a preseason All-America selection, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Pitcher of the Week for the week ending February 29.
Rogers pitched a complete-game three-hitter against The Citadel on February 28 at Charleston, S.C., defeating the Bulldogs 3-1. For the second time in three starts, Rogers took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before yielding a hit. This time, he gave up a one-out single up the middle to Will Coker, which was the only baserunner The Citadel had through the first eight innings. Rogers retired the side in order from the first through the fifth innings, and again in the seventh and eighth. He retired the first two men in the ninth and was one out away from a one-hit shutout when The Citadel rallied for a run on two hits to break up the shutout. Rogers (2-0, 1.29) pitched a complete game, allowing one run on three hits. He did not issue a walk, struck out 11 and threw just 95 pitches.
Rogers will not be a factor in this week's two-game midweek series vs. Le Moyne. The Dolphins, who faced the Wolfpack in last year's NCAA Wilson Regional, come to Doak Field for single games on Tuesday and Wednesday at 3 p.m. Senior lefthander Nate Cretarolo (0-0, 675) and junior righthander Phillip Davidson are slated to get the starts for the Wolfpack, now 7-0 following a three-game sweep at the Homewood Suites Tournament in Charleston this past weekend and now ranked No. 19 in the latest USA Today Sports Weekly coaches poll.
Wolfpack Diamond Notes: NC State pitching coach Chris Roberts doesn't get too worked up about gaudy strikeout numbers, but he makes no bones about his disdain for walks. Consequently, Roberts had to be pleased by the performance of his pitching staff this past weekend at the Homewood Suites Tournament in Charleston, S.C. In the tournament, NC State pitchers worked 27 innings, allowed eight earned runs on 23 hits, and walked just two while striking out 25.
For the season, NC State pitchers have walked just 12 and struck out 53 in 63 innings of work. That comes to 1.7 walks per nine innings pitched. Wolfpack pitchers have allowed 48 hits and plunked eight hitters for a total of 68 baserunners allowed in 63 innings.
Not surprisingly, the staff ERA is an eye-popping 1.86.
Rogers Flirts With Another No-No: Twice in three starts, redshirt-sophomore Michael Rogers has taken a no-hitter into the sixth inning before allowing a hit. In the Wolfpack's season opener, February 13 at Campbell, Rogers allowed just one baserunner through five innings, a hit batter leading off the second, before giving up a pair of runs on three hits in the bottom of the sixth inning. That was Rogers' final inning of work in that game, but it was a strong start to the season.
In his last start, February 28 at Charleston's Riley Park, Rogers set down The Citadel 1-2-3 in the first five innings, gave up a one-out single up the middle on a ball that he nearly snagged himself, then retired 10 more men in a row before The Citadel rallied for a run on two hits to spoil the shutout bid with two down in the ninth.
Polling Data: The coaches poll is one of just three national media baseball polls, and NC State is ranked in all three. In the March 1 Baseball America> poll, the Wolfpack is ranked No. 24 for the fourth consecutive week. In Collegiate Baseball, the Pack jumped from 27th to 22nd following its three-game sweep in Charleston.
Avent Moving Closer To 500 Wins: Wolfpack head coach Elliott Avent comes into play this week with a career record of 493-380, which includes a 268-169 mark in seven-plus seasons at NC State. He now needs seven more wins to reach the 500-win plateau.
Entering the 2004 campaign, three other current ACC coaches had won at least 500 games at the Division I level. Florida State's Mike Martin led the way with 1,293, followed by Clemson's Jack Leggett (850) and Wake Forest's George Greer (697). Avent's 2003 team finished with a 45-18 record, and he was named ACC Coach of the Year by the conference's coaches, and National Coach of the Year by College-BaseballInsider.com.
Since the start of the 2003 season, Avent is 52-18.
Fast Start: At 7-0 (with a suspended game that does not yet count as a win), NC State is off to its fastest start since the 1996 team jumped from the gates and won its first nine games. The longest winning streak to start a season by an NC State team was a 12-game streak in 1992. The best all-time start to a season by the Wolfpack, however, came the following year, in 1993. Although that team's season-opening winning streak was just three games, the '93 Wolfpack went on to compile records of 17-1 and 24-2.