NC State Places 19 Players In Summer Baseball Leagues
June 8, 2006
RALEIGH, N.C. - The end of the 2006 college baseball is here for NC State, but 19 Wolfpack players will keep playing this summer in various NCAA-sponsored collegiate summer leagues.
Eight Wolfpack players have signed contracts to play in the Cape Cod League, five with the Coastal Plain League, four with the Northwoods League, and two with the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
Following is a listing of the summer destinations for the 19 Wolfpack players scheduled to play summer baseball:
Cape Cod League:
Note: Brackman is rehabilitating from a stress fracture in his left hip and is not scheduled to arrive in Orleans until July. Mangum still is recovering from a variety of nicks and dings suffered during the spring season -- including a strained knee and a sore back -- and most likely will spend the summer working on improving his strength and endurance. Walls, Diaz and Stallings were selected in the MLB draft earlier this week and could sign professional contracts.
Unbeaten Vs. Longhorns: With NC State's 6-3 victory over Texas in the NCAA Austin Regional, the Wolfpack improved to 4-0 all-time against the Longhorns, incluing a 3-0 record vs. Texas at Disch-Falk Field. That last mark is a little more impressive than it might seem at first glance. The Longhorns have played nearly 120 different opponents at home in the 32-year history of Disch-Falk, and NC State is the only team that Texas has played there and never beaten.
Unwelcome Guests: Also noteworthy about the Wolfpack's victory over Texas in the Austin Regional is that it was NC State's first victory ever over a host school in an NCAA Regional or Super Regional. The Pack was 0-14 against host teams in its previous 17 NCAA Regional and Super Regional appearances.
Hits Record: The Wolfpack offense ranked among the nation's best all season and will go down as one of the best in school history, setting one team record and falling just short of several others.
Matt Mangini's ninth-inning infield single vs. Stanford in the Austin Regional championship game was the Pack's last and 767th of the season, breaking the old record of 766 hits set in 1994.
NC State just missed several other school single-season records. The Wolfpack's .422 on-base percentage was five points short of matching the record of .427 set in 2002. With 148 doubles this season, NC State just missed the school single-season record of 161 doubles, set in 1991
The Pack missed the record of 571 runs in a season (1988) by 33, and fell 48 at-bats short of equalling the school mark of 2351 at-bats (1994).
Camp Gets 100 Hits: Center fielder Matt Camp wrapped up his Wolfpack career in grand style. Camp finished the year with 101 hits, making him one of just five NC State players ever to amass 100 or more hits in a season. His 101 hits rank as the third most hits in a single season ever by a Wolfpack player. He also finished seventh on the school's single-season list with 22 doubles.
On the NC State career lists, Camp finished with 322 hits (5th), 216 runs scored (5th), 973 at-bats (4th), 402 total bases (8th), 113 walks (8th) and 49 stolen bases (T-3rd).
Other Individual Marks: Righthanded starter Gib Hobson's complete-game victory over Texas was his 10th win of the 2006 season, making him the 16th pitcher ever at NC State to win 10 games or more in a single season.
Reliever Jason Duncan's 18 appearances in 2006 gave him 71 for his career, tying him with Terry Harvey for seventh place in Wolfpack history.
The 40-Win Plateau: NC State's 6-3 win over Texas in the Austin Regional was the Pack's 40th of the 2006 season, the third time in the last four years that NC State won 40 games or more in a season, the fifth time in Elliott Avent's 10 seasons as head coach, and the 12th time in school history.
Avent Climbing Career Wins List: NC State's 40-22 record in 2006 pushed head coach Elliott Avent's career record to 603-445, a mark that includes eight seasons at New Mexico State. Avent's 10-year record with the Wolfpack stands at 378-234. Avent is NC State's third-winningest baseball coach, behind only Sam Esposito (513-253 from 1967-87) and Ray Tanner (395-173 from 1988-96).
Postseason Awards: Just to recap, NC State placed six players on the first- and second-team All-ACC teams. Outfielder Matt Camp and second baseman Ramon Corona made the first team. Catcher Caleb Mangum, DH Jon Still, shortstop Jonathan Diaz and first baseman Aaron Bates made the second team. The All-ACC team is voted on by the league's 12 head baseball coaches. No other school had more than four players make the first- and second-team all-conference squads.
Camp and Corona were named third-team All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball magazine.
Camp and Mangum made the all-tournament team at the ACC Tournament. Camp, Still, Bates and righthander Gib Hobson were named to the all-tournament team at the NCAA Austin Regional.