Ogburn To Start ACC Tourney Opener

Ethan Ogburn

RALEIGH, N.C. – Third-seeded NC State opens its ACC Tournament against Miami, Wednesday at 3 p.m. at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, N.C.

State will open the tournament with right-hander Ethan Ogburn on the mound. 4-3 on the season, the junior's 3.04 ERA ranks 16th overall in the ACC.

In his last start Ogburn pitched six innings against FSU, allowing three earned runs and nine hits in the 3-2 loss.

The Wolfpack (38-15, 19-11 ACC) returns to action on Thursday at 7 p.m. against Wake Forest, before finishing its pool play schedule with North Carolina at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Pack must finish with the best record (or win a tiebreaker) in its pool to advance to the ACC Championship game Sunday at noon.

Ryan Mathews enters the tournament as the ACC's hottest hitter, currently on the longest active hitting streak in the conference at 21 games. Mathews has six home runs in his last seven games, and took both National and ACC Player of the Week honors on Monday.

Trea Turner could own the ACC single-season record for stolen bases by the end of the weekend. The freshman sits 54-for-58 on the year, leading the nation by 14 and the ACC by 32, nine shy of the conference record set by Brian Roberts in 1998.

In addition to his speed on the base paths, Turner poses a threat at the plate. The Lake Worth, Fla. native has a .340 batting average, good for 10th in the ACC, but does significant damage early in the game. Turner bats .372 and has 18 runs in the first inning, having led off every game this season for the Pack. He has scored in 18 of State's last 19 games, eight of the last 12 first innings.

The Wolfpack represents the only team in the conference with four players batting over .340 (top 10 in the ACC). Aside from Turner, Chris Diaz leads the team with a .369 average, Mathews is hitting .343, and Canela sits ninth in the ACC at .340. No other conference squad has more than two batters in the top 10.

Turner, Mathews, and Diaz each made All-ACC first team on Monday alongside Carlos Rodon, who claimed both the ACC Freshman and Pitcher of the Year awards. Rodon marks the first freshman in conference history to earn either Player or Pitcher of the Year honors.

Radio coverage for all of NC State's tournament games will be provided by 88.1 WKNC, fans can follow Twitter updates from @NCStateBaseball, and live stats will be available on GoPack.com.

TELEVISION SCHEDULE
#3 NC State vs. #6 Miami (3 p.m., Wednesday):
RSN (FS South, FS Florida, CSN Mid-Atlantic, NESN, FS North Plus, FS Arizona) and ESPN3

#3 NC State vs. #7 Wake Forest (7 p.m., Thursday): RSN (FS South, Sun Sports, CSN Mid-Atlantic, NESN, FS North Plus, FS Arizona) and ESPN3

#3 NC State vs. #2 North Carolina (7 p.m., Saturday): RSN (FS South, Sun Sports, CSN Mid-Atlantic, NESN, FS North Plus, FS Arizona Plus) and ESPN3

Championship Game (12 p.m., Sunday): ESPN2

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