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NC State Newsstand: Pack baseball has 2 players earn All-America honors

image_6483441 (3)by:Noah Fleischman06/13/24

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NC State baseball’s season is still going as it is in Omaha for the Men’s College World Series this weekend, and the Wolfpack’s postseason honors are rolling in. The Pack had two players, graduate third baseman Alec Makarewicz and junior catcher Jacob Cozart, earn All-America honors Wednesday from two national outlets. 

Cozart, a top catching prospect in this summer’s MLB Draft, was named a 2024 Perfect Game Second Team All-American. The catcher, who is also a finalist for the Buster Posey Award, was recognized with his first All-America honor of his career. 

The Pack’s standout backstop enters the College World Series with a .300 batting average to go with 19 homers, 53 RBI and 60 runs scored. He also leads the Wolfpack with 49 walks and has an OPS of 1.034. 

In addition to Cozart’s stellar play at the plate, he is one of the top catching prospects for his defense. He has thrown out 13 runners attempting to steal, which leads all ACC catchers. 

While Cozart was a second team selection, Makarewicz earned third team honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The former ECU transfer garnered his first set of All-America honors of his collegiate career. 

Makarewicz, a second team All-ACC selection, leads the Wolfpack with a .380 batting average, 80 RBI, 22 home runs and a .744 slugging percentage. His 22 blasts are the sixth most in NC State single-season history, while the 80 runs driven in are tied for second — seven more would tie him with Turtle Zaun for the program record. 

If Makarewicz earns one more base in the College World Series, he will break Tony Ellison’s single-season record of 186.

Tweets of the day

It’s been quite a year for NC State Athletics. 

Pack men’s basketball will host Texas in the ACC/SEC Challenge. 

NC State women’s basketball will host Ole Miss in the ACC/SEC Challenge.

Quote of the day

Wolfpack baseball is in Omaha for the Men’s College World Series, which begins Saturday afternoon against Kentucky. 

“I mean, honestly,  it’s a surreal moment for everybody,” Pennington said. “I mean, everybody’s starstruck. … Everything comes all together and it’s just, it’s the greatest opportunity on dirt. We’re really excited to get out there and do our job.”

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