NC State Baseball Continues To Thrive

Program now experiencing long-term success on and off the field

The NC State baseball program has experienced continued success on the field this season, resulting in growing fan support.

The NC State baseball program has experienced continued success on the field this season, resulting in growing fan support.

April 25, 2006

RALEIGH, N.C. - With dramatic increases in season ticket sales, game attendance, and student involvement, not to mention continued success on the field; NC State baseball's future appears brighter than ever.

"I wouldn't have guessed that the support for our program would have grown this fast," head coach Elliott Avent said of the record crowds in Doak Field at Dail Park this season."The efforts of our coaching and support staffs have been incredible."

The stadium completion prior to the 2005 season and this year's generous naming gift by Curtis and Jacqueline Dail have given Wolfpack fans one of the finest college baseball stadiums in the country to call home.

The generosity in the Wolfpack family continued with regard to the baseball program this year.Corporate advertising and involvement have nearly doubled through the efforts of Wolfpack Sports Marketing.Also complimenting the stadium grounds is the charitable gift of Donald and Melanie Mangum, who provided stadium wall padding throughout the playing areas at Doak Field at Dail Park.

Season ticket sales for Avent's team have more than doubled over the 2005 campaign, spearheaded by the unwavering support of the NC State Friends of Baseball organization.Couple that with dramatic attendance increases and the formation of Avent's Army and you have the recipe for a program on the rise!

Avent's Army is the new student baseball fan group.In the first two weeks of the ACC season, more than 500 students had signed up to participate in the group.You may notice them on the grass hill wearing their Wolfpack Red camouflage shirts and starting Wolf, Pack chants.

"They have added so much atmosphere to our home games," senior center fielder Matt Camp said. "It definitely gives our team a lift."

Despite last weekend's sweep at top-ranked North Carolina, NC State boasts a 31-13 record, is currently ranked 11th in the nation, and is in the thick of the race for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference's Atlantic Division. When asked his thoughts about the current season, Avent said, "In addition to having a great team of young men, all the support has greatly assisted us to this point in our season."

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