Posted: 6:41 pm Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Baseball: Park Vista grad Trea Turner sets N.C State record 

By Matt Porter

He wasn’t a standout base-stealer in high school, but just two and a half months into his college career, ex-Park Vista shortstop Trea Turner owns N.C. State’s single-season stolen base record.

Turner, a Lake Worth native, reached the mark on Wednesday with two steals in the 17th-ranked Wolfpack’s 14-2 win over Elon.

Turner improved to 31-for-32 on steal attempts and broke the previous record of 30 set in 2009. He can now focus on the ACC single-season record (63) set by UNC’s Brian Roberts in 1998.

“I’m excited to break the record,” Turner said in a press release. “The guys kept telling me how close I was. Our coaches have been a huge help, teaching me what to look for from the pitcher, how to get good jumps, knowing the situations to steal on. I wasn’t as much of a base stealer before coming here.”

Turner celebrated his record by going 3-for-4 with four RBIs, falling a homer short of the cycle. Aside from the two steals, he had a bases-loaded triple in the seventh, hit a double, stole two bases, scored twice, and walked twice.

Turner was a first-team Post All-Area selection last season.