Credit is owed to one of our readers, Elvislives, for this entry originally placed on the Forums. This is blog-worthy as it’s a great, great introspective about what lies ahead for Coach Avent, the staff, and our baseball team. Nice work, Elvislives. SFN definitely agrees that there are few places you can get more value for your entertainment dollar than a college baseball game. Head out and support the Pack. They’re playing fantastic ball and there’s a ton to be excited about.
One of the things us fans often criticize is scheduling. It’s certainly easy for us to do so as we’re not the ones given the task of making a calendar mesh with umpteen different Universities moving in opposite directions. With that said, give credit where it is due to this staff for coming up with a schedule that will help us prepare, hopefully, for a deep run to Omaha!
With a fast start to their season, NC State Baseball (6-1) is creeping towards the Top 25 in baseball polls. It’s early and outside of last week’s thrilling victory over then-#7 ranked UC Irvine and then getting topped by #10 Coastal Carolina, the Pack has played mostly cupcakes. All that changes next weekend when their conference schedule begins.
The Wolfpack have a very tough remaining schedule this year, including 7 different opponents currently ranked in the Top 25. 6 ACC teams are currently ranked in the Top 12 (!). The good news is that wins against quality competition build character and confidence – and can ultimately lead to respect for a program at a University desperate to remain (return to being?) relevant in athletics.
If you live in or close to Raleigh, consider supporting the Wolfpack baseball team this Spring. It may be a longshot, but it appears to be the University’s best chance to field a competitive team in ACC play.
Upcoming games against ranked opponents (as of 3/1/10 USA Today/ESPN poll). Home games in Bold
at #9 Clemson (Friday March 12 – Sunday March 14)
#11 Miami (Friday March 26 – Sunday March 28)
#1 Virginia (Friday April 2 – Sunday April 4)
at #12 unx (Friday April 9 – Sunday April 11)
at #21 ECU (Wednesday April 21)
#7 Ga Tech (Friday April 30 – Sunday May 2)
at #3 FSU (Friday May 14 – Sunday May 16)
Full schedule at Gopack.com.