It was a wild day at the ACC Baseball Tournament in Greensboro. You can follow the tournament online at the ACC’s Championship Website.
NC State was smoked by Georgia Tech Saturday morning, losing 17-5 in what ultimately was meaningless game after the Yellow Jackets lost to Clemson later in the day. The nightcap saw NC State lose a 7-1 lead with 2 outs in the 4th inning only to battle back and beat #25 ranked Virginia Tech by a 10-9 score in 10 innings. (Link)
Pratt Maynard’s RBI single in the 10th inning helped North Carolina State beat Virginia Tech 10-9 and reach the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
In a virtual semifinal that didn’t end until early Sunday, Kyle Wilson started the rally when he was hit by a pitch and was bunted to second. He came around to score on Maynard’s single off Ben Rowen.
Virginia Tech (38-20) put the winning run on base with two outs in the 10th after Jake Buchanan hit two batters.
Grant Sasser entered and got Ronnie Shaban to fly out, ending it at 1:25 a.m. – more than 15 hours after the Wolfpack started their long Saturday by beating Georgia Tech in the completion of Friday night’s suspended game.
N.C. State (38-21) will play Florida State on Sunday for the title.
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Today marks the 4th appearance in the ACC Championship game in 14 years at NC State for Head Coach, Elliot Avent. Avent is yet to produce an ACC Title, a first place regular season finish, or an appearance in the College World Series.
Since Avent took the reigns at NC State, six other Atlantic Coast Conference programs have managed to advance to at least one CWS. Since 1996:
* Miami has attended 8 CWS
* Clemson has attended 4 CWS
* Georgia Tech has attended 2 CWS
* UNC-CH has attended 4 CWS
* Florida State has attended 4 CWS
* Virginia has attended 1 CWS
* Ray Tanner’s South Carolina has attended 3 CWS
The irony that NC State could win our first Championship in one of the Big Four sports (Football, Basketball, Baseball, Women’s Basketball) in our very first attempt after the University and Lee Fowler announced their split would be one of the biggest cherries on top of a pie that I could ever imagine.