Updated: Pack wins 7-6. NC State now sitting at #5 in this updated RPI Rating.
NC State (23-11, 10-7) is hosting East Carolina (26-9, 2nd place in Conference USA) tonight @ 6:30 pm in Doak Stadium. There might be a few tickets remaining only available to WPC members. If you are interested in going, then call 919-865-1510. It will be a packed house tonight at Doak with much of the stadium filled with purple and gold.
This represents a huge game for the two schools battling to host a regional and possibly even a super-regional. The Pack won 4-3 a few weeks ago in Greenville. Current projections have the Wolfpack and Pirates neck and neck for hosting this year. In fact, SEBaseball.com has these two teams projected as the #1 and #2 seed in the Greenville Regional:
Host: East Carolina
1. East Carolina (CUSA at large)
4. Canisius (MAAC Automatic)
2. NC State (ACC at large)
3. Auburn (SEC at large)
While both teams have been hovering just in or out of most top 25s, ECU and NC State are #6 and #9 respectively in this particular RPI.
After going the better part of a month without winning a weekend series and struggling offensively, even against midweek opponents, NC State currently is 23-11 and on a hot streak. The Wolfpack has won nine of its last 11 games, taking five of its last six weekend games (vs. Wake Forest and Duke), and winning three of four games vs. ranked teams. NC State now has a 6-6 record vs. ranked teams this season entering the game vs. East Carolina .
Check here later for live stats. Also, the Wolfpack radio crew will be broadcasting live on WKNC-FM 88.1. You can get a live radio feed from their website for most games if you cannot pick up the feed locally.
This year is a real opportunity for Coach Elliot Avent. With football and basketball having stumbled in recent years by not making the post-season, Coach Avent just might have the best program of the three major sports right now.