Happy Easter to all!
Easter weekend for me as a young person always meant there were baseball tournaments to be played. With the Wolfpack basketball team’s run through the NCAA tournament, we unfortunately (or fortunately for a change) found ourselves caring about basketball well into the college baseball season.
While many folks weren’t looking, the NC State Baseball team has put itself in position at the halfway mark to put itself in legitimate contention for its own magical tournament run.
Seriously, this team is poised to make the first run to Omaha by a Wolfpack team since Chris Cammack led the 1968 squad to the CWS.
Coach Avent’s 2012 team currently sits at 20-7 overall, 8-3 in conference play. The Pack beat Old Dominion 16-6 in a rain shortened game this week and travels to face Maryland in a three game series beginning tonight and finishing on Easter Sunday. For those of you who live close enough to Raleigh you can listen to the games on the student radio station, 88.1. The rest of you can follow the games via the team’s fantastic Twitter account which gives virtual play-by-play of each game. (@NCStateBaseball)
The Pack is second in the Atlantic Division only behind Florida State which boasts an almost perfect 11-1 conference record.
Freshman pitcher Carlos Rodon has been named the top freshman in the nation at the halfway mark of the season by Baseball America.
While numerous college baseball polls vary wildly, Avent’s team is currently #13 in the country in at least one poll.
In a year that has seen a lot of positive trends in Wolfpack athletics, the baseball team is poised to break a ridiculously long absence from the College World Series. With perhaps the best pitching we’ve ever had and an offense that can score runs when necessary, this could easily be Avent’s best team to date built on several strong recruiting classes in the last few years.
Get it done gentlemen!