North Carolina State played with a limited roster of 14 players on Friday at the College World Series against Vanderbilt because of players’ possible exposure to COVID-19. Despite playing with a limited roster, they managed to put up a fight and lost 3-1 to Vanderbilt. Imagine… the Pack almost beat Vandy’s star player lineup without a full roster. This team was something magical and was well on track to going all the way.
In the middle of the night, NCAA Baseball dropped the following atomic bomb and gave North Carolina State their walking papers:
ESPN reported the following words from NC State Coach Avent about the events that transpired on Friday.
“I don’t want to discuss anything that happened today,” Avent said, “because quite frankly I have no understanding of what happened today.”
“I have no idea what’s going on. Zero. You know as much as I do. OK? It just hasn’t been communicated.”
Avent declined to comment on whether any of his players had tested positive for COVID-19, saying it was “personal information.”
Coach Avent has also yet to comment on NC State’s forced forfeit of Saturday’s game.
Three of NC State’s players have already broken their silence and released statements describing the heartbreak and disappointment in NCAA Baseball.
It should come to no surprise that fans were outraged at the sudden concern for players’ health and the choice of ruling Saturday’s game a no-contest, while the stands were packed with 24,000+ people. Needless to say, it’s a never ending bloodbath on Twitter…