Did the ACC baseball tournament format influence decisions made by NC State's Elliott Avent?
Thursday’s game in the ACC baseball tournament didn’t have any effect on N.C. State’s chances to advance.
That’s good for the third-seeded Wolfpack. Virginia got seven-plus strong innings from starter Derek Casey to hand N.C. State a 4-2 loss.
The Wolfpack (40-15) knew before Thursday’s game that it only needed to beat Florida State on Friday to advance to the semifinals. Not that N.C. State treated it like a meaningless game.
"We went out there and tried to win," N.C. State coach Elliott Avent said. "I don't think you ever play a meaningless game."
The Wolfpack led 2-0 after a home run from freshman catcher Patrick Bailey in the second inning and an RBI single by senior Josh McLain in the third.
The Cavaliers, who lost to FSU on Tuesday, scored a pair of runs, on two hits, in the third inning to tie the game. UVA then took a 3-2 lead in the fourth on an unearned run after a throwing error by N.C. State second baseman J.T. Jarrett.
N.C. State had its best chance to win the game in the top of the eighth. Down 3-2 with runners on second and third, Brett Kinneman struck out against Virginia reliever Bennett Sousa.
Under the tournament setup, the top seeded team in each pool advances if all three teams finish with a 1-1 record in pool play.
Virginia already is done at 1-1. FSU (1-0) and N.C. State (0-1) are scheduled to play at 7 p.m. on Friday night.
The Wolfpack and Seminoles played a three-game series last weekend with FSU winning the first two games and N.C. State taking the last one.