Omaha, Nep. – Eleven hours after the North Carolina State College battled out the World Series World Series with issues related to COVID-19, Wolfback found out their season was over.
At 2 a.m. Saturday, the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee announced on Saturday that there would be no match between NC State and Vanderbilt due to Covid-19 protocols, adding the Commodore to the CWS Championship round.
Vanderbilt will face the winner of Saturday night’s closing final match between the states of Texas and Mississippi.
The NCAA said the decision to reject the NC state was based on the recommendation of the Championship Medical Committee and the Douglas County (Nebraska) Department of Health.
“The NCAA and the Committee regret that NC State’s student-athletes and coaching staff could not continue in the championship they were entitled to participate in,” the statement said. “We are unable to provide further details due to privacy issues.”
The Corona virus outbreak has canceled numerous games at college games since March 2020, but on Saturday, three teams were eliminated from the NCAA Championship game due to the Covid-19: the Virginia Commonwealth men’s basketball team, the Rice women’s volleyball team and the Michigan men’s hockey team.
NC State never won the College World Series Championship, but hopes were high after the Wolfgang Super Seats defeated overall seed Arkansas, then won three straight and spent the week in the winner’s brackets. Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbyn also said Wolfe had “some magic with them”.
The magic ended on Friday. Earlier in the day, ESPN’s Ryan McGee said that Wolfback second paceman JD Jared and Bulben ace Evan Justice had left due to issues related to COVID-19. One source described Jarrett as “no longer with the team” and was placed in isolation while Justice was still in Omaha. ESPN first learned of a positive test of Jarrett on Friday morning.
NC State had just 13 players on Friday – nine level players and four pitchers – and 12 of those players lost 3-1 to Vanderbilt, forcing it to be an elimination game on Saturday. Championship round.
Within 24 hours, the NC state season was over.
The current national champion, Vanderbilt, went on to beat NC State twice to advance to the championship round on Sunday. In preparation for the Longhorns or Bulldogs in the finals, the Commodores could rest their two-star pitchers, Jack Leider and Kumar Rocker.