NC State's Avent says Wolfpack missed out on opportunities for Georgia Tech
NC State coach Elliott Avent talks about Wolfpack's loss to Georgia Tech in the semi-finals of the ACC Baseball Championship in Durham, NC, Saturday 25th. May, 2019.
NC coach Elliott Avent talks about Wolfpack's loss to Georgia Tech in the semi-finals of the ACC Baseball Championship in Durham, N.C., Saturday, May 25, 2019.
The door was open to N.C. State to win its first ACC title for 27 years. Georgia Tech hit it right in Wolfpack's face.
Michael Guldberg's three round home runs scored a 9-2 Yellow Jackets & # 39; win Friday night in the semi-finals of the ACC tournament.
With top seed Louisville out and annual power Florida State safely back in Tallahassee, the third seeded Wolfpack (42-17) had a real chance to finish its conference title drought dating back to 1992.
But an exciting pool game win over nemesis Wake Forest are all NC states will have to show for the week in Durham. Georgia Tech (41-16) is facing North Carolina (41-17) in the Sunday (dinner, ESPN2) championship game at DBAP.
"We didn't do our job tonight and we paid for it" NC State coach Elliott Avent said.
The giant jackets that won the Coastal Division crumbled 11 hits and looked as if they would have looked right in the old American league west in the 1990s. They got a home run from an expected source in the second inning. First baseman Tristin English hit his 17th season to the opposite field for a 1-0 lead.
An RBI triple from catcher Patrick Bailey tied the game to 1 in the third to Wolfpack. Then Guldberg gave the unexpected power to the jackets in the fifth.
The 6-foot, 168-pound sophomore drew a three-run shot over the famous Bull in the left field. Guldberg did not have a home run this season before Saturday. He hit last two season. In particular, all three of his career have been of the three-run variety.
"The ball is flying tonight," Avent said. "It was absolutely flying."
It was for Georgia Tech. The massive Baron Radcliff (6-4, 228 pounds) added a two-run double to a five-round eighth inning for Jackets.
N.C. The state bats were silent for the second night. After the dramatic 6-5 comeback won over Wake Forest on Thursday, NC State had a hit and was closed by FSU on Friday.
First baseman Evan Edwards had a double in the eighth, but Wolfpack's three best hiters fought against Georgia Tech's pitchers. Reliever Jonathan Hughes (8-2) was particularly effective, allowing only two hits and one running over five innings. Edwards, Bailey and shortstop Will Wilson were combined 3 to 14.
"We hung in there and tried, but they beat better than we hit," says Avent.
N.C. The state's lineup is top-heavy and is not built for manufacturing runs from the bottom of the order. It was obvious when Lawson McArthur, who was brilliant, struck out with two runners to finish the eighth inning. It was still a 4-1 game at that time, and then the jackets racked five rounds at the bottom of the inning.
So there is Georgia Tech and UNC on Sunday for the title while N.C. State will await the fate of its NCAA tournament. NC State Conference championship drought in football, basketball and baseball – the only Power 5 team without one in the 2000s – continues for another year.
After losing the last two games here in Durham with a combined score of 20-3, Avent said his team should find their way to the NCAA tournament.
"If we do not play the game better than we played tonight and do the little things – big things, we are fine – the little things if we do not get better at it, you will not move on in a region, "Avent says.