A National Seed There For The Taking

Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

NC State isn't new to hosting regionals, and barring a collapse, it will host another this year. That'll make four during Elliott Avent's tenure, and the Pack advanced to the super regional round in each of the prior three cases. Hosting is obviously important. To take that next step to Omaha, though, State needs to earn a national seed, which would give it super-regional hosting privileges as well.

Right now, Baseball America projects NC State to earn one of the eight national seeds. Florida State is right there as well, which makes that series in Raleigh a big one.

And we continue to think the winner of the series between Florida State and N.C. State in Raleigh will determine which team gets a third national seed out of the ACC. We are projecting the Wolfpack to win that May 11-13 series at home.

The Pack steps out of conference this weekend for a three-game set against Presbyterian, but the week that follows could go a long way toward defining the season. First up is Wilmington, which is No. 26 in the RPI and has a win over UNC, and then comes the series against the Seminoles. NC State is one of four schools with at least 14 wins against RPI top-50 teams; as far as hosting a regional goes, the Pack's résumé is plenty good enough already. Now we're in the gravy zone. Will NC State bolster its case for that national seed over the next few weeks or have to settle for being a first-round host that must travel and beat a great team in front of a hostile crowd to get to Omaha?

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