Mark Chapman watched the Jackie Robinson stealing home clip as a kid and said, "I’d uh banged him out." Chapman nixed Trea Turner’s shot at having a steal of home join the pantheon of Pack history in the opening round of the ACC tournament. State would lose to rival UNC by that one run.
Here is a video of the sequence that most of us will say effectively ended N.C. State’s baseball season.
The Pack had loaded the bases with nobody out that inning, the fifth, and they failed to score. In the eighth, they got runners on second and third with no outs and, again, failed to score.
It looks like Turner is in under the tag from that admittedly inconclusive angle, but, regardless, he sure as shit should have been driven in long before he decided to pull the old Little League delayed steal of home. Time and time again Pack batters failed to even put the ball in play in RBI spots.
Obscured in the flailing effort in the clutch at the plate – State was 1-for-8 with five Ks with a runner on third – was a fantastic job from the much-maligned Pack pen. Five relievers – Cody Beckman, Brad Stone, John Olczak, Will Gilbert, and Cory Wilder – combined for 5.1 shutout innings to keep the Pack in the game after Eric Peterson coughed up four runs in lasting just 2.2 innings.
Now, the Pack awaits the decision of the NCAA selection committee. Elliott Avent said he believed State was in with a win today, which suggests that Avent believed his team to be out with a loss. He’s likely to be proved right about that.