NC State earned a top-five finish in the final top-25 polls from both Baseball America and D1Baseball, and I’m gonna go ahead and assume that this is the highest finish that one of Elliott Avent’s teams has ever had.
Seeing as how this is also as far as any of his teams have gotten in the NCAA tournament and is, still, the only team other than Mississippi State not to get eliminated on the field in Omaha. /sheds single tear
MSU, Vanderbilt, and Texas finished ahead of NC State, in that order, in both polls. Arkansas was fifth.
Obviously we’d have liked to see a lot of things turn out differently at the end, but everybody on the team should be proud about battling back from that terrible start to the season to finish as one of the country’s very best. The talent was always there, but sticking it out through those tough spots mentally is the hard part, and they did that. Great team, great year.