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NC State baseball is living on the NCAA tournament bubble as it heads down the stretch

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Time to make a run, team. Actually, make many runs, if possible.

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NC State’s overall record (20-17) does not exactly scream “NCAA tournament team” at you, but the Wolfpack has the good fortune of playing in a good league, and it has a decent record (6-9) against the RPI top 50. It’s enough to have State among Baseball America’s “last four in,” at least as of this time last week. But I’m guessing dropping two of three at UNC didn’t alter much.

See, kids, this season isn’t a disaster! [laughs nervously while tugging at collar]

And now State’s schedule gets a whole, whole lot easier: the league slate ends with series against Boston College (12-22), Virginia Tech (19-20), Pittsburgh (16-17), and Clemson (30-7). Of the 19 games left on the regular season schedule, only seven are against teams that currently have a winning record.

This is a great opportunity to both solidify a tournament slot and build some confidence heading into late May. It would also help a lot of State beat ECU during this stretch, as the Pirates are also on the bubble.

The flip side here is that there are very few forgiving losses for the resume. Those days are pretty much over. Clemson is the only opponent remaining that is in the RPI top 50, while Pitt and ECU are the only others in the top 100.