A series victory over Clemson helped to solidify an at-large NCAA tournament bid for NC State, which has been riding the bubble for a long time. Taking care of BC on Tuesday and avoiding a bad loss in the process removed any shadow of a doubt. NC State is in the NCAAs, the question is just where it will be seeded.
Both Baseball America and D1Baseball have moved the Wolfpack up to a No. 2 seed, and both have the Pack landing in No. 1 national seed Oregon State’s regional. Basically that means State is perceived as the weakest of the 16 2-seeds, and actually it would probably be beneficial to be a 3-seed in a weaker host’s regional.
But I am not about to start complaining if this is how it works out; after that Boston College series I was pretty sure the season was over. I’ll take whatever place in the tournament we get.
The important thing here, really, is that the Wolfpack doesn’t need to sweat at this point. Both projections have State seeded ahead of at least 10 other at-large teams, and NC State would not be hurt significantly by losing to UNC on Friday.