NC State is 23-5 this season and 9-3 in the ACC, it has a top-20 RPI, and it is in first place in the Atlantic Division. The Wolfpack hasn’t lost a conference series yet and has to its credit an impressive three-game sweep at Clemson. All of this has the Pack well-positioned for the NCAA tournament at this point.
D1Baseball.com’s mid-season tournament projection has the Wolfpack as the No. 6 overall seed, which is an extremely ideal scenario. As a top-eight seed, NC State would host a regional and would be locked in as a super regional host if it advanced. All of which is to say that the Wolfpack wouldn’t have to leave Raleigh to punch a ticket to the College World Series.
NC State had the luxury of playing at home in both the regional and super-regional rounds in 2013, when Carlos Rodon, Trea Turner, and company led the Pack to Omaha. Playing at home helps a lot.
But the Wolfpack has a lot of work left in order to solidify its standing as a top-eight seed, beginning with this weekend in Louisville. Three of the next four series NC State plays will be against likely NCAA teams, and two of those three will be on the road. State’s in a great position—its task this month is to not screw that up.