If baseball was football on Friday night, the Arkansas Razorbacks would have beaten North Carolina by scoring three touchdowns and providing a safety, but that 21-2 win in the first game of the NCAA Super Regionals in 2021 wasn’t enough to make it happen To get the Razorbacks to # 1 in the College World Series, they needed another win.
NC State Wolfpack prevailed with a run on Saturday and a winner-take-all on Sunday, with NC State aiming for a single win, 3-2, over the Hogs in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Arkansas was the # 1 team in the country, # 1 overall in the tournament; perhaps the most complete team in the tournament, and an unaffordable favorite to get to the CWS Finals in a couple of weeks. Instead, they’re ready for the season and the Wolfpack is moving to Omaha next weekend.
NC State’s streak win is perhaps one of the greatest accomplishments in the school’s track and field history; and that says a lot. More known as the basketball school, the Wolfpack baseball team, better known as the basketball school, gets upset about the University of Houston at the 1983 Albuquerque national championship game for consecutive weeks in hostile areas in the Central Time Zone and defeated the nationally-ranked Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and then the once formidable Razorbacks.
NC State is now advancing into the College World Series, where they will face 9-seeded Stanford on Saturday. Stanford took to the streets and swept No. 8 Texas Tech that weekend, with the likely number 4-seeded winner waiting for that winner Vanderbilt, the defending champion.
The North Carolina State University baseball team pretty much mirrors the Wolfpack men’s basketball team that won the 1983 NCAA championship, so first of all, they had nothing to do with participating in the tournament, just like this Wolfpack hoops team.
Then they made a surprise; then they made an even bigger surprise.
The Wolfpack baseball team this postseason is still a long way from achieving what the 1983 basketball team did, but they are becoming a fateful team that’s already doing the improbable – just like coach Jim Valvano’s team before nearly 40 Years.
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North Carolina State and Tennessee secured places in the College World Series on Sunday
Two days after losing his NCAA superregional opener by 19 runs, Jose Torres scored a tiebreaker home run in the top of the ninth inning ahead of SEC Pitcher of the Year Kevin Kopps and NC State beat the Razorbacks 3-2 in the deciding game 3.
Tennessee ended a LSU two-game sweep 15-6, with Virginia defeating Dallas Baptist 4-0 and Notre Dame defeating Mississippi State 9-1 to force the crucial third games on Monday.
No. 4 Vanderbilt and No. 9 Stanford were the first teams to take places in the CWS, finishing Super Regional Sweeps on Saturday.
This is the 21st consecutive NCAA tournament that the No. 1 seeder will not win the national title, and the eighth time since the tournament moved into its current format in 1999 that the top seeder has not won the CWS did it.
Arkansas (51-13) was the consensus number 1 team in the polls for most of the season, and it hadn’t lost a best-of-three series since May 2019.
But NC State (35-18), who lost 21-2 on Friday, held down the Razorbacks’ strong offense while winning two straight games in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with two pitchers holding the Hogs on a 6-5- Victory to four hits on Saturday, and three pitchers combined them to narrow it down to four hits again on Sunday.
Torres homered in all three games for the Wolfpack, which opened 1-8 at the Atlantic Coast Conference.Tekk.tv news