NCAA ousts NC State, sending Vanderbilt to CWS Finals

The College World Series elimination match between North Carolina State and Vanderbilt scheduled for Saturday has been declared without a competition due to COVID-19 protocol issues affecting the Wolfpack.

Vanderbilt qualifies for the College World Series Finals, where he faces the winner of the Texas-Mississippi State game on Saturday.

“This decision was made on the recommendation of the championship medical team and the Douglas County Department of Health,” a statement from the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee read. “The NCAA and the committee regret that NC State student-athletes and coaching staff cannot continue in the championship in which they have been granted the right to compete.”

The start of Friday’s game between the Wolfpack and the Commodores was delayed by about 70 minutes after several players from the state of North Carolina were placed in COVID-19 protocols. Only 13 players were available for the Wolfpack, and they lost 3-1.

“My job is to teach them baseball… I’m not trying to indoctrinate my kids with my values ​​and my opinions,” NC State head coach Elliott Avent said after the game. “They are young men and can make their own decisions. That’s what they did.”

Avent declined to say if any of its players tested positive for COVID-19.

The College World Series best of three final series begins Monday.

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