With a little help from our Panther friends, State’s game against UNC Friday, is 100000% about pride.
Pitt beat the Tar Heels 5-3 on Tuesday. Thus, with a win against State, Pitt would win the pool and move onto the semis. A State win would mean, at the very least, all Pool C teams would be at 1-1 and therefore advance due to best record and ranking. So a win on Thursday night against Pitt and State baseball advances. (Regardless of scenario of UNC/Pitt game, State had to just win 3 games…but having Pitt first actually helps from a pitching perspective. Roll with Reid and just put anyone on the mound if you win. *Crosses fingers so tightly they break*).
We knew that UNC was in a rough spot on the road. Tar Heels have now only won 6 out of 21 road/neutral games. Pitt meanwhile, still didn’t look like the better team, but thanks to wild pitch scoring a run and advancing another runner to third, followed by a sac fly, that’s all they needed to beat UNC.
NC State will most likely face Matt Gilbertson on Thursday. Last time they met, he was a ND giving up 5 runs in 6 innings on the way to a State win 9-7. Oh and this happened…
T4 | TATER TATUM!
NCSU 4, PITT 3 pic.twitter.com/LtmHEctN8C
— #Pack9 ⚾️ (@NCStateBaseball) May 15, 2021