Fall Report: NC State

Fall Report

RALEIGH, N.C. — Two years in a row, NC State made it all the way to the threshold of a trip to super regionals, only to watch as TCU stormed back from behind to beat the Wolfpack in extra innings in 2015, and eventual national champion Coastal Carolina came from behind to knock them out in 2016. You can be sure the 2017 Wolfpack will be unusually hungry to break down that door, and its roster is loaded with talented, experienced players capable of making a very deep postseason run.

Sure, NC State has some questions to answer, but it also has a very deep supply of potential solutions, with plenty of quality veterans supplemented by a strong freshman class that ranked as the 25th-best in the nation in our recent recruiting class rankings.

“I liked our team all fall and I still do. But sometimes the fall can be a tough thing to measure,” said Elliott Avent, who is entering his 21st year as NC State’s head coach. “But I like our ballclub a lot. There were certain things that I wasn’t sure about. You’re never sure how the pitching’s going to work. I think trying to develop a pitching staff is one of the hardest things to do.”

The good news is that NC State has all kinds of options on the mound. The key will be trying to figure out how the pieces fit together.


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