Tudor says, “State deserved a better fate”…

Posted by Andy Durham on June 7, 2010 at 2:05 pm under College | Comments are off for this article

from Caulton Tudor, long-time writer for the News and Observer, out of Raleigh and this piece is partly from his blog at the Charlotte Observer.com….If you would like to read the entire article from Mr. Tudor then Click Here Now…..

Here is portion of Tudor’s teachings and we had to adjust where necessary, since this piece came out prior to the start of the NCAA Baseball Championships last Friday, and we hope you enjoy what “The Tudor” is bringing to the table today……

If there’s any justice left in the sports world, N.C. State’s baseball team should have caught a few decent breaks when the NCAA tournament began last Friday….

After the weekend’s experience in Greensboro during the ACC postseason event, the Wolfpack definitely should have exhausted its quota of bad luck.

Elliott Avent’s team finished second to Florida State in the ACC Tournament. But that finish came about only after a series of bad calls and bad umpiring was punctuated by a nasty and completely unnecessary collision at home plate that left catcher Chris Schaeffer knocked out of the title game and now out of the playoff games in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Earlier in the weekend, Avent had to bench his best pitcher after one inning when the umpires decided to start a Friday night game against nationally ninth-ranked Georgia Tech even though a line of thunderstorms was virtually at the outfield fences.

The game had to be postponed. When play resumed Saturday, State ace Jake Buchanan had to rest up in order to start later in the day against No. 18 Virginia Tech.

After a grueling 10-9 win over the Hokies, the Pack had to be back at the park a few hours later to face No. 13 Florida State.

With the pitching staff depleted, State eventually lost the game 8-3 after an ump called a phantom balk and Seminoles base-runner James Ramsey ran through Schaeffer, who clearly wasn’t going to get possession of the ball in time to apply a tag.

By the time State first baseman Harold Riggins was handed the most valuable player award, Avent was probably concerned that the trophy itself was a booby trap.

Avent, who started coaching in 1981 as an assistant at N.C. Wesleyan, called the collision his most frightening on-field moment ever.

To read and stay with today’s lesson from Mr. Tudor, Click Here and when you click on it will also take you to the general area of Caulton Tudor’s blogging at the Charlotte Observer on-line……


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