The Wolfpack were forced out of the College World Series this weekend after several players tested positive for the coronavirus. The university reported that an unspecified number of people who tested positive had already been vaccinated.
“We understand the results. Believe me. There is no doubt about the results, ”North Carolina State Chancellor Randy Woodson said on Tuesday. “We understand the severity of eight players who tested positive and the fact that this was the Delta variant, which is super fast emerging in the country as potentially another wave of infection. So we understand. This is worrying. ”NC State was forced to drop out of the College World Series on June 26 as the NCAA declared its clash with Vanderbilt as “without competition.” The Wolfpack and the Commodores shared their first two CWS clashes on June 21 and 25, with the latter game featuring an NC State team with just 13 players.
“This decision was made based on the recommendation of the championship medical team and the Douglas County Department of Health,” the NCAA said in a statement. “As a result, Vanderbilt will advance to the CWS Final. “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. Due to privacy concerns, we cannot provide further details. ”
Vanderbilt enters Tuesday night with a victory of his second straight College World Series title. The Commodores beat Mississippi State 8-2 Monday to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
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