NC State ousted from College World Series over COVID-19 concerns; Vanderbilt advances to the final

NC State was withdrawn from the College World Series early Saturday due to the team’s COVID-19 concerns.

The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee announced the decision, which was made on the recommendation of local health officials in Omaha, NB, about 12 hours before the Wolfpack faced off against the champion in title Vanderbilt for a place in this year’s final. This match was declared without competition and Vanderbilt was declared the winner of its category.

The Commodores face either Mississippi State or Texas in Game 1 of the Best of Three Finals on Monday.

“This decision was made based on the recommendation of the Championship Medical Team and the Douglas County Department of Health,” the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee announced on Twitter at 2:10 a.m. ET Saturday. The NCAA said it could not provide further details, citing “privacy concerns.”

NC State’s active roster was reduced to 13 ahead of its Friday game against Vandy after the players were put into health and safety protocols. The Wolfpack has chosen not to forfeit; they played and lost to Kumar Rocker and the Commodores 3-1. The result set up a win-win second leg on Saturday, until health officials intervened.

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