RALEIGH _ A prominent baseball regular-season finale series lost some of its edge Tuesday when N.C. State coach Elliott Avent was suspended from participation in the Wolfpack’s games at Florida State on Thursday and Friday.
The veteran coach was also suspended from the Pack’s final home game on Tuesday against UNC Greensboro.
He will be allowed coach the team on Saturday in the last regular-season game. FSU (41-11, 22-5) is ranked No. 1 national by Baseball America and State is ranked No. 13.
The reprimand was announced by the ACC after events that took place Sunday in State’s 6-4 loss at Virginia Tech.
Avent was ejected by home plate umpire David Pritchett after disputing a call in the sixth inning.
The loss ended a 12-game win streak for the Pack, which took a 36-18 record (18-9 ACC) into Tuesday’s 6 p.m. non-conference game against UNC-G (24-24, 9-18 Southern Conference) at Doak Field.
“I accept the suspension,” said Avent in a news release by the school. “Our team has displayed character and consistency throughout this season and I am confident that this will not be a distraction from our goal of winning a championship. I look forward to being back in the dugout Saturday at Florida State.”
Avent, 56, is the winningest coach in Pack history _ 592-352 at the school and 817-565 overall.
He got the State job in 1997 and was voted national coach of the year in 2003, when his team finished 45-18.