Because to COVID regulations, NC State is ousted from the Men's College World Series; Vanderbilt goes to the finals. The NCAA confirmed early Saturday morning that the NC State baseball team will not compete in the 2021 Men's College World Series due to COVID-19 standards. As a consequence, Vanderbilt will proceed to the CWS championship game. This is the first time in history that an event of this nature has been canceled because of health concerns related to the coronavirus.
The decision was made after consulting with public health officials and following recommendations from the CDC and other national organizations that have issued guidelines regarding appropriate actions individuals should take during this ongoing situation. In addition to NC State being ousted from the tournament, no other teams were removed from this year's event. The NCAA announced late Friday night that all remaining games of the season will be played despite the ongoing pandemic. There are plans to determine whether any of these games could be used toward postseason awards but for now they're just being played to finish out the season.
NC State has been one of eight schools participating in the men's tournament. The Wolfpack was scheduled to play Nebraska on Saturday afternoon at Dail Park in Raleigh before the series was halted due to the outbreak. A statement released by NC State said that the school "will work with the league on next steps moving forward."
Vanderbilt won the title in 2019, while the College World Series was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. COVID-19 was once again an issue in the NCAA baseball postseason this year, thanks to fears about an epidemic in North Carolina. The tournament's top seed, Virginia, had its season ended by injuries before it reached the series.
The cancellation of the CWS is the second time in three years that the tournament has been wiped out because of concerns about the coronavirus. In 2020, it was canceled because of fears about an epidemic in North Carolina. This year's event was also canceled because of injuries to players at two other schools in the NCAA tournament.
Both times, the tournament was canceled before any games had been played. Last year, it was decided before the first game was completed that there would be no further playoffs in 2009. This year's event was canceled after five rounds of action had been completed. No champion was determined until later when Florida State defeated Georgia Tech in a best-of-three series to claim its third national title in four seasons.
Here are the locations of this year's CWS: Oklahoma City, Okla. ; Omaha, Neb.
The 64-team double-elimination tournament concluded with the 2015 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, which began on June 13 and ended on June 24, with the Virginia Cavaliers defeating the defending champion Vanderbilt Commodores 4-2 in the decisive Game 3 and avenging their previous year's CWS Finals loss to Vanderbilt.
In 2016, the event was moved to June 9-18 to avoid conflicting with the NFL Draft. It will return to its traditional date of June 13-24 in 2017.
The first College World Series was held in 1950 at what is now known as Roosevelt Stadium in New York City. The event was created by the NCAA to find a replacement for the popular but potentially illegal baseball game known as "bracket ball." The first season saw eight teams compete in a single-elimination format with the winner going straight to the World Series. In 1951, the number of participants was increased to 32 and the format changed to a double-elimination system. From 1952-1955, the event remained at eight teams but was divided into two four-team groups who competed against each other in a round-robin style schedule. In 1956, the event returned to its current size of 64 teams and has remained at that number since then.
In 1957, the NCAA introduced its modern version of the World Series called the Baseball Championship Series or BCS.
They've only missed it once since 2004. Vanderbilt hasn't just lifted its baseball standards; it's become the norm for an entire sport that seems like it's entering unknown territory. The Commodores are a prime example of how far sports can evolve when the best players in the world decide to call one place home.
In 1877, James Van Der Beek was born in Holland Center, New York. He went on to play first base for Vanderbilt from 1955-1957 and was named an All-American during his time there. In 1963, Bill Mazeroski died at the age of 39 after fighting cancer for nearly a year. He is considered by many to be the greatest hitter in Vanderbilt history. In 1969, Pete Rose played center field for Vanderbilt and was later banned from baseball for life for gambling on games he played in. In 2007, David Price became the first Vandy pitcher to win the National League MVP Award when he was chosen by his peers. Price went on to win the Golden Spikes Award as well as the Cy Young Award after leading the league with 23 wins.
Vanderbilt has had more than its share of success over the years. From 1900-1969, the Commodores won more than 500 games while claiming 14 conference titles and the final three NCAA Championships.