Not to mention, which lucky/good club wins it all (see Coastal Carolina 2016). That said, it wasn't supposed to end this quickly (first weekend?!?!) for BOTH UNC and NC State.
Eliminated in the wee hours of the morning, the Wolfpack lost in a third consecutive regional final. It's actually five consecutive RF losses if you include the first crack against TCU in 2015, falling at home to Coastal in '16, and both dropped in Lexington to the Wildcats.
But let's not get technical. NC State had been one of the hottest teams in the country.
Walking nine, hitting two and allowing four errors proved to be too many mistakes to overcome against a powerful hitting team like Kentucky.
As for the Tar Heels, they started the tournament as the NCAA's No. 2 national seed.
They won all 10 ACC series during the regular season, a school record.
Then immediately lost two out of two vs. Davidson!?!?
Go figure. That just isn't supposed to happen. Much less to the Wildcats, who waited 115 years to even play in the NCAA baseball tournament, never mind knocking the Tar Heels off on their own field.
Carolina had a magical season ... well, regular season. Freshman pitcher Josh Hiatt was unhittable before Memorial Day weekend. Suddenly, he morphed into a human and just that quickly the baseball season around here transforms to the offseason.