Avent To Miss Louisville Series

NC State baseball coach Elliott Avent will miss the Wolfpack's ACC series at Louisville this weekend after suffering a bite from a copperhead snake on his right ankle Wednesday evening.

NC State baseball coach Elliott Avent will miss the Wolfpack's ACC series at Louisville this weekend after suffering a bite from a copperhead snake on his right ankle Wednesday evening.

Avent was walking his dog Samantha, who he had just rescued from the Curtis & Jacquelyn Dail SPCA in Garner when he was bit. He and Sammi both spent Wednesday night in the hospital and both were released Thursday morning, and are resting at home.

Avent was not cleared to travel with the Wolfpack as they departed for Louisville Thursday afternoon. The 20th-year head coach addressed his team this morning prior to their flight to Louisville.

Avent continues to praise his team for their resiliency, toughness, and commitment to winning for one another as they head to face the No. 2 RPI team in the country, and a team that boasts a 29-1 home mark.

"This team is one of the most focused and determined teams I have coached," said Avent. "I know that they will be able to respond positively to a unique situation this weekend against a very good Louisville baseball team."  

In Avent's absence, Associate Head Coach Chris Hart will be at the helm this weekend.

"We have a tremendous staff, which has done a terrific job in preparing our team for the most difficult schedule we have ever had," he added. "I continue to tip my hat to a group of young men that exemplify what college athletics is about, on and off the field." said Avent.


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