At this point, nothing that happens at a NCAA Tournament game in Raleigh can be considered weird.
After waiting over two hours for its game to begin due to an extra inning contest and weather warnings, NC State had its game versus Coastal Carolina suspended at 12:31 Sunday morning after rain and lightning caused tournament officials to delay the game.
The Wolfpack was trailing two-seed Coastal Carolina, 3-0, with one out in the top of the ninth inning when the game was suspended.
Play will resume at 12:30 p.m. and once the contest is completed the loser will face Navy, who eliminated St. Mary’s in extra innings earlier in the afternoon. The game will begin 55 minutes after the final pitch of the matchup between NC State and Coastal Carolina has been completed.
For the Wolfpack, the delay was a respite from some terrific pitching by the Chanticleers.
Coastal Carolina starter Alex Cunningham and closer Mike Morrison combined to stifle NC State. The duo allowed only four hits and two walks while striking out nine over eight innings of work.
NC State left seven runners on base and batted 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
Should Coastal Carolina hold on it would be only the second loss for the Wolfpack in a home regional game. The loser will be the visiting team against Navy in Sunday’s second game.