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‘Several’ NC State players in COVID protocol, to miss CWS game Friday

Jun 21, 2021; Omaha, Nebraska, USA;  NC State Wolfpack second baseman J.T. Jarrett (15) tags out Vanderbilt Commodores left fielder Javier Vaz (2) at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 21, 2021; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; NC State Wolfpack second baseman J.T. Jarrett (15) tags out Vanderbilt Commodores left fielder Javier Vaz (2) at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina State said “several” players have been placed in COVID-19 protocols and will miss the Wolfpack’s scheduled game Friday against Vanderbilt in the College World Series.

The start time of the game was delayed by about 70 minutes as officials worked to determine just how many Wolfpack players could be affected.

“NC State, the NCAA and appropriate parties are working together to monitor the situation,” a statement from NC State read.

ESPN reported that starting second baseman J.T. Jarrett tested positive for COVID-19, and identified reliever Evan Justice as one player placed into quarantine. Neither player took part in pregame warmups at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.

NC State did not release the names of the players impacted or just how many players would be out for the game.

NC State, Vanderbilt, Texas and Mississippi State are the four teams remaining in the College World Series. A win against Vanderbilt would put the Wolfpack into the finals, which begin Monday. A loss would send the Wolfpack to a must-win game against the Commodores on Saturday in the double-elimination tournament.

On the season, Jarrett has played in all 55 games, hitting .251 with 11 doubles, one home run and 23 RBIs. Justice, who earned saves in NC State’s two wins so far in the World Series, is 5-2 with a 3.77 ERA in 2021. He has 13 saves in all and has struck out 74 batters in 59 2/3 innings.

The 2020 NCAA baseball season was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

–Field Level Media