For the second time in his college career, West York High School graduate Brett Kinneman will take part in the NCAA baseball tournament.
A sophomore on the North Carolina State baseball team, Kinneman played a big part in helping the Wolfpack secure an at-large bid into the 2017 NCAA tournament, earning a No. 3 seed in the Lexington Regional during Sunday's selection show. N.C. State will be in a group with host (and No. 1 seed) Kentucky, No. 2 Indiana and No. 4 Ohio University.
This is the third consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament for the Wolfpack, 15th in the last 20 seasons and 29th overall in program history.
After entering the year ranked in the preseason polls, a slow start made a NCAA tournament bid look unlikely for N.C. State. However, after winning 14 of their final 17 games, the Wolfpack earned the at-large bid and look poised to be a tough out.
Part of that has to do with Kinneman's strong sophomore campaign. He's currently sixth on the team in hitting with a .281 average, but ranks second on the team with nine home runs and has driven in 39 runs, good for fourth on the team. In this past week's ACC tournament, Kinneman drove in four runs, which included a three-run home run in N.C. State's 6-1 first-round win over Boston College.
The Wolfpack will get their NCAA tournament started Friday night at 7 with a game against the Hoosiers. The winner of that game will go on to face the winner of the other contest between the Wildcats and Bobcats on Saturday, while the two losers will play in an elimination game on Saturday.
There are 16 regionals, with the winners of each advancing to the Super Regionals. The Super Regionals will consist of eight, best-of-three series, where the eight winning teams will advance to Omaha, Nebraska, for the College World Series.