NC State Baseball Coach Given 3-Game Suspension

RALIEGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina State baseball coach Elliott Avent has been suspended for three games for making physical contact with an umpire.

University officials announced Tuesday that the Atlantic Coast Conference notified the school of the suspension.

The incident happened Sunday in the bottom of the sixth inning of a 6-4 loss at Virginia Tech. Avent was ejected for tossing a catcher's mask toward the N.C. State dugout.

Following that, there was physical contact between Avent and home plate umpire David Pritchett -- which carries an automatic three-game suspension that can't be appealed.

Avent was to miss games against UNC Greensboro on Tuesday, and at Florida State on Thursday and Friday.

In a statement issued by the school, Avent says he accepts the suspension.

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