June 11, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - NC State All-American shortstop Chris Diaz issued an apology Monday for his actions at the conclusion of the Wolfpack’s 9-8 loss to Florida in extra innings.
“I regret my actions from the end of Sunday’s game,” said Diaz. “The emotions of the moment overwhelmed me, and unfortunately I acted in a way that was unsportsmanlike. I have tried throughout my career to be a leader for this team and university, and don’t want these actions to reflect poorly on NC State. I understand that the umpires and the NCAA officials have a difficult job to do, and I would like to apologize for the way I reacted in an emotional situation.”
Diaz argued a called strike three that signaled the final out of Sunday’s game, ending the Pack’s season in the Gainesville Super Regional.
“[Chris] has exhibited outstanding character both on and off the field during his career at NC State, and it’s unfortunate that his outburst on Sunday has left a negative impression,” said NC State head coach Elliott Avent. “He understands that the way he acted is not tolerated by our coaching staff or the administration of our university, and he’s sincerely apologized to me and our administrator since the incident. I have spoken with the umpires, they understand the situation and accepted his apology.
Emotions have the ability to cloud the judgement of anyone, especially true competitors like Chris. My only hope is that our fans, our university, and the NCAA will accept his heartfelt apology.”