NC State baseball coach bitten by copperhead

(AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – N.C. State head baseball coach Elliott Avent will miss the Wolfpack’s weekend series after he was bitten by a copperhead Wednesday night.

Athletics spokesman Fred Demarest told The Associated Press a copperhead bit Avent on the right ankle outside his home as he pulled his dog away from the snake, which also bit the dog.

Demarest says Avent grabbed a stick to kill the snake, but it broke. He picked up another stick and stunned the snake before using an umbrella from his carport to kill it.

Avent, 60, was treated at a hospital until early Thursday but addressed the team on crutches later in the day. Demarest says the coach’s dog was treated and is OK.

Doctors did not clear Avent to travel this weekend to No. 5 Louisville where the No. 12 Wolfpack plays the Cardinals.

Chris Hart will lead Wolfpack until Avent’s return to the dugout against UNC.

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