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    Pack Walks Off, One Step Closer to Omaha

    June 8, 2013

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    Top Performers: Jake Fincher (2-for-4, R, RBI), Carlos Rodon (8.1 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 K)

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    RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State rallied for a dramatic 4-3 comeback win over Rice in game one of the Raleigh Super Regional on Saturday at Doak Field at Dail Park.

    The Wolfpack (48-14) moved one win closer to Omaha, and pulled to within one victory of tying the program record for wins in a season by jumping ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the first. Rice scored once in the fourth and again in the fifth to even the score, before pulling ahead 3-2 in the top of the ninth. State responded with two runs in the bottom half to walk off with the 4-3 win.

    Jake Fincher sent the game-winning single to left with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, his team-leading eighth hit of the NCAA Tournament. Fincher has reached base at least once in 60 of 62 games this year, and provided a 2-for-4 outing with a run and an RBI. Logan Ratledge pushed the tying run to the plate on a safety squeeze with one out.

    Brett Williams and Jake Armstrong scored the tying and winning runs, respectively. Williams beat a tag at the plate on the squeeze play, finishing the day 1-for-3 with a double, a run, and a ninth-inning leadoff walk.

    Wolfpack starter Carlos Rodon ended up with a no decision after 8 1/3 innings, holding Rice to three earned while giving up a career-high 11 hits. Rodon fanned nine batters to improve to 16-for-17 on striking out at least eight batters in starts this year. Rice's run in the top of the fourth snapped a streak of 26 2/3 innings Rodon had pitched without allowing an earned run.

    Reliever Grant Sasser allowed one hit over 1/3 of an inning. Josh Easley (7-2) retired the only batter he faced, with runners on second and third, to capture the win.

    Rice starter Austin Kubitza left with a no decision after two earned on five hits over the first seven innings, striking out eight. Reliever Zech Lemond (7-2) took the loss, giving up two earned on one hit over the final 1 2/3.

    For only the third time in program history, the Pack needs one win to advance to Omaha. In 2008, the Wolfpack lost game three at Georgia. In 1968, NC State defeated Florida State for the only College World Series berth in school history.

    NC State returns to action on Sunday at 4 p.m. for game two of the Raleigh Super Regional on ESPNU. Radio coverage will be handled by 88.1 WKNC. Fans can also follow along with live stats on, or on Twitter via @NCStateBaseball.



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