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    NC State Advances to College World Series

    June 10, 2013

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    Top Performers: Tarran Senay (2-for-7, R, RBI, BB, 2B), Ethan Ogburn (5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K)

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    RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State advanced to its first College World Series since 1968 by winning the longest super regional game in history, 5-4, in 17 innings over Rice on Sunday at Doak Field at Dail Park.

    The Wolfpack (49-14) tied the school record for most wins in a season, but they had to do it with a riveting three-run ninth to force extra innings. Rice (44-20) took a 1-0 lead with a solo homer in the bottom of the first, and extended it to 2-0 with another in the sixth. A third solo home run made the score 3-1 through seven after the Pack's first run of the game in the top half.

    The Owls padded that lead to 4-1 in the eighth, before State rallied with three runs in the ninth to knot the score. Both teams stayed scoreless through the next seven innings before the Pack scored the winning run in the top of the 17th.

    The game was the longest ever in the super regional round, a format that started in 1999, and the fourth-longest in NCAA postseason history.

    NC State centerfielder Brett Williams finished 3-for-7 with a run-scoring double in the top of the final inning. Tarran Senay scored on that play due to a fielding error in right field, part of his 2-for-7 outing with an RBI and a double.

    Trea Turner went 3-for-8 with a run. Jake Fincher improved to 61-for-63 on reaching base at least once in games this season. Jake Armstrong and Logan Ratledge each had two hits and a run scored. Bryan Adametz and Grant Clyde finished the game with one hit apiece.

    Ethan Ogburn (5-3) captured the win on five shutout innings after a 77-minute rain delay. Reliever Chris Overman pitched 2 2/3 innings before the delay, and induced a line-drive double play from the first batter after the delay, before handing the ball to Ogburn. Ogburn proceeded to mow down the first nine batters he faced, in order, and finished by retiring 14 of 17 with six strikeouts.

    Wolfpack starter Logan Jernigan worked the first five innings, holding the Owls to one earned run on two hits, retiring 12 of the 15 he faced after giving up a solo homer in the first. State utilized six more pitchers on the evening: D.J. Thomas, Andrew Woeck, Will Gilbert, Dillon Frye, Ryan Wilkins, and Grant Sasser, who combined to hold Rice to three earned runs while striking out four.

    Rice starter Jordan Stephens took a no-decision on one earned run from eight hits over the first 6 1/3 innings. Zech Lemond returned to the mound after pitching Saturday and allowed three earned over three innings. Probable Monday starter John Simms (8-4) ended up with the loss after 7 2/3 innings of relief, surrendering one earned run on three hits with eight strikeouts.

    Trailing 4-1 entering the top of the ninth, NC State rallied for three runs to force extra innings. Armstrong led off the inning after being hit by the first pitch he saw. Ratledge beat out the relay on a double-play ball to leave one runner on with one away. Turner singled up the middle to put runners on first and second. Fincher followed with a full-count double down the right field line to score Ratledge easily, and Turner on an error by the right fielder. Fincher took third on the fielding mishap.

    A groundout to first left Fincher stranded 90 feet away with two down. Senay rose to the occasion by ripping an RBI double down the right field line to tie the score 3-3.

    Neither team crossed home plate until the Wolfpack scored the winning run in the top of the 17th. Senay singled through the right side to lead off the inning. A popped-up bunt left him at first with one away. Williams sprayed a double to right center that the right fielder overran. The error allowed Senay to score on the play to grant the Pack a 5-4 advantage.

    The bottom of the 17th had its own share of drama. Rice's Michael Aquino, who homered earlier in the game, singled through the left side as the leadoff man. A called strike three and a groundout to short represented the first two outs, but advanced Aquino into scoring position. Ford Stainback singled on a 1-2 pitch with a chopper over the mound to put runners on the corners. NC State head coach Elliott Avent visited the mound, but elected to leave Ogburn in the game. Ogburn responded by getting the next batter to fly out to left, securing the win.

    NC State travels to Omaha for the College World Series, beginning Saturday, June 15. Tickets for the College World Series will go on sale Monday morning at the NC State Ticket Office or by calling 919-865-1510. For travel packages visit



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