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June 5, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. – Tarran Senay drove in five runs in a miraculous 9-7 Wolfpack comeback victory over Vanderbilt to advance to the Gainesville Super Regional, Monday night at Doak Field at Dail Park.
A sold out crowd of 3,018 witnessed the Pack (43-18) rally from a 7-3 eighth-inning deficit to eliminate Vanderbilt (35-28). The two teams played to a 1-1 tie through one inning before State grabbed a 3-1 lead in the top third. Vandy came back with five runs in the bottom half to take control, and added another in the fifth to stretch the lead to four. Then the Wolfpack scored three runs in the eighth, and another three in the ninth to secure the win.
NC State advances to its third NCAA Super Regional since 2003. The Wolfpack advanced from the 2003 Wilson (N.C.) Regional, and the 2008 Raleigh Regional with three-straight wins on both occasions.
Senay didn’t enter the game until the seventh, but made an incredible impression over the next three innings. The junior finished the game 2-for-2 with a three-run homer and five RBIs, chopping the Commodore lead to one in the eight, and supplying the game-winning hit in the ninth.
Reliever Ryan Wilkins (5-2) scored his second win of the weekend, this time on the longest outing of his career, shutting out Vanderbilt for 4 2/3 innings and striking out six.