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June 9, 2013
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.
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.
Ethan Ogburn (5-3) captured the win on five shutout innings after a 77-minute rain delay. Reliever Chris Overmanpitched 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.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The second game of the 2013 NCAA Charlottesville Super Regional at Davenport Field was suspended Sunday evening because of inclement weather. Virginia's game with Mississippi State was delayed in the bottom of the seventh inning with MSU holding a 5-3 lead.
The game will resume at 4 p.m. Monday and will be televised by ESPN2 or ESPNU. UVa's Kyle Crockett had an 0-2 count in the bottom of the seventh with none out while facing Hunter Renfroe. MSU leads the series, 1-0.
Tickets purchased for the super regional games are only valid for the originally ticketed session. There are no ticket refunds or exchanges as the normal rain policy is not in effect for postseason play. Fans who attended the UVa-Mississippi State game Sunday should bring their ticket stubs to the gate for re-entry.
WINA 1070-AM in Charlottesville will join select stations along the Virginia Sports Radio Network with live radio coverage of the UVa games, while the audio also will be streamed online via a Cavaliers Live subscription at VirginiaSports.com. Live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Jordan Montgomery pitched a four-hit shutout Sunday, leading South Carolina past North Carolina 8-0 in the NCAA super regionals for the Tar Heels' most lopsided loss this year.
Joey Pankake drove in two runs during a five-run second inning for the Gamecocks (43-19), who forced a decisive game Monday in the best-of-3 series with the winner going to the College World Series.
The Tar Heels (56-10) won Saturday's opener 6-5 on an RBI single in the ninth, putting them within a win of returning to Omaha, Neb., for the sixth time in eight seasons.
But the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament got a short outing from a starting pitcher and fell behind early for the second straight day.
Landon Lassiter had two hits for the Tar Heels, who will be the home team in Monday's deciding game three.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State's 2013 season met its end Sunday with an 11-6 loss to Indiana in the second game of the Tallahassee Super Regional.
A win at Dick Howser Stadium would have set up a decisive Monday matchup between the two schools in which FSU (47-17) could have potentially earned a 22nd trip to the College World Series. Instead, the Hoosiers (48-14), who are in the midst of the best season in program history, are headed to Omaha for the first time.
Indiana is the first Big Ten Conference team to reach the College World Series since 1984.
In his final appearance in Tallahassee, Scott Sitz took the loss for the Seminoles. Sitz (10-2) tossed 4 1/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, which was the most he had given up all year. Relievers Jameis Winston, Robby Coles and Gage Smith combined to allow three earned runs.
Casey Smit came on as a pinch hitter for John Sansone and registered a team-high two RBIs. Josh Delph, DJ Stewart, Jose Brizuela and Brett Knief each had one RBI for the Seminoles.