RALEIGH, N.C. – Using the same recipe its has throughout the 2013 campaign, the William and Mary baseball team received an exceptional pitching performance backed by strong defense and timely hitting to downed No. 23-ranked Ole Miss for the second time in three days, 4-1, in the Sunday elimination game of the Raleigh Regional. With its second NCAA Tournament victory, W&M extends it program-best mark to 39-23, while the Rebels finish the season at 38-24.
The Tribe will face No. 7-ranked N.C. State, who downed W&M 1-0 on Saturday night, in the Raleigh Regional Final later on this evening at 6 p.m. The Green and Gold will need to defeat the Wolfpack twice to advance to Super Regional play, while N.C. State needs just one win to advance. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live audio and stats with Kris Sears on the call. Additionally, fans can watch the live broadcast on ESPN3.com.
Senior right-hander Brett Koehler turned in an outstanding complete-game effort, scattering seven hits and surrendering just an unearned run over his 98 pitches. It was his third complete game of the season and the 11th overall for the Tribe pitching staff. Koehler struck out five Rebel batters, while lowering his ERA to 3.77.
NC State 9 William and Mary 2
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State advanced to its second consecutive Super Regional and fourth since 2003 with a 9-2 win over William & Mary on Sunday at Doak Field at Dail Park.
The Wolfpack (47-14) wasted no time in cranking up the offense, as the regional’s Most Outstanding Player Tarran Senay smashed a three-run homer over the right field fence in the bottom of the first. State extended its lead to 6-0 with three more runs in the sixth. The Tribe (39-24) chopped that lead to 6-2 with runs in the seventh and eighth, but the Pack pulled away with three in the bottom of the eighth to set the final margin at 9-2.
The Pack has advanced to the Super Regional round in each of the three times it has hosted a region championship game at Doak Field at Dail Park. Sunday’s win improved the Wolfpack’s record to 10-1 in its three hosting gigs since the 2003 renovation.