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.