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.
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