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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Brett Williams doubled in Tarran Senay in the top of the 17th inning to help North Carolina State beat Rice 5-4 on Sunday in the longest super regional game in NCAA history.
Senay drove in the run that tied it in the ninth inning and set the stage for NC State (49-14) to make its first College World Series appearance since 1968.
"It's been special these last two days," Senay said. "It doesn't matter how we get the W, as long as we win. It's a great feeling, and we'll see how we do in Omaha."
|NC State's Tarran Senay jumps into the arms of pitcher Ethan Ogburn, right, after the Wolpack downed Rice in 17 innings, the longest super regional in NCAA history.|
Rice (44-20) tied a season high with three home runs. Two were solo shots by Christian Stringer, who homered and hit a go-ahead double in Game 1 and had four of the Owls' six extra-base hits in the series. Before the super regional, Stringer had one home run in 62 games this season.
NC State starter Logan Jernigan held Rice to two hits over five innings, including Stringer's first home run, but just as in Game 1, the Wolfpack struggled to scratch out runs early.
Owls starter Jordan Stephens allowed one earned run in 6 1/3 innings, and NC State left 16 runners on base.
But in the ninth, Game 1 hero Jake Fincher drove in a pair of runs with a double into the right-field corner and scored on Senay's double to tie it at 4.
The Owls left the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth when No. 3 hitter Keenan Cook popped a bunt back to pitcher Grant Sasser to send the game to extra innings.
"The first baseman was almost on the grass," Rice coach Wayne Graham said. "Any kind of bunt to the right side would have scored the run. It didn't exactly go in the right direction."
After that, it was a duel between bullpens. The teams were a combined 0 for 22 at the plate following a 77-minute rain delay in the 12th until Rice's Leon Byrd singled in the 16th.
NC State's bullpen held Rice without a hit for 7 1/3 innings after the ninth, and Rice's John Simms gave up only one hit in 6 2/3 innings before the Wolfpack broke through in the 17th.
"The drama, you only enjoy that when you come out on top," Williams said.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Sam Travis hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning to break open a tie game as the Hoosiers defeated the Seminoles to earn their first trip to the CWS.
Indiana (48-14) is in the NCAA postseason for just the third time and was playing in its first super regional. But the Hoosiers played with plenty of poise on the road, sweeping the Seminoles.
|For the first time ever, Indiana baseball players were able to celebrate a trip to the College World Series. The Hoosiers earned a trip to Omaha, Neb., by beating Florida State on Sunday.|
"This is certainly uncharted territory for us," Indiana coach Tracy Smith said. "We're thrilled, we're happy but we feel like we have a lot of work left to do."
Indiana is the first Big Ten team since Michigan in 1984 to reach the CWS.
Will Coursen-Carr (5-0) pitched four innings of relief for Indiana, allowing just an earned run in the ninth inning.
Indiana scored four runs in the first inning, the 28th time in 62 games that they have pushed at least one run across in the opening frame. Travis had a sacrifice fly, Scott Donley had an RBI double, Michael Basil had an RBI double and Casey Smith had an RBI single.
The magic ran out for Florida State (47-17), which tied the game in the top of the fifth inning when Coursen-Carr hit Casey Smit with the bases loaded. But Indiana responded with Travis' home run and added a run in the seventh and three more runs in the eighth to put the game away.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jeff Thompson surrendered one run in seven strong innings to make two early runs stand up in the Cardinals' victory over the No. 2 overall seed Commodores.
The Big East Conference pitcher of the year struck out nine, allowed three hits and threw 124 pitches. Zak Wasserman and Sutton Whiting drove in runs in the second inning for Louisville (51-12), which set a program record for single-season wins and is going to the CWS for the first time since 2007
"Going into the game I was like, 'We're one win away from going to Omaha,' " left fielder Coco Johnson said. "It hasn't really sunk in yet with me. I'm excited, but later tonight when I'm sleeping in bed it will hit me. And I'll be 10 times happier than I am now."
Vanderbilt (54-12) stranded 11 runners for the second straight game and squandered chances to extend the season in hopes of a second trip to the CWS in three years.
The Commodores set an SEC record with 26 league wins en route to a regular-season championship. They had lost two games in a row just twice all season. Louisville was the first team to defeat Vanderbilt twice.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Jordan Montgomery pitched a four-hit shutout, and the Gamecocks handed the Tar Heels their 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 super regional with the winner going to the CWS.
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.
It was North Carolina's first shutout loss in 96 games dating to last season and its four hits matched a season low. Before Sunday, North Carolina's worst loss was a 10-4 home defeat to No. 6 national seed Virginia on May 16.
Oregon State 12, Kansas State 4
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Michael Conforto and Dylan Davis hit back-to-back home runs in a five-run first inning and Oregon State went on to beat Kansas State to force a decisive third game in the NCAA super regional series.
Oregon State's Tyler Smith and Kavin Keyes each had four hits and Oregon State (49-11) combined for a season high 21 hits. Andrew Moore, the Pac-12's freshman of the year, allowed six hits and three earned runs over eight innings, striking out a season-high nine batters.
The Beavers scored five runs in the first off six straight hits. With two outs, Conforto and Davis blasted back-to-back line-drive solo home runs. Ryan Barnes then added an RBI single to chase Kansas State starter Blake McFadden (6-3), who lasted just 23 pitches and 2/3 of an inning.
The deciding game is Monday at 10 p.m. ET.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The Bulldogs were leading 5-3 and coming to bat six outs from a sweep of the Cavaliers and their first CWS berth since 2007 when heavy rain and lightning came at 10:02 p.m.
The game will resume Monday at 4 p.m. ET, the original scheduled time for a possible Game 3 at Virginia's Davenport Field. A victory would finish off a second straight impressive victory for Mississippi State against the nation's No. 6 seed.
Adam Frazier was again key to the Bulldogs' success. The leadoff man, who had six hits in Saturday's opener with three runs batted in, had two RBI singles, and Wes Rea added a two-run home run while Chad Girodo was dazzling in 4 2/3 innings of relief for the Bulldogs.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.