RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State's Tarran Senay scored on a double by Brett Williams in the top of the 17th inning on Sunday night, rallying the Wolfpack to a 5-4 victory over Rice in the longest super regional game in NCAA history.
Senay drove in the run that tied the game in the ninth inning at the Raleigh Super Regional and set the stage for N.C. State (49-14) to make its first College World Series appearance since 1968.
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 just one home run in 62 games this season.
N.C. State starter Logan Jernigan held Rice to two hits over five innings including Stringer's first home run, but just like in Game 1, the Wolfpack struggled to scratch out runs early.
Owls starter Jordan Stephens yielded one earned run in 6 1-3 innings, and N.C. State left 15 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 then scored on Senay's double to tie the game 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.
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.
N.C. State's bullpen held Rice without a hit for 7 1-3 innings after the ninth, and Rice's John Simms gave up just one hit in 6 2-3 innings before the Wolfpack's game-winning rally.