Wolves in Omaha


On a night when it seemed that both Mother Nature and #NCStateSh!t might have other ideas, Wolfpack Baseball (49-14) would scratch and claw for everything it got and persevere.  Eventually, after 17 innings and a 77 minute rain delay, the Pack would find a way to get it done as they have so often this season.

More than 7 hours after it began the Pack would top the Rice Owls by a final score of 5-4 to win the Raleigh Super Regional and advance to the College World Series in Omaha for the first time since 1968.

State found themselves in an early hole when Rice’s Christian Stringer jerked a solo HR in the 1st inning to give the Owls a 1-0 advantage.  Stringer would then add another solo shot in 6th, his 3rd of the series, to double the Owl lead.

A Jake Fincher RBI in the top of the 7th would cut the lead in half, but when Rice’s Michael Aquino blasted his own solo HR out to left in the bottom of the 7th, and then the Owls gave the Pack a taste of their own medicine by squeezing home another in the 8th to extend their lead to 4-1, it looked as if the Pack’s Omaha fortunes might rest on the results of a possible Monday rubber match.

But down to their last three outs and needing at least three runs, the Pack went to work.

A Jake Fincher RBI double would plate one run for the Pack, and another would score when the Owls’ Michael Ratteree misplayed the ball in right field.  Two batters later Tarran Senay would get his own RBI double to right to knot the score at 4 and force extra innings.

And then, as if anyone was surprised, the two teams would begin a marathon.

Both teams had their chances to score in the extra frames but each time it seemed fate snuffed them out.  A weather delay would then interrupt the 12th inning, and when the game resumed 77 minutes later it seemed that both teams had settled in for the duration.

Wolfpack reliever Chris Overman would return to the hill for the Pack after the rain delay and pick up where he left off snuffing out a would be Owls’ rally by inducing a double play.  Then Ethan Obgurn would come on for the Pack in the 13th and turn in perhaps the best performance of his career.

Holding the Owls scoreless the rest of the way, Ogburn was able to give the Pack hitters time to figure out Owls’ pitcher John Simms, which they finally did after the Rice hurler had tossed 7 innings of relief work.

Senay would lead off the 17th inning with a single thru the right side, and Brett Williams followed two batters later with a double.  Another Owls’ error in right would score Senay on the play, giving the Pack a 5-4 edge.

But give the Owls credit.  They had absolutely no intentions of going quietly in their half of the 17th.  They would get the potential winning run aboard with the potential tying run as far as third base with the night’s big stick, Christian Stringer, coming to bat to face Obgurn.

But on this night Ogburn’s big overhand curve was working well for him and his ability to mix velocity and location kept the Owls’ batters off balance.  Stringer would do no more than lift a weak fly ball the other way to left field, which Bryan Adametz would haul in easily for the final out to preserve the 5-4 win and send the Pack to Omaha.

Ogburn would go 5.0 innings scattering 3 hits and giving up no runs to earn the win (5-3).  He struck out 6 and walked no one on the night.

Jake Fincher was 2 for 7 on the night with a double and 2 RBIs, while Tarran Senay would also post a 2 for 7 effort with a double and an RBI of his own.  Trea Turner had a three hit night as did Brett Williams, while Jake Armstrong and Logan Ratledge would each hit safely twice on the night.


NC State Advances to College World Series (GoPack.com)

Box Score

Senay’s run in 17th inning sends NC State to CWS for first time since 1968 (NCAA.com)

N.C. State Wolfpack is back in College World Series, first time since ’68, with 17-inning win (CharlotteObserver.com)

NC State wins in record fashion (ESPN.com)

NC State tops Rice 5-4 in 17 inings, advances to College World Series (WRALSportsFan.com)

The Wolfpack now moves on to the College World Series for the first time in 45 years, which gets underway this Saturday, June 15th in Omaha.  The Pack awaits the results of Monday night’s game three in Chapel Hill between the Heels and the ‘Cocks to find out who its first round opponent will be.

Way to go Wolfpack!!!  We are all VERY PROUD!!!  Now, go get some rest and get ready to burn Omaha to the ground.

About Wufpacker

A 2nd generation alumnus and raised since birth to be irrationally dedicated to all things NC State. Class of '88 and '92.


73 Responses to Wolves in Omaha

  1. tjfoose1 06/10/2013 at 6:22 PM #

    “There is no way the NCAA would leave them out if it came to that.”

    Wanna bet?

  2. tjfoose1 06/10/2013 at 6:24 PM #

    “As far as the Rice dugout, I told my wife they sounded like a little league team getting ready to go to Pennsylvania instead of a college team headed to Nebraska.”

    And the only place they are going is home.

  3. Pack78 06/10/2013 at 6:36 PM #

    At most we will see only three of the original eight top seeds make it to Omaha…and possibly only one (#4 LSU) if Oregon State and u*nx lose their deciding Game 3’s.

  4. JeremyH 06/10/2013 at 6:37 PM #

    I’m normally just a basketball and football guy, but it was a lot of fun watching the weekend games. We have some seriously good pitching and some clutch hitting. Not used to seeing close ones go our way.

  5. JeremyH 06/10/2013 at 6:43 PM #

    “Per NCAA guidelines, Tuesday is available as a make-up day should a game be washed out Monday. If the game is still unplayable on Tuesday, the NCAA baseball committee will select one of the two teams to advance to Omaha. The NCAA is hopeful that it will not come to that this week”

    Would they flip a coin or pick their favorite?

    By the way, which is the better matchup for state? I’m going to (South) Carolina is based on the seeding of UNC-CH.

  6. wolffpride 06/10/2013 at 7:07 PM #

    We are crushing it in Football recruiting right now. Got a sleeper center and stole Gibson from Clemson. Good signs…

  7. TheCOWDOG 06/10/2013 at 7:19 PM #

    ^ What the hell?

  8. Tuffy2 06/10/2013 at 7:42 PM #

    “By the way, which is the better matchup for state?”

    There can be great reasons why we would match-up with either team. I feel unc is struggling a bit plus with Rodon on the mound I have to believe we give him better support this time by not swinging for the fences.

    No matter who our opponent is in Omaha we will have to control our emotions. The sooner we do this the better chance we will have. I know this team has a maturity level that seems to handle pressure which is a great thing and one that will be needed.

  9. BJD95 06/10/2013 at 7:48 PM #

    I can tip my cap if the Chickens beat us. Not the holes. So SC is the better matchup.

    Plus, I want to be the only ACC representative. Like seeing the Pack in select company like that.

    At worst, they will delay tomorrow’s game a bit further to let the field dry out. No way will they be unable to play.

    I get back into town Wednesday for the first mid-90s day. Hooray for me.

  10. MrPlywood 06/10/2013 at 7:52 PM #

    In the event that they can’t play Tuesday, the committee would send uNX for sure. I’m pulling for the Cocks (pun intended) because I like to see uNX lose to anyone, but it’s always better when State beats them so either opponent is fine by me.

    Regarding another related matter, I’d like to see the phrase #NCStateShit retired. There’s a new mindset on campus, things are looking up across the board, and I say that the posts here should follow suit. Shit happens, and I have no issue with calling out those responsible when things go awry, but I think it’s time to move on from that particular mindset.


  11. primacyone 06/10/2013 at 8:03 PM #


    Why would the Tampa Bay Rays play in a dome?


  12. Pack78 06/10/2013 at 8:11 PM #

    Tuffy-IIRC in virtually every recent Rodon start, we have been facing the opposing ace as well…makes the offense harder to come by. Hoping for the Cocks as the Omaha opposition.

  13. Pack Mentality 06/10/2013 at 8:49 PM #

    Wufpacker, thanks for your all of your baseball posts recently. I am normally just a basketball and football viewer, but I watched both games this weekend. The team looked great and I am very excited about the CWS.

    The forums are a very depressing turn of events. They had been on life support for a while and seem to be fully gone now. The worst time for the Chinese invasion to hit was at the end of basketball season. Maybe somehow they can be brought to life again before football season.

  14. 13OT 06/10/2013 at 10:02 PM #

    I heard that South Carolina won the toss and will be the home team in Tuesday’s game. This will not hurt the Chickens’ chances.

    We were denied a State-Carolina matchup in the Final Four in ’83 when the favored Heels, I believe, lost to UGA in the East Regional Finals. Maybe history will repeat tomorrow.

  15. Wufpacker 06/10/2013 at 10:21 PM #

    ^ Yep. Same year the JMU cheerleader took the charge from the Heels’ Jimmy Braddock IIRC (and I do).

    Amazing that my brain can remember that useless crap, but I can’t remember to buy AA batteries while I’m out to save my life.

  16. choppack1 06/10/2013 at 10:51 PM #

    Lost in all of this is that we are undefeated in the NCAA’s… fantastic job by the squad. Hopefully our offense will not be so uh eager to score until their backs are against wall. I can’t believe we won like that… twice.

  17. old13 06/11/2013 at 12:11 AM #

    Brett Austin tweet from this morning:

    RT @brettaustin_3 To all of those that are concerned.. Don’t worry I’m saving all these hits for Omaha! #omaha

  18. 4in12 06/11/2013 at 12:14 AM #

    Our next game is Sunday (not Saturday) @ 3:00PM. Happy Father’s Day!

  19. RabidWolf 06/11/2013 at 5:29 AM #

    “Now, which team do you think the NCAA would select? (this is not a difficult question to answer).”

    Personally, I think the smart and fair thing to do would be to select the team based on aggregate score.

  20. RabidWolf 06/11/2013 at 5:36 AM #

    Or maybe the team with the fewest number of athletic and academic scandals moves on….just so the NCAA could salvage a LITTLE bit of face.

  21. PackerInRussia 06/11/2013 at 6:40 AM #

    ^ If the NCAA even acted like they cared about what’s going on in Chapel Hill, then maybe. But, since they don’t, I don’t see why they’d use this opportunity to dole out any punishment. I don’t see how the Tar Heels would NOT be the team picked based on being the #1 team in the land. Sure, #1 doesn’t mean anything when you’re deciding it on the field, but when you’re not deciding it on the field, I’d guess you’d take higher ranked team and they’d probably have a justified gripe if they weren’t picked. Not that I’d shed any tears.

  22. CaptainCraptacular 06/11/2013 at 7:43 AM #

    Foose I don’t want to bet. The argument for the higher national seed is a strong one. I do think the NCAA would never ever hear the end of it from everyone else in the country if they left out the cocks though.

    So it appears our half of the bracket end up getting pushed to the Sunday start times due to the delay in CH. I assumed our side of the bracket was going to get Saturday starts due to having scheduled the starts of the supers a day early. I also was always of the opinion the Saturday start teams would have an advantage in the championship series due to a (probable) extra day of rest.

  23. CaptainCraptacular 06/11/2013 at 9:52 AM #

    The thing about being the number one seed is that the gamecocks have gone through the number one or number two seed for 3 years running to get to the championship series. Last year they whipped the gators who were #1. They’ve proven it on the field.

    For this reason I think I’d rather face UNC in Omaha in the first game. They aren’t playing as well as they were earlier. Rodon one-hit them through 10 and beat them in Raleigh also. South Carolina conversely would have a mountain of experience and confidence to draw on, knowing for certain they can get it done.

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