OMAHA BOUND! #Pack9 Tops Arkansas, Advances To College World Series
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – NC State baseball is headed back to the College World Series for the first time since 2013 and its third time in program history, thanks to its 3-2 win over No. 1 Arkansas, on Sunday evening in a winner-take-all game at Baum-Walker Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark.
(J.T. Jarrett, Cameron Cotter, and Josh Pike, from Northern Guilford High School, home of the Nighthawks, headed to Omaha.)
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After suffering a 21-2 loss in game one then evening the series with a 6-5 win in game two, the Wolfpack gutted out the win over the number one overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.
NC State improves to 35-18 and heads to Omaha next week while the Razorbacks end their season with a 50-13 record.
Charlie Welch’s two-out double brought in the first run of the game in the second inning, but Jonny Butler’s two-run home run in the third pulled the Pack ahead 2-1.
After three scoreless innings, Cayden Wallace knotted the game at two when he sent a solo shot over the left field wall in the seventh.
In the ninth, Jose Torres hit the heroic game-winning run when he sent a leadoff homer over the left field wall.
The Wolfpack trio of Matt Willadsen, Chris Villaman and Evan Justice (5-2) combined to allow just four hits and one earned run to score.
More information to come on next week’s College World Series, check for updates on GoPack.com.