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Wolfpack headed to College World Series after 17-inning classic

RALEIGH It took 17 innings, and more than 7 hours, but N.C. State is going to the College World Series.

Senior center fielder Brett Williams drove in Tarran Senay in the 17th inning to lift N.C. State to a 5-4 win over Rice and clinch a spot in Omaha, Neb. for the Wolfpack for the first time since 1968.

N.C. State (49-14) needed another ninth-inning rally and nine pitchers, but it out-lasted the Owls in a classic college baseball game.

Fincher's hit gives Pack dramatic 4-3 win

RALEIGH Wayne Graham, with almost 1,000 wins at Rice, knows what a win looks like.

With a one-run lead in the ninth, and his best relief pitcher on the mound, the Owls coach thought Saturday's Super Regional game at N.C. State looked like another winner.

"We had the game," the veteran Rice coach said.

Rice had it right up until N.C. State walked off with it. Jake Fincher's clutch single and Brett Williams' hustle gave the Wolfpack a 4-3 win over Rice and moved N.C. State to within one win of the College World Series.

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