North Carolina is making its 10th appearance at the CWS (last in 2011) … The Tar Heels own a 15-20 all-time record at the CWS and have advanced to the final series twice (2006 and 2007) … Their 10 appearances are the 13th most in NCAA history … UNC is making its sixth CWS appearance in the last eight years.
NC State is making just its second CWS appearance and first since 1968 where they own a 3-2 record.
This was the first meeting between UNC and NCSU in any sport in NCAA tournament since 1994 (women's soccer).
Visiting teams in the CWS are 16-16 all-time at TDAPO.
NC State's win marked the first time since 2008 that the visiting team won the first three games of the CWS … During the 2008 CWS, Stanford, Georgia and Fresno State won their opening games as the visiting team … North Carolina was the lone home team to pick up the opening round win over LSU.
NC State is making its second CWS appearance and its first since 1968…The 45-year hiatus is tied for the second longest break between CWS appearances in NCAA history with Notre Dame (1957-2002) and behind Oregon State with 53 years (1952-2005).
The Wolfpack's 17-inning 5-4 Raleigh Super Regional-clinching victory over Rice was the longest Super Regional game in history and fourth longest in postseason history.
Entering the CWS, NC State was among five CWS teams that were 5-0 in NCAA Tournament play this season (Indiana, LSU, Louisville, and UCLA).
NC State joins only Louisville and UCLA in having teams play in a bowl game, reach the NCAA men's basketball tournament and advance to the CWS.
Sophomores Trea Turner and Carlos Rodon will join the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team for the second consecutive year.
Trea Turner notched his 28th stolen base of the season (34 attempts)…Turner is 4-4 in stolen bases this postseason.
With a single to left field in the first inning, Tarran Senay improved his hit streak to eight games.
Carlos Rodon went 4 2/3 innings without giving up a hit, tying the previous record set by Arizona's Konner Wade vs. UCLA on June 17, 2012 in a CWS game at TD Ameritrade Park.
After walking the leadoff batter (Frank) to start the game, Rodon retired 14 straight Tar Heels with six strikeouts before surrendering UNC's first base hit in the fifth inning (Holberton single).
With a base hit to rightfield in the sixth inning, Trea Turner improved his hit streak to eight games.
Grant Clyde was hit-by-pitch three times, tying a CWS single-game record and setting a record in TD Ameritrade Park (others: Kurt Suzuki of Cal State Fullerton June 15, 2003 and Taylor Holiday of UC Irvine June 18, 2007 were also hit-by-pitch three times in one game at Rosenblatt).
Tarran Senay drove in his 10th RBI of the NCAA postseason during the first inning on a single to leftfield to score Trea Turner for the first run of the game.
NC State's eight runs are the most it has ever scored in a CWS game ... Its previous high was seven runs in 1968 against Southern Illinois in a 7-6 victory.
Rodon is now 2-0 in the NCAA Tournament ... He owns a 1.37 ERA, allowing four runs (all earned), 18 hits, four walks and has struck out 27 in 26.1 innings.
Rodon finished his third complete game of the season ... His previous two complete games were on June 1 in a 1-0 shutout against William and Mary and on April 20 in a 6-2 win against Georgia Tech.
Every NC State batter collected a hit but Jake Fincher ... Fincher had reached base in the last 61 of 64 games ... Before today, the last time Fincher did not reach base was on April 14, 2013 against Boston College ... The last time he was 0-4 was on May 24 against Miami.
Today marks the third-straight game that NC State's defense did not commit an error.
The Wolfpack are now 8-1 in postseason play (ACC Championship and NCAA Tournament), outscoring its opponents 46-16.