Stetson Rallies, Walks Off With Win

NC State built a 5-0 lead through three innings, but could not hold on as Stetson rallies for an 8-7 walk-off win. Stetson will meet the winner of the South Carolina/Georgia Southern game at 7:00 Saturday night. NC State will meet the loser at 1:00 Saturday afternoon.

It looked like NC State was going to walk away with its first-round NCAA Tournament game against Stetson, building a 5-0 lead through the first three innings.

Then it all went away.

Mark Jones delivered a three-run bomb in the fourth to bring the Hatters within 5-3, then Mitchell Brennan delivered a game-tying two-run homerun in a four-win fifth that gave Stetson a 7-5 lead.

NC State would tie the game at 7-7 on a Danny Canela bomb in the seventh inning and the game would remain that way until the bottom of the ninth.

After Robert Crews struck out to begin the inning, Ben Carhart laced one through the right side of the infield. Carhart would advance to second on a wild pitch. Facing a full count, Nick Rickles grounded one through the left side of the infield and right fielder John Gianis misplayed the ball, allowing Carhart to score and give the Hatters the 8-7 win.

NC State got on the board in the opening inning. After Brett Williams led off the game with a single and advanced to second on a pickoff attempt that bounced off the glove of Hatters first baseman Ryan Lashley. Williams would score on a two-out single by Canela to give the Pack an early 1-0 lead.

NC State would score four more in the third. Williams, who went 3-for-4, again got the rally going with a leadoff single. He would advance to second on a Pratt Maynard groundout and score on yet another two-out Canela single to give the Pack a 2-0 lead. Harold Wiggins followed with a two-run bomb to center to give the Pack a 4-0 lead. Cameron Conner would single and advance to third on a double by Gianis. Conner would score on a wild pitch for the fifth Wolfpack run.

NC State outhit Stetson 14-13. Jake Boyd got the win in relief for Stetson, pitching the final three innings. Chris Overman came in the ninth for NC State to pick up the loss.

Stetson will face the winner of the South Carolina/Georgia Southern game tomorrow night at 7:00, while NC State will face the loser in an elimination game at 1:00. First pitch for the South Carolina/Georgia Southern game is scheduled for 7:00.

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