NC State Wolfpack knocked out No. 1 Arkansas Razorbacks to Homer Jose Torres in 9th, move to CWS


NC freshman Jose Torres hit a shot that went around the world of baseball college on Sunday, taking away probable Arkansas Golden Spikes winner Kevin Kopps, leading from the ninth inning, while Wolfpack stunned first-placed and top-ranked Razorbacks 3-2 for the acquisition. places in the College World Series.

Torres ’explosion came after Arkansas tied the score 2-2 at the bottom of seventh on Cayden Wallace’s double solo homer.

Kopps, the leader of the biggest award for university baseball, entered the game with a 0.66 ERA and a 12-0 record with 11 saves; this season he allowed only six runs in 80⅓ innings. On Sunday, he surrendered three runs with seven goals in eight innings, knocking out nine.

This is the 21st consecutive NCAA tournament in which the No. 1 holder will not win a national title. This is the eighth time since the tournament switched to its current format in 1999 that the main seed has failed to enter the CWS.

Arkansas (50-13) spent most of the season consensus no. 1 at the polls and has not lost the best of three series since May 2019.

But NC State, 35-18, who lost 21-2 on Friday, maintained a strong Razorbacks foul as they won two consecutive one-way games at Fayetteville, Arkansas. Two pitchers kept Hogs up to four goals in a 6-5 win on Saturday, and three pitchers combined to limit them again to four goals on Sunday.

Torres hosted all three games for Wolfpack, who opened 1-8 in the Atlantic Coast Conference game and 4-9 overall. They entered the finals of the ACC tournament and were the 2nd seed in the region in Ruston, Louisiana, where they swept three games 30-11.

“They’re a really good group of players and committed to each other,” NC state coach Elliott Avent said. “They’ve been together and have been living together for four years, and when you live together, you go to classes together, you study and do all the social things together, you become connected.

“They believed early on when we were 1-8 years old that we could recover, and they stuck to it.”

He also locked the CWS berth in Tennessee (50-16) on Sunday, finishing LSU in two games with a 15-6 win. Volunteers will be heading to Omaha, Nebraska, for the first time since 2005.

Texas (47-15) also advanced to the CWS with a 12-4 victory over South Florida. It is the 37th CWS berth in the history of Longhorns and is the first program since 2018.

Arizona (45-16) had 20 goals to win over Mississippi 16-3, bringing the Wildcats to the CWS for the first time since 2016, for the 18th time in total.

Vanderbilt and Stanford were the first teams to seek seats at CWS, closing super regional reviews on Saturday.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.


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