Wolfpack forces Bulldogs to a Game 3

ATHENS - Jeremy Synan hopes Georgia pitchers continue to struggle with their control.

The Bulldogs allowed a season-high nine walks, five of which led to runs for North Carolina State.

'Leadoff walks usually mean that you are going to score, and we did today,' Synan said. 'They certainly helped us out a ton today.'

Synan was one of four N.C. State hitters with two RBIs, helping the Wolfpack avoid elimination with a 10-6 NCAA Super Regional victory over Georgia on Saturday. The two teams will play the decisive game at 4 p.m. today.

N.C. State, seeking its second College World Series appearance and first since 1968, used a four-run seventh inning to take a 10-3 lead that proved too much for the Bulldogs, who saw a five-game winning streak snapped, to overcome.

The winner of the best-of-three series advances to face the Arizona-Miami winner next week in the College World Series at Omaha, Neb.

'We just have to play like we have all season,' Wolfpack designated hitter Russell Wilson said. 'We have to step up, make plays and realize that it could all end tomorrow, but we battled back and showed great effort.'

Synan, Wilson and Tommy Foschi had RBI singles that gave the Wolfpack a 4-1 lead in the third.

Georgia, which won the Southeastern Conference regular season title, is attempting to make the College World Series' field of eight teams for the third time in five years. The Bulldogs are 15-0 in NCAA elimination games at Foley Field, 4-0 this year.

'It definitely helps that we've been here before,' shortstop Gordon Beckham said. 'We have our backs against the wall, just like last week, but I'm pretty sure we're going to give the effort we need to get back to Omaha.'

Bulldogs starter Nathan Moreau (4-3) pitched just 2 2/3 innings, giving up four runs, five hits, two walks and striking out two.