Dallas Poulk homered and drove in two runs for the top-seeded Wolfpack (40-20), who remained perfect in regional play and advanced to the championship round. They did so by beating former coach and N.C. State alumnus Ray Tanner, the veteran Gamecocks coach who was playing his old team for the first time.
DeAngelo Mack homered for No. 2 seed South Carolina (39-22), which falls into an elimination game against fourth-seeded James Madison. The Dukes rallied from an eight-run deficit to eliminate No. 3 seed Charlotte, 13-12..
Kyle Rutter (3-1) entered in the seventh for N.C. State and worked 1q innings for the victory.
Nick Godwin, a senior from North Augusta, started for South Carolina and allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits in 5q innings. He struck out five an walked one.
Trailing 3-2, the Gamecocks scored twice in the sixth to go up 4-3.
Phil Disher, a senior from Aiken, scored on a throwing error by Tommy Foschi and Andrew Crisp followed with a run-scoring single to score Mack.
The Wolfpack tied it in the bottom of that inning when Jones scored on a wild pitch by Brandon Todd.