GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Ryan Mathews walked with the bases loaded in the ninth inning to force in the winning run and lift North Carolina State past Miami 3-2 on Wednesday in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball championship.
The third-seeded Wolfpack (39-15) trailed 2-1 when they loaded the bases with one out in the ninth. Brett Austin scored the tying run on Chris Diaz's chopper to third, and Diaz was safe when first baseman Esteban Tresgallo dropped the throw.
Reliever E.J. Encinosa then walked Mathews on five pitches to score Logan Ratledge from third.
Jake Fincher had a run-scoring groundout in the sixth for the Wolfpack.
That came after Chantz Mack hit a two-run home run in the sixth to provide all the offense for the sixth-seeded Hurricanes (34-20).