Vanderbilt rallies past NC State in NCAAs

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Tony Kemp had a walk-off RBI single to help Vanderbilt beat North Carolina State 9-8 on Saturday night in the NCAA tournament’s Raleigh Regional.

The second-seeded Commodores (35-26) trailed 6-1 and 8-3 before scoring six runs in the final two innings to stun the top-seeded and host Wolfpack (40-18).

N.C. State appeared in control after Ryan Mathews’ two-run homer in the eighth, but Vanderbilt scored five in the bottom of the inning to tie it.

Then Kemp singled to center field against reliever Chris Overman to score Connor Castellano from third base in the ninth.

N.C. State starter Carlos Rodon allowed five hits and three runs in 6 2-3 innings, while Vanderbilt starter Sam Selman allowed six hits and four runs in 5 1-3 innings.

Vanderbilt is a win away from reaching the super regionals, while N.C. State faces UNC Wilmington in an elimination game Sunday afternoon.