MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) -- Jose Rodriguez had four hits including a long solo homer and College of Charleston held off North Carolina State 9-6 in the NCAA tournament on Friday night.
Rodriguez hit his 16th homer in the sixth inning, clearing the bleachers in left at BB&T Coastal Field and helping the Cougars (43-17) advance to a matchup with host Coastal Carolina on Saturday night.
North Carolina State (38-23), which played for the Atlantic Coast Conference title last Sunday, will meet Stony Brook in an elimination game.
The Wolfpack trailed 7-0 after five innings, but got as close as 8-6 after Drew Poulk's grand slam in the eighth.
North Carolina State had two on with one out and the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but reliever Owen Brittle got the final two outs for his fourth save.
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