NC State beats top seed at CWS
OMAHA, Neb. – North Carolina State’s Carlos Rodon pitched eight shutout innings to continue his mastery of North Carolina, and the Wolfpack knocked out ACC pitcher of the year Kent Emanuel early in an 8-1 victory at the College World Series on Sunday.
Rodon held the No. 1 national seed Tar Heels hitless into the fifth inning. He allowed five hits and struck out eight.
It was the sophomore left-hander’s second straight dominating performance against the Tar Heels. The result was more satisfying this time. Three weeks ago, he gave up one hit and struck out 14 in 10 innings but got no decision in a 2-1, 18-inning loss in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
The Wolfpack’s first CWS appearance since 1968 will continue Tuesday when it plays either UCLA, a 2-1 winner over LSU. The Tar Heels (57-11), in Omaha for the sixth time in eight years, are one loss from elimination and will play LSU on Tuesday afternoon.
Brett Williams, Bryan Adametz and Logan Ratledge had two hits apiece for the Wolfpack (50-14), with Ratledge driving in two runs out of the No. 9 hole.
N.C. State and Carolina, whose campuses are 28 miles apart, were meeting for the 285th time in baseball but never on this big a stage.
Rodon opened by walking Chaz Frank on four pitches, then retired 14 straight batters before Brian Holberton singled up the middle on a first-pitch fastball with two out in the fifth inning.
Rodon got help from a defense that turned two double plays. The first one ended the seventh inning. The second came after Holberton singled leading off the eighth.
The Tar Heels broke through in the ninth, with Frank singling leading off and Landon Lassiter following with an RBI double.