North Carolina State's Carlos Rodon pitched eight shutout innings as the Wolfpack knocked ACC pitcher of the year Kent Emanuel out of the game early in an 8-1 victory in their College World Series opener Sunday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
Rodon (10-2) 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. Three weeks ago he allowed one hit and struck out 14 in 10 innings in a 2-1, 18-inning loss in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
The Wolfpack (50-14) play UCLA, a 2-1 winner over LSU Sunday night, on Tuesday. The Tar Heels (57-11) are one loss from elimination. Emanuel (11-4) failed to get out of the third inning for a second straight start.
Brett Williams, Bryan Adametz and Logan Ratledge had two hits apiece for the Wolfpack.