North Carolina State Knocks Off Top Seed North Carolina 8-1

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

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.


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