Game blog: UNC eliminates NC State from CWS with 7-0 win
Posted June 20, 2013
Omaha, Neb. — FINAL: UNC 7, NC State 0: North Carolina got 8.1 shutout innings from starter Hobbs Johnson and three RBIs from shortstop Michael Russell Thursday night as they eliminated North Carolina State from the College World Series with a 7-0 victory. The Tar Heels advance to play UCLA Friday night at 8 p.m.
Mid 9: UNC 7, NC State 0: UNC added an insurance run in the 9th as Colin Moran singled home Parks Jordan and the Tar Heels take a 7-0 lead to the bottom of the 9th.
Hobbs Johnson trots back out to try and finish things off. He enters the 9th on 120 pitches.
End 8: UNC 6, NC State 0: Hobbs Johnson is through 8 innings with a 3-hit shutout and the Tar Heels lead NC State 6-0 headed to the 9th.
Johnson has struckout 6 batters while walking three and is nearing 120 pitches.
Mid 8: UNC 6: NC State 0: After two walks and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases for UNC, Michael Russell delivered a 2-run single up the middle off of NC State reliever Ryan Wilkins and UNC opened up a 4-0 lead.
The next batter, Mike Zolk, drove a double down the right field line off of DJ Thomas, scoring two more runs and the lead stands at 6-0.
Russell has driven in three of the Heels' four runs tonight.
End 7: UNC 2, NC State 0: Hobbs Johnson retired NC State in order again, making it 10 hitters in a row. The Tar Heels lead the Wolfpack 2-0 after 7 complete in Omaha.
Mid 7: UNC 2, NC State 0: Brad Stone retires UNC in order for the second consecutive inning, but at stretch time, the Tar Heels continue to lead, 2-0.
End 6: UNC 2, NC State 0: Hobbs Johnson is cruising along for UNC and has retired seven NC State batters in a row. The game heads to the 7th, 2-0 UNC leads.
Johnson has allowed just two hits and walked two through six scoreless innings.
Mid 6: UNC 2, NC State 0: Brad Stone entered the game for NC State to start the sixth inning and sat the UNC hitters down 1-2-3. The Tar Heels still lead 2-0, however, as the game moves to the bottom of the sixth.
End 5: UNC 2, NC State 0: NC State went down in order in the fifth. It is the second time in five innings they have done so.
Mid 5: UNC 2, NC State 0: Colin Moran drove in Parks Jordan with a single to center and UNC has taken a 2-0 lead in the 5th.
For Moran, it was his 90th RBI of the season.
End 4: UNC 1, NC State 0: NC State got two singles in the fourth but stranded both men on base as Jake Armstrong was called out on strikes to end the inning. After four, the Tar Heels lead, 1-0. Slideshow: UNC, NC State meet in CWS elimination game
Mid 4: UNC 1, NC State 0: UNC tallied first as Brian Holberton slid around a Brett Austin tag on a sacrifice fly by Michael Russell. The Tar Heels plated just the one run despite loading the bases with no outs.
End 3: UNC 0, NC State 0: Trea Turner reached, stole second and got to third, but was stranded as Hobbs Johnson got Brett Austin to fly out and the game moves to the fourth, scoreless
Mid 3: UNC 0, NC State 0: Carlos Rodon adds to his strikeout total in the 3rd and is already up to six on the night. The Tar Heels and Wolfpack remain scoreless.
End 2: UNC 0, NC State 0: Again matching frames, NC State went down in order in the second and the game moves to the third, scoreless.
Rodon enters the third having thrown 36 pitches. He is said to be on an 80-pitch limit.
Mid 2: UNC 0, NC State 0: The Tar Heels went down in order in the second with a strikeout and two groundouts. The game is scoreless after three half-frames.
End 1: UNC 0, NC State 0: Hobbs Johnson matched Carlos Rodon's inning and also struck out the side after allowing a couple baserunners. The game moves to the second, scoreless.
Mid 1: UNC 0, NC State 0: Carlos Rodon gave up a leadoff single to Chaz Frank single, then struck out the side, stranding Frank in the process, and the game is scoreless scoreless after a half inning of play in Omaha.
PREGAME: North Carolina State will turn to Carlos Rodon Thursday to get the ball on just four days rest after throwing 108 pitches against North Carolina on Sunday. The sophomore is 2-0 in five career starts against the Tar Heels, surrendering just three runs.
North Carolina will counter with junior left-hander Hobbs Johnson. He is 4-1 with a 2.62 ERA on the season in 16 starts.