Rodon dominates in complete-game, 1-0 win
Posted June 1, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Coming into the night, experts expected a pitching duel and that is exactly how things played between NC State and William & Mary in the winner's bracket game of the 2013 NCAA Baseball Raleigh Regional.
The Pack survived as Wolfpack ace Carlos Rodon's complete game, 2-hit shutout powered the Wolfpack through to the regional championship game defeating William & Mary 1-0. The Pack await the winner of an elimination contest between Ole Miss and William & Mary in tomorrow's regional championship round.
Rodon was sharp early on, throwing only 17 pitches in the first 2 innings, and striking out 3 in that span. He finished the game with 10 strikeouts, only allowing the two hits, and a single Tribe runner to even reach third base.
Rodon's defense once again helped him out in several key spots, “It’s a pretty big thing for our team. I’ve just been building confidence along the way and my defense backed me up. The defense has been bailing me out.”
Ten strikeouts on the night put Rodon in some lofty company in NC State pitching history, tying him with Mike Caldwell with 296, second-most strikeouts in school history. The Sophomore lefty extended his streak of stellar pitching, in his last 23 innings, only giving up 3 hits and 1 unearned run to go along with 33 strikeouts.
Pack shortstop Trea Turner said that playing behind Rodon is always exciting. “I forget what inning it was, but he spotted up 94 [mph] against somebody, and everybody doesn’t do that.
It’s special to watch him throw, especially when he’s on like he has been lately. It’s fun to play behind him because he’s got a lot of energy and that transfers over to us.”
Rodon was matched by his counterpart John Farrell for the Tribe, who spread Wolfpack 2 hits out over the first 3 innings, surviving an error as well to keep the Pack scoreless in the first three frames. Farrell completed his night with 7 and a third innings, allowing one earned run, on 6 hits while striking out 6 Pack batters.
The Pack left another 2-out runner on third in the 4th, as Farrell induced a ground ball from Brett Williams to Tribe first baseman Michael Katz, who nabbed the hot shot with a diving stop to end the inning.
Rodon's bid for a perfect game came to a screeching halt when he plunked Ryan Lindemuth to lead off the fifth. A sacrifice bunt and ground out to short moved Lindemuth to third with 2 away. Rodon got Tribe DH Jackson Shaver to weakly pop out in foul ground, ending the threat and keeping the game scoreless.
NC State's speed merchant Trea Turner led off the top of the 6th for the Pack by roping a liner into the gap in right for a double. He was advanced to third by a 30-foot high chopper off the bat of Jake Fincher, who reached on the infield single. Fincher was thrown out attempting to steal second before Brett Austin struck out for the first two outs.
The Tribe elected to intentionally walk Senay, who had one of the four Pack hits at the time, bringing up Grant Clyde who chopped a 2-1 pitch through the middle bringing home the first run of the ball game.
Rodon's no-hit bid finally crashed in the sixth inning as Willie Shaw smashed a single through the right side with 2 away. Rodon fanned Katz to get the third out with no damage done, his sixth strikeout of the night.
William & Mary Coach Jamie Pinzino said "I thought it was a great college baseball game." He added "In the end, they got a chopper up the middle with two outs to get that run home and we didn't get any of those in the few chances that we had to score runs."
The win was the 46th of the season for NC State, the most in the 17 year stint of Pack Head Coach Elliott Avent. The previous best was 45 during 2003.