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Rodon, Pack upset North Carolina 7-3

Posted April 27, 2013
Updated April 28, 2013

NC State pitcher Carlos Rodon led the No. 6 Wolfpack to a 7-3 victory over No. 1 North Carolina Saturday in game two of a three game series. Rodon had ten strikeouts, allowed seven hits, four walks and no earned runs on the night before retiring in the sixth inning.

Rodon's tenth strikeout of the game came as the bases were loaded to end the inning and keep the Tar Heels scoreless through six. 

Rodon, Pack down Heels, 7-3 Fialko: Rodon, Pack down Heels, 7-3

With NC State's Grant Sasser on the mound a three-run homerun by North Carolina's Cody Stubbs broke Rodon's defensive stand, making it 7-3 after the top of the seventh.

An RBI single by Brett Austin put NC State on the board first. In the bottom of the third inning, Trea Turner reached first on a single to right and then stole second putting him in scoring position. Austin's single sent Turner across the plate to give the Pack the 1-0 lead.

In the next inning North Carolina squandered an early opportunity to tie the game. After Rodon walked Colin Moran to start off the fourth, an error by third baseman Grant Clyde allowed Moran to reach second. Mike Zolk flied to center and Moran took off before being thrown out at the plate.

The Tar Heels collapsed in the bottom of the fourth allowing the Pack to expand on their one run lead. Clyde was hit by a pinch to open the inning, Jake Armstrong walked, Bryan Adametz singled to load the bases. Matt Bergquist took advantage with an RBI single. A passed ball allowed Armstrong to take home and Adametz followed suit on Turner's RBI sac-bunt. NC State ended the fourth inning with a 4-0 lead.

Rodon struck out three of five batters faced in the top of the fifth to bring the Pack back to the plate unscathed. Jake Fincher reached home on a Clyde double sending North Carolina pitcher Benton Moss to the dugout. In 4.1 innings pitched Moss walked five, allowed eight hits and had five earned runs.

Right-handed pitcher Trevor Kelley came in to relieve Moss, but the immediate results were not any better. Kelley walked his first batter faced and two more runs scored before the inning ended.

NC State's Travis Orwig came in to relieve Sasser in the middle of the eighth, allowing no runs on one hit in 1.2 innings pitched and earning the save.

North Carolina and NC State will play the third game of the series Sunday at Doak Field at 7 p.m.

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  • duane11 Apr 28, 2013

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    he didnt have that problem last year, he got ahead of hitters consistently...not sure what is wrong this year, but maybe he has it straightened out, he didnt hit any heel batters!

  • BattlingBishop 5 Apr 28, 2013

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    There is the whole consistency thing. Whether the 'zone is expanded or tight, they should call it both ways & we all know that doesn't always happen. :)

  • unc70 Apr 28, 2013

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    UNC radio coverage mentioned difference in umpire "style" before first pitch was thrown.

    UNC pitchers had trouble hitting the wide zone.

  • StunGunn Apr 28, 2013

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    Thanks for this, Smitty! I saw an interview with Matt Harvey today on ESPN. He's having a great career with the Mets.

  • BattlingBishop 5 Apr 28, 2013

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    I didn't see the game but umpires are different. Some are considered "hitter's umpires", others are considered "pitcher's umpires". Always hated the guy who had the expanded zone. It's tough enough to hit as it is...that just makes it harder. Certain pitchers wouldn't be as good as they are if they actually had to throw the ball over the plate versus near it.

  • Toddler10-21 Apr 28, 2013

    unc70 is already starting the excuse mill!!!!

  • NothingButNet Apr 28, 2013

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    LOL about Boston College - didn't know they were that bad.

  • NothingButNet Apr 28, 2013

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    Agree that the game will be interesting! As for the polls, if Carolina loses, they def drop a few spots and State rises up a few; the Heels should still be ahead of the Pack in the polls IMHO.

    If Carolina wins, they may still fall out of first place since they lost last night, depending on what the other teams did this weekend.

  • unc70 Apr 28, 2013

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    Rodon was helped last night in that the strike zone was being called on the wide side. If it had been called as it had been on Friday night, Rodon would have been throwing more that were balls rather than called first strikes.

  • BattlingBishop 5 Apr 28, 2013

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    Well, if State is ahead after 5, it rains & they call it, then one can make that argument.

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