Rodon strikes out 15 in 1-0 NC State loss
Posted April 25, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Carlos Rodon recorded 15 punchouts in a complete game, but NC State baseball fell 1-0 to visiting Georgia Tech on Friday night at Doak Field at Dail Park.
Rodon (3-7) fanned 10 of the first 11 batters he faced. Georgia Tech (26-17, 12-10 ACC) did not put a ball in play for the first three innings. The junior lefthander’s no-hit bid was broken up with two outs in the fourth, on a single up the middle. The Yellow Jackets scored the game’s lone run on a two-out RBI single to right center in the sixth. Rodon went the distance, holding Tech to one earned on six hits and two walks.
Rodon’s 15 strikeouts come one shy of his career high, 16 set against Florida Atlantic on March 2, 2013. For his career, Rodon has 413 strikeouts, the fourth most in ACC history. Rodon became the first Wolfpacker, and fourth player in ACC history to cross 400 on Friday night. Rodon has 17 double-digit strikeout performances in his career.
With 94 strikeouts for the season, Rodon climbs into a tie with Maryland’s Jake Stinnett for tops in the ACC. His 15 strikeouts are a season high, marking the third time this year that Rodon has eclipsed 12 in a start.
The Wolfpack (23-18, 7-15) struggled at the plate all night long. The Pack accounted for three baserunners on the evening. Jake Fincher provided the State’s only extra-base hit, a leadoff double in the fifth. Trea Turner and Logan Ratledge each contributed one single.
NC State returns to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. for a game televised on RSN.