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UNC, NC State throw aces in College World Series matchup

Posted June 16, 2013

— Sunday is the day North Carolina college baseball fans have had circled on the calendar for more than a week. They'll see a pair of aces when the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University meet on the baseball diamond at 3 p.m. (ESPN2, 99.9 The Fan). 

The last two ACC pitchers of the year will match pitches in the Omaha opener in hopes of advancing to the winner's bracket at the College World Series.

Kent Emanuel, 11-3 with a 2.93 ERA, leads the No. 1 overall seed Tar Heels (57-10) against sophomore sensation Carlos Rodon for the 49-14 Wolfpack. 

Carlos Rodon No. 1s on mound for CWS matchup

"I think this is the first time I've ever gotten to face him," Emanuel said. "And my inner competitor obviously wants to get the other team's best shot."

Rodon is 9-2 with a 3.19 ERA on the year, and 18-2 in his NC State Career. However, the Wolfpack have dropped three of the four games he has started against North Carolina. He's only given up three runs in those four games against the Tar Heels.

"The thing about Rodon is he can mix his pitches and throw them all for strikes in any count. That makes it tough," said UNC outfielder Chaz Frank. 

The pair have the benefit of a spacious pitcher's park in Omaha's TD Ameritrade Park.

"I heard fly balls turn into outs instead of home runs," Rodon said, comparing the size and wind pattern to his home field. "That Doak stream usually sends them out, but here at TD Ameritrade, those stay in the yard for you."

The CWS is double-elimination. The winner of Sunday's game would play Tuesday at 8 p.m. against the winner of UCLA/LSU, the loser Tuesday at 3 p.m. against the loser of that game.

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  • TWAL Jun 17, 10:08 a.m.

    Who cares about the baked ball player with no license! Two great ball teams playing for the national championship with two of the best pitchers in the country, and States I thinks a little better. Right here from NC!! Go PACK!

  • 903 PJ trusted Rodney Blackstock Jun 16, 6:57 p.m.

    Glad to see State got it together today, but while we are on the State Unc topic...what ever... View More

    — Posted by Boogalooboy

    hmmmm..probably because ...like they reported the gun was LEGAL and was only being checked to... View More

    — Posted by ugottabkiddinme

    Nothing wrong with the star basketball player being out with his buddies in the worst area of the city, with baggies of weed, with a gun that no one owns, driving without his license in a $245/day car that no one rented...

    And it wouldn't be any more of an issue if we were talking about a Duke or NC State player either...

  • ugottabkiddinme Jun 16, 6:48 p.m.

    Glad to see State got it together today, but while we are on the State Unc topic...what ever... View More

    — Posted by Boogalooboy

    hmmmm..probably because ...like they reported the gun was LEGAL and was only being checked to ensure no crimes had been commited with it..the rest is all small misdemeaner stuff that a lot of kids get into...no big deal, right?! remember ALL those NCSU football players that got caught possessing weed. that's what i thought short term memory has stuck again, might be due to the weed you are on know..lmao!

  • Boogalooboy Jun 16, 6:26 p.m.

    Glad to see State got it together today, but while we are on the State Unc topic...what ever happened to the story on the Carolina player regarding drugs, weapons and rented vehicle without license... story has vanished.... hmmm

  • kornfan2448 Jun 16, 4:15 p.m.

    Carolina wins 3-1...no extra innings needed.

    — Posted by kornfan2448

    or not...lol

  • Sauras69 Jun 16, 1:33 p.m.

    Should be another great one. Hoping they can get the complete game in. Wishing the best to both teams.

  • jacamoe Jun 16, 1:24 p.m.

    Go Wolfpack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Today counts. Yesterday doesn't. 1-3,3-1,111111333333-3333333111111111.???? Today counts.

  • Leave it to Beaver Reruns Jun 16, 12:53 p.m.

    Come on WRAL, Rodon is 18-2 in his collegiate career as a pitcher. How can he be 1-3 again unc*... View More

    — Posted by kevinappraisals

    Love these new baseball fans.......

    — Posted by Leave it to Beaver Reruns

    It's great that UNC and State are giving their fans ANOTHER sport to be proud of. And by the... View More

    — Posted by 4tarheels

    That's awesome. I was excited last month when my boys won another natty in LAX.

    I am also excited that Duke was sitting on top of the Capital One Cup standings this deep in the year......must be some success in ANOTHER sport somewhere.

  • Leave it to Beaver Reruns Jun 16, 12:49 p.m.

    Come on WRAL, Rodon is 18-2 in his collegiate career as a pitcher. How can he be 1-3 again unc*... View More

    — Posted by kevinappraisals

    Love these new baseball fans.......

    — Posted by Leave it to Beaver Reruns

    You need to learn the rules about baseball. unc70 has it right, Rodon is 1-0 against unc* with... View More

    — Posted by kevinappraisals

    I was referring to the author of the article, Sensitive Sally.

  • TsKaMF Jun 16, 12:45 p.m.

    What's the talk about weather ? 0% chance of precip until 6:00pm...then 30% until midnight...then drops to 20% according to The Weather Channel site.

    Maybe some are feeling sheepish.

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