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    Rodon Ks 16, No. 10 State Walks Off With 2-1 Win

    March 2, 2013

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    Top Performers: Carlos Rodon (7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 16 K)  Trea Turner (2-for-5, 2 2B, R)
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    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Carlos Rodon fanned a career-high 16 batters as No. 10 NC State came through in the clutch to escape with a 2-1 win over Florida Atlantic in 10 innings on Saturday at Coastal Carolina's Baseball at the Beach.

    The Wolfpack (9-1) won its ninth consecutive game, this time in walk-off fashion. State struck first with a run in the fourth on a double steal. Florida Atlantic (5-5) answered with a run in the sixth. The teams remained deadlocked at 1-1 for the next four innings until Trea Turner crossed the plate in the bottom of the 10th.

    Turner smashed a pair of doubles in a 2-for-5 effort with one run scored, and added a critical play on a chopper over Rodon's head to preserve the no-hitter in the fifth. Rodon will earn the headlines for his performance, but Ryan Wilkins (1-0) and Grant Sasser deserve their share for holding the Owls to one baserunner over the final three innings.

    Brett Austin scored the Pack's first run in a 2-for-3 performance with a stolen base. Jake Armstrong hit a double in a 1-for-4 outing while starting at third.

    Rodon exploded out of the gates by striking out eight of the first nine batters he faced. The first time through the Florida Atlantic order, the Owls only managed to put one ball in play, a bunt attempt in the top of the first. The sophomore fielded another bunt in the fourth to remain perfect through 3 1/3, but the next batter reached on a fielding error.

    Rodon bounced back from that bad break by striking out five of the next seven to take his no-hit bid into the sixth, where it was broken up by a one-out single to left.

    Heading into the sixth inning, Rodon had retired 43 of 47 batters faced since giving up a fifth inning home run two weeks ago against Appalachian State. Of those four batters who reached, two walked and the other two reached on an error.

    In the seventh, Rodon set a career-high with his 15th strikeout. Two batters later a two-hopper squirted through the right side to represent only the second hit allowed in his last 55 batters faced. Rodon followed that hit by punctuating his performance with a 16th, on a pitch that sent the FAU hitter's bat sailing out of his hands and into the Owls' on-deck circle. Rodon's final line read one earned run on two hits over seven innings, striking out 16 of 26 batters faced with three walks.

    State broke scoreless tie in the fourth, started by Austin's single to right, the first hit allowed by FAU starter Jake Meiers. Tarran Senay pushed him to third on a perfect hit-and-run play with a line drive through the spot vacated by the covering shortstop. With two away and runners stuck on the corners, Austin scored on a double steal, crossing the plate seconds after a throw to second sailed into center.

    FAU's Mitch Morales led off the sixth with a full-count walk, and eventually scored the tying run. Morales stole second before coming home on a line drive single to left.

    Leading off the bottom of the 10th, Turner crushed the first pitch he saw to the wall in left center. A bobble by the center fielder allowed Turner to motor all the way to third on the play. FAU intentionally walked the next two batters to load the bases. Senay grounded to the right side, and the throw home pulled FAU's catcher off of the plate to allow the winning run.

    NC State returns to action on Sunday at 5 p.m. when it plays tournament host Coastal Carolina. Fans can follow along on Twitter via @NCStateBaseball, with live stats on GoPack.com, or over the airwaves on 88.1 WKNC.


     

     

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