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    No. 5 Pack Falls 6-1 in Series-Opener at No. 2 Florida State

    March 14, 2014

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    Top Performers: Brett Austin (1-for-4, RBI), Carlos Rodon (6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 12 K)
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    TALLAHASSEE, FLA. - No. 5 NC State baseball fell 6-1 in its ACC road-opener at No. 2 Florida State on Friday night at Dick Howser Stadium despite a 12-strikeout performance from junior Carlos Rodon.

    The Wolfpack (14-3, 3-1 ACC) had its six-game winning streak snapped on Friday night after taking a 1-0 lead over the Seminoles (15-2, 3-1) in the top of the fifth on Brett Austin’s RBI single. The Noles bounced back with two runs in the bottom half, and four more after Rodon left in the seventh.

    Rodon (2-3) took the loss on 6 2/3 innings, after holding Florida State to two earned on five hits and four walks while striking out a dozen. The junior lefthander fanned nine of the first 18 batters he faced on the evening. Rodon’s career strikeout total grows to 361, 25 shy of Terry Harvey’s record set 1992-95.

    State used Joe O’Donnell, Will Gilbert, and Karl Keglovits out of the pen, and the trio combined to allow four earned on four hits and two walks in 1 1/3.

    Florida State’s Luke Weaver (4-1) claimed the win on 6 1/3, striking out seven while holding the Pack to one earned on seven hits and two walks. Gage Smith and Kenny Burkhead combined to work the last 2 2/3, holding the Wolfpack hitless with two strikeouts.

    Seven different Wolfpack hitters contributed one hit each. Austin knocked in the Pack’s only run in a 1-for-4 day. Freshman Andrew Knizner returned to the lineup from his ankle injury as a designated hitter, scoring once in a 1-for-3 outing. Bubby Riley was the only Wolfpack batter to reach base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk.

    Neither team put a ball in play during the first inning against Rodon and Weaver. NC State managed to break through in the top of the fifth. Kyle Cavanaugh singled up the middle to start the rally, and Knizner followed with a single up the middle of his own. Garrett Suggs reached on a fielder’s choice when Weaver fielded a bunt and got the lead runner advancing to third. Austin drilled a liner by the first baseman into right to score Knizner from second.

    NC State returns to action with a series-concluding doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. ESPN3 will provide streaming coverage for both games. Radio duties will be handled by 88.1 WKNC. Fans can also follow along with live stats on GoPack.com, or on Twitter by following @NCStateBaseball.


     

     

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