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    Rodon Goes the Distance in 3-2 Win
     
    Danny Canela
    Danny Canela
     

    April 7, 2012

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    COLLEGE PARK, MD. - Carlos Rodon fanned eight in a beastly complete game effort, while Danny Canela drove in all three Wolfpack runs as No. 13 NC State evened its series with Maryland in a 3-2 win Saturday at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.

    Rodon’s complete game marks the first for a Pack (21-8, 9-5 ACC) pitcher since Cory Mazzoni shut out Clemson on March 25, 2011. The freshman allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits and three walks, lowering his earned run average to an ACC-leading 1.36. After giving up both Terrapin (20-13, 4-10 ACC) runs in the bottom first, Rodon (5-0) notched the remaining 24 outs on 27 batters, twice retiring seven in a row.

    Canela drove in all three runs in the first three innings on a grounder and a two-RBI single, ending up 1-for-3 with three RBIs and a walk. Trea Turner enjoyed a career-best 4-for-4 day with a double, scoring twice, but was caught stealing on a double move pick off attempt to end his streak of 29-straight stolen bases without being caught. Jake Fincher scored the game-tying run on a 1-for-4 day. Chris Diaz and Logan Ratledge each recorded a hit.

    Maryland starter Brett Harman (4-2) took the loss after giving up three runs, all earned, on seven hits over the first 6 2/3 innings, striking out two. Reliever Charlie Haslup went the remaining 2 1/3, holding State to one hit and striking out four.

    NC State jumped out to a 1-0 lead right off the bat. Turner led off the game with a double to left field. Diaz grounded to short to move him to third, and Canela did the same to plate the game’s first run.

    Maryland answered with two in the bottom first to take a 2-1 lead. A pair of one-out walks put two on for the Terps. Tomo Delp singled to center on a blooper over Ratledge at second to score the tying run. Tim Kiene singled to center to score the go-ahead, and put runners at second and third with one out. Rodon came up with a huge strikeout, and a grounder to Ratledge to kill the rally.

    State regained the lead 3-2 in the third on Canela’s two-RBI single. Fincher led off the inning with a single through the left side. Turner followed with a liner through the right side to put two on. Diaz bunted them into scoring position, setting up Canela’s single through the middle to score two. Senay walked to put runners on first and second, but a double play ended the inning.

    After the Terrapins’ second run came in in the first, Rodon rattled off a string in which he retired 19 of 21 batters until Jack Cleary hit a two-out single in the seventh. Cleary stole second, and moved to third when the throw down sailed into center. Rodon induced a grounder to end the inning, stranding the runner.

    In the final two innings, Rodon only allowed one more baserunner, on a one-out walk in the ninth. The next batter hit into a game-ending 5-4-3 double play to put a stamp on Rodon’s complete game.

    NC State looks to take the rubber match on Sunday at 1 p.m. Radio coverage will be provided by 88.1 WKNC, fans can follow Twitter updates from @NCStateBaseball, and live stats will be available on GoPack.com.


     

     

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