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    Turner Sets Record, Rodon Complete Game Seals Series

    April 20, 2013

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    Top Performers: Trea Turner (2-for-4, HR 2 R, 2 RBI, SB) Carlos Rodon (9 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K)
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    ATLANTA, Ga. - No. 15 NC State dropped No. 14 Georgia Tech 6-2 to take the series behind the third complete game of Carlos Rodon’s career on Saturday at Russ Chandler Stadium.

    The series win at Georgia Tech (27-12, 11-9 ACC) is the Wolfpack’s first against the Yellow Jackets since 2001. State (31-10, 13-7) has won its last four meetings with Tech dating back to 2012, the most since the Pack won six straight over the Jackets from 1989-90.

    NC State owns a share of the nation’s longest winning streak by winning its 13th consecutive game. North Carolina swept a doubleheader against Duke on Saturday to match that number. The win streak is State’s longest since the Wolfpack won 16 in a row in 2003.

    Rodon (4-2) went the distance with 10 strikeouts and no walks, allowing two earned on eight hits. It’s the first complete game for any Wolfpack pitcher since Rodon pulled the feat against Duke on April 28, 2012. For the ninth time in 10 starts this season, Rodon struck out eight or more batters. Between the fourth and sixth innings, Rodon fanned four in a row and six of seven. The outing was among the most efficient of Rodon’s career, throwing only 104 pitches or 11.6 per inning.

    Trea Turner set the NC State career stolen base record with his 74th and 17th of the season. He takes over the record after playing only 94 collegiate games. Turner also homered for the sixth time this year, eclipsing his total from 2012. He finished the day 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBIs, one stolen base and one walk.

    Tarran Senay stayed hot in Atlanta, going 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Grant Clyde drove in a pair on a 2-for-5 outing with his 10th double of the season. Five Wolfpack hitters recorded exactly two hits and eight of nine Pack batters had at least one hit.

    Georgia Tech starter Dusty Isaacs (4-4) took the loss on three earned over the first five innings. Jonathan King worked the next 2 2/3, giving up three runs, two earned. Joe Wiseman finished the game with 1 1/3 shutout innings.

    State grabbed a 3-0 lead in the top of the third thanks to some clutch two-out hitting. Turner led off the inning by drawing a walk and advanced to second on a groundout. After a swinging strikeout for the second out, Senay plated Turner from second with a single up the middle. Brett Williams followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Clyde made it back-to-back-to-back two-out hits after Williams stole second, driving in a pair on a single to center.

    Tech responded with one in the bottom of the third. Mott Hyde provided the Jackets’ first hit of the evening with one out, then stole second with two away. Kyle Wren scored him with an RBI single to trim the lead to 3-1.

    The Pack recovered that run in the sixth, started by Jake Armstrong’s line drive single to center. A sac bunt from Logan Ratledge moved him to second with one out. Turner knocked an RBI single through the right side to make it 4-1. During the next at-bat, Turner stole second to take over as State’s career stolen base king.

    Turner got the Wolfpack going again in the eighth with a solo shot to left, his sixth of the year to pass his total from a year ago. Jake Fincher followed him by reaching on a fielding error. Brett Austin singled to center behind him to put runners on the corners with one out. Senay sent a sac fly to center to extend the lead to 6-1.

    NC State returns to action on Sunday at 1 p.m. for the series finale, streamed live on ESPN3.com. Radio coverage will be provided by 88.1 WKNC. Fans can also follow along with live stats on GoPack.com, or on Twitter via @NCStateBaseball.


     

     

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