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    Curtain Closes on Pack's First CWS Run Since 1968

    June 21, 2013

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    Top Performers: Wolfpack Senior Starters (One hit each), Carlos Rodon (5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K)
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    OMAHA, Neb. - NC State’s first trip to the College World Series since 1968 came to an end on Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park, following a 7-0 loss to top seeded North Carolina.

    The Wolfpack (50-16) wrapped up its first 50-win season in program history after falling behind 1-0 in the top of the fourth. The Tar Heels (59-11) extended that lead to 2-0 in the fifth, before four runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to set the final score.

    NC State starter Carlos Rodon (10-3) took the loss on two runs, one earned, on four hits over the first five innings. The first four Tar Heel outs came on Rodon strikeouts. The sophomore fanned six through three innings, but didn’t record another in the fourth or fifth.

    Rodon finishes the year with a school record 184 strikeouts, 37 more than any other pitcher in NC State history. In the last 10 years of Division I baseball, only Jered Weaver, Trevor Bauer, Tim Lincecum, Stephen Strasburg, and David Price have fanned more batters in a single season. With 319 for his career, Rodon needs 67 more to tie the program record, held by Terry Harvey.

    UNC starter Hobbs Johnson (5-1) pitched the best game of his career, an 8 1/3 inning performance, holding the Pack scoreless with five hits while striking out six. Reliever Chris McCue held State hitless for the final 2/3.

    NC State seniors Brett Williams and Tarran Senay each provided base hits in their final collegiate at-bats during the Wolfpack ninth. Fellow seniors Bryan Adametz and Grant Clyde added one single each, meaning each senior starter recorded one hit in his final collegiate game. Senior Matt Bergquist pinch hit in the ninth inning.

    Senior pitchers Ryan Wilkins and Chris Overman combined to pitch an inning of relief after Rodon left the game, allowing one earned on two hits. Freshman Brad Stone was the first reliever out of the Wolfpack bullpen, retiring the first seven batters he faced.

    During the 2013 College World Series, NC State played in front of crowds of 22,972, 25,543, and 25,742, the three largest ever to watch the Wolfpack play. NC State baseball made impressions on a total of 74,257 spectators over three games, an average of 24,752 per game.


     

     

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