Jan. 31, 2013
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NC State’s Carlos Rodon and Trea Turner made the Baseball America Preseason All-America first team, released Thursday by the magazine.
Rodon and Turner are the youngest players on the first team, and represent two of the three ACC players listed on the first team. NC State is one of three teams (along with Stanford and Arkansas) with multiple first teamers.
The mentions mark the third time this year that the Wolfpack has boasted two first team All-Americans from a single publication, the only three occurrences in program history. In 1997, Clay Eason and Tom Sergio were each named first team All-America performers by separate publications.
Rodon enters his sophomore season with an undefeated 9-0 record and a 1.57 career ERA. The left-hander won the ACC’s Pitcher and Freshman of the Year awards in 2012, and became the first Division I freshman to make the finals of the Golden Spikes Award.
Turner earned his selection at shortstop, and awaits the chance to shatter the Wolfpack record for stolen bases after leading the nation with 57 in 2012 (16 shy of the NC State career record). The Lake Worth, Fla. native added a .336 batting average and five home runs to his base-stealing prowess during his freshman campaign, enough to warrant a consensus freshman All-America mention.
NC State takes the diamond for the first time in 2013 on February 15 for a three-game series against Appalachian State at Doak Field at Dail Park. Season tickets are on sale, with more information available by following the links at the top of this page.
The Baseball America Preseason All-America team can be viewed in its entirety HERE.