June 8, 2012
Super Regional Notes
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - NC State challenges overall number one seed Florida, with the winner punching a ticket to Omaha, beginning Saturday at the Gainesville Super Regional.
The Wolfpack (43-18) chases its first trip to the College World Series since 1968, and made it through the initial step with a thrilling Monday night win over Vanderbilt. State scored a school record 56 runs over five games at the Raleigh Regional to advance.
In the deciding game on Monday, NC State pushed six runs across in the eighth and ninth to come back from a 7-3 deficit to advance. The feat was nothing new for the Pack, as State has outscored opponents 82-41 in the eighth and ninth innings this year.
Junior right-hander Ethan Ogburn (5-3, 3.23 ERA) takes the mound in the Wolfpack’s opener on Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPNU. Ogburn comes off of the longest outing of his career, an 8 2/3 inning effort in an elimination game against UNC Wilmington.
Louisville Slugger National Freshman Pitcher of the Year Carlos Rodon (9-0, 1.61) has been tabbed the starter for Sunday’s game at 1 p.m. on ESPNU. Rodon will make his first start since being named a Golden Spikes Award finalist on Tuesday.
NC State has not yet named a starter for a potential game three on Monday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
During the Raleigh Regional, almost every player on the Wolfpack roster rose to the occasion, but none were more impressive throughout the regional than senior captain Andrew Ciencin, and junior reliever Ryan Wilkins.
Ciencin could not be stopped in Raleigh last week, hitting a team-leading .524 (11-for-21) in the NCAA Regional, second only to Vanderbilt’s Mike Yastrzemski (.533) in the four-team field. He led the regional in hits (11), was second in total bases (16) and was fourth in slugging percentage (.762) and RBIs (6).
Since May 4, spanning 11 appearances (all in relief), Wilkins has has put together a 3-0 record with a 2.37 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 19 innings pitched. He was the de facto closer in the last two victories over Vanderbilt, tossing 6 2/3 scoreless innings, while picking up wins in each game.
In addition to ESPNU and ESPN2’s coverage of the super regional, radio coverage will be provided by 88.1 WKNC, 102.3 WPTM in Roanoke Rapids, and 99.9 HD-3 The Ticket in the Triangle area. Live stats and streaming video will be linked on GoPack.com. Fans can also follow Twitter updates from @NCStateBaseball.