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    Wolfpack Holds On, Edges Maryland 3-2

    March 29, 2013

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    Top Performers: Brett Austin (2-for-4, HR, 2B, R, RBI), Carlos Rodon (7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 11 K)

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    RALEIGH, N.C. - Brett Austin hit the first homer of his career and Carlos Rodon fanned 11 as NC State held on to edge Maryland 3-2 on Friday night at Doak Field at Dail Park.

    The Wolfpack (18-9, 4-6 ACC) leapt out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but that would be all the scoring the Pack could muster. State's pitching did the rest, holding Maryland (14-11, 3-7) scoreless until the eighth. The Terrapins scored once in the eighth and left the bases loaded, then scored again in the ninth before leaving the tying run at second.

    Rodon (3-2) struck out 11 on the evening, the third time this season that he's hit double digits. The sophomore lefthander has fanned at least eight batters in all seven starts in 2013, and leads the nation with 73 strikeouts. Rodon left with the bases loaded after 7 2/3 innings, holding the Terps to one earned on five hits and two walks.

    Austin led off the game with the first home run of his career, a solo shot to the gap in left center. He added a double in the ninth inning to go 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Austin leads the ACC in doubles with 14 and entered the week ranked third in the nation.

    Trea Turner went 1-for-3 with a run and a walk at designated hitter, his second start since injuring his ankle on March 8. Jake Fincher reached base in a game for the 26th time this season in a 1-for-4 outing with a run. Tarran Senay had the Pack's only other hit, part of a 1-for-3 effort.

    Ryan Wilkins faced two batters after Rodon left, then turned the ball over to Grant Sasser to close. Sasser held the Terrapins to one hit in the ninth to record his first save of the year.

    Maryland starter Jimmy Reed went the distance, holding the Wolfpack to one earned on five hits and a walk, striking out four over eight innings.

    Austin homered on the second pitch of the game to put State on top. Turner followed with a single through the left side. Fincher reached next on a fielder's choice to second base. Turner reached and advanced to third on the play due to a throwing error. Brett Williams moved both into scoring position with a ground ball. Bryan Adametz drove in the second run with a one-out grounder to short. Senay reached on a fielding error by the shortstop to make it 3-0.

    The Terps made it interesting in the late innings, cutting the lead to 3-1 on a two-out rally in the eighth. After Rodon retired the first two batters of the inning, Maryland loaded the bases on a walk, a single and a hit batsman. Another hit batsman pushed the lone run across before Wilkins struck out the next batter to end the threat. In the ninth, back-to-back pinch hit singles put runners on first and second with nobody out. A sac bunt moved them both into scoring position, and a groundball trimmed the lead to 3-2. With the tying run at second, Sasser induced a fly ball to left to end the game.

    NC State returns to the diamond on Saturday for a 6:30 p.m. meeting with Maryland. Streaming coverage will be handled by ESPN3, radio coverage by 88.1 WKNC. Fans can also follow along with live stats from, or on Twitter via @NCStateBaseball.



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