June 1, 2013
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RALEIGH, N.C. – Starting pitcher Carlos Rodon spun a complete-game, two-hit shutout while striking out 10 as the top-seeded NC State baseball team defeated William & Mary, 1-0, Saturday evening at Doak Field at Dail Park.
NC State (46-14) set a single-season wins record under the direction of head coach Elliott Avent with victory No. 46 on Saturday. Now in his 17th season at the helm of the Wolfpack, his previous best season was 45-18 in 2003.
Rodon’s 10th strikeout of the evening tied him with Mike Caldwell for second place on NC State’s all-time strikeouts list with 296. He has struck out at least eight batters in 15 of his 16 starts this season and reached double-digit strikeouts for the third-consecutive start and the seventh time in his last 10 starts. Rodon has also allowed just three hits and struck out 33 batters in his last 23 innings pitched.
After singling and eventually being left stranded on third base in the top of the third inning, shortstop Trea Turner doubled to lead off the sixth inning, before right fielder Jake Fincher chopped an infield single to put runners on the corners with no outs.
After Fincher was caught stealing and the next batter went down on strikes, first baseman Tarran Senay was intentionally walked, before third baseman Grant Clyde delivered the game’s only run with a two-out single up the middle to put the Wolfpack ahead, 1-0.
William & Mary starting pitcher John Farrell (11-3) pitched 7 1/3 innings of six-hit ball, allowing just one earned run while walking three and striking out six.
Turner stole his 25th and 26th bases of the season and now has multiple hits in 23 of the 50 games in which he has played this season. He finished the night 2-for-3.
William & Mary will face Ole Miss on Sunday in an elimination game at 1 p.m. The winner will take on the Wolfpack at 6 p.m.
The Wolfpack improves to 9-1 in Regional competition at Doak Field.