Wolfpack take Tar Heels to woodshed in CWS opener

Carlos Rodon pitched a nearly flawless complete game to lead North Carolina State to an 8-1 victory over rival North Carolina on Sunday in the teams’ first game at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

Rodon did not allow a runner past second base until the ninth. He gave up five hits, with two walks and eight strikeouts.

North Carolina State jumped on top early. Trea Turner walked to lead off the first. He stole second with two outs, then scored on Tarran Senay’s single.

That was a precursor to a four-run third inning. Brett Austin ripped a double to left center to start that rally. With two outs, Grant Clyde singled home Austin. Brett Williams’ double scored Clyde, and Bryan Ademetz’s single scored Williams. Logan Ratledge’s single scored Adametz for the fourth run of the inning and a 5-0 lead.

Meanwhile, Rodon was almost unhittable for the Wolfpack. He gave up his first hit with two outs in the fifth, a single to Brian Holberton. After walking Colin Moran to lead off the seventh, he gave up a one-out single to Cody Stubbs. But he induced Michael Russell to ground into a double play to get out of the inning.

Austin hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth, scoring Ratledge. Clyde scored NC State’s seventh run in the ninth inning on a fielder’s choice, and Williams scored the final run on a groundout.

The Tar Heels scored their run in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI double by Landon Lassiter.

North Carolina State faces the winner of the UCLA vs. Louisiana State game at 8 p.m. (EDT) Tuesday. North Carolina will face the loser of that game in an elimination game at 3 p.m.

North Carolina State is appearing in the College World Series for just the second time (1968 was the other). North Carolina is making its 10th appearance, and sixth trip in the last eight years. The ACC rivals split the regular-season series at a game apiece. North Carolina defeated NC State 2-1 in 18 innings in the ACC tournament.

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