North Carolina 7, NC State 0

 
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North Carolina struggled with runners in scoring position against Carlos Rodon for the first 13 innings they faced him at the College World Series going 0-for-9 in that situation. In the fourth inning Thursday night, UNC didn't need one to score a run. With the bases loaded -- which included a bad throw by Rodon on a bunt -- Michael Russell hit a fly ball to right field which Jake Fincher caught. His throw home was on the money, but Brian Holberton somehow avoided the tag from catcher Brett Austin to give the Tar Heels a 1-0 lead. Austin threw his helmet, while Rodon threw his glove in frustration with the call. Head coach Elliott Avent came sprinting out of the dugout to argue with umpire Joe Burleson. It was a huge display of emotion and the Wolfpack never got going.

NC State catcher Brett Austin and pitcher Carlos Rodon react to a safe call made by home-plate umpire Joe Burleson.
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In a scoreless game, North Carolina's Brian Holbertson was called safe on a controversial play at the plate in the fourth inning of the CWS Game 10. The game-changing call did not sit well with NC State.

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North Carolina starting pitcher Hobbs Johnson continued an impressive stretch of starts we've seen at the College World Series. Johnson missed tossing the third complete-game shutout of the 2013 CWS by two outs. He went 8.1 shut out innings while allowing just five hits and striking out six strikeouts. The 8.1 innings are a career-high and improved to 5-1 in the process.

"That's the thing most people will not realize about Carlos Rodon, they will one day -- he's Bob Gibson as a pitcher and Pete Rose as a position
player. He's no different than the kid who wants to win baseball games in the field. The acclaim and all the stuff that goes on about him and how highly respected he is in the draft world has hit him but doesn't change the way he wants to play the game. He could have gone the pro route two years ago -- he wants to win a national championship."

-- NC State head coach Elliott Avent
Speaking about his ace starting pitcher Carlos Rodon

 
Carlos Rodon had dominated UNC in Game 3, tossing his fourth complete-game victory of the year.
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Facing a left-handed starting pitcher for the sixth consecutive game -- and the 10th in its past 13 games, dating to the ACC tournament -- UNC was familiar with Wolfpack sophomore Carlos Rodon. Entering Thursday, he was 2-0 with 32 strikeouts in 25.2 innings against the Tar Heels in three appearances this season.


Rodon seemingly had the Tar Heels’ number, so on three days’ rest he again was called on to face North Carolina with the season on the line in Game 10. For UNC, the mentality was “it is what it is.” Thursday was a different day and the Tar Heels had a different outcome in mind.

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Since the College World Series moved to TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, teams that scored five or more runs are now 21-0 following North Carolina's 7-0 win. In 2013, they are 5-0 in that situation.

North Carolina will play its third elimination game in a row when the Tar Heels take on UCLA at 8 p.m. ET Friday. UNC will need to beat the Bruins Friday and Saturday to advance to the CWS Championship Series.

NC State becomes the fourth team eliminated from the 2013 College World Series and ends its season with a record of 50-16.