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Two-out runs can be killer. And that's exactly what NC State did in the third inning against Kent Emanuel and North Carolina. Already leading 1-0, Brett Austin stood on second with two outs. The next five hitters reached base with three of them scoring runs to extend NC State's lead to 5-0. All four runs came with two outs and with Carlos Rodon on the mound, that was more than enough to beat the Tar Heels.

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Carlos Rodon had dominated North Carolina this season -- and it continued on Sunday. Rodon tossed his fourth complete-game victory of the year, only allowing one run in the ninth inning after taking a no-hit bid into the fifth inning. The sophomore allowed just five hits while striking out eight Tar Heels. His numbers against UNC in three appearances in 2013: 2-0, 25.2 IP, 32 K. Awesome stuff against the best hitting team in the nation.

Carlos Rodon moved to 2-0 against North Carolina in a dominant performance Sunday.
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NC State sophomore left-hander Carlos Rodon — arguably one of the best pitchers in college baseball. His performance in Sunday’s 8-1 victory against No. 1 national seed North Carolina was “as advertised” as he held the Tar Heels to five hits while striking out eight batters in the Wolfpack’s first College World Series appearance since 1968 ...

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"I think he was sub par. I don't think he was that good [Sunday]. No, I'm just kidding. I mean, he was as good as I've seen all year. Both pitches were working for him. He commanded after the four pitch walk to Chaz [Frank], then he settled in a little bit. Maybe the pregame jitters got to him, I don't know. But he's as good as I've ever seen. And he stepped up for us big today."
-- NC State catcher Brett Austin on Carlos Rodon Sunday


NC State's eight runs are the most the Wolfpack have scored in a College World Series game. It's not as if there have been too many, having only played four before Sunday. It was NC State's first appearance in the CWS since 1968. Its previous high was seven runs in 1968 against Southern Illinois in a 7-6 victory.

North Carolina will face LSU at 3 p.m. ET Tuesday in a losers' bracket game. The loser will be the second team eliminated from the College World Series in a game that features two of the three national seeds that made it to Omaha.

NC State will face UCLA at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday in a winners' bracket game.