Live from Omaha: CWS Game 3
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B9: And that's it. Carlos Rodon tosses the second complete game in the first three CWS games as NC State beats North Carolina 8-1. Rodon moves to 10-2 this season while Kent Emanuel falls to 11-4. Time of the game: 2:57 ... We'll be back in a bit with a full game wrap up. In the mean time, get set for LSU vs. UCLA which starts at 8 p.m. ET.
B9: Everyone just had a collective sigh in the pressbox as the shutout has been broken. A lot of ledes were just ruined. Landon Lassiter doubled into the game to score speedster Chaz Frank ... 8-1 NC State.
T9: Logan Ratledge drives in his second run of the game with another RBI groundout -- he came in with only 15 RBI this season -- to extend the lead to 8-0. We go to the bottom of the ninth here in Omaha ... 8-0 NC State.
T9: UNC goes to the bullpen to bring in Mason McCullough. I haven't mentioned them all but this is the eighth pitcher for the Tar Heels, which ties a single-game CWS record that has been done three other times. Most recently, Florida State used eight against Arizona last season.
T9: The Wolfpack is pouring it on -- now outhitting UNC 11-3 and more importantly leading 7-0 following an RBI groundout by Jake Armstrong with the bases loaded and nobody out. Needless to say, the crowd has thinned out big time -- especially in the general admission sections in the outfield. They need to get back in line for tonight's LSU vs. UCLA game! ... 7-0 NC State.
B8: Rodon is through eight innings having thrown 93 pitches -- 63 for strikes. Despite a leadoff single by Brian Holberton -- his second of the day -- Rodon got two ground balls to end the inning. He has to be thrilled to have six runs on the board (not that he needs them). In his last three starts, NC State had combined for six runs.
B8: Attendance for Game 3: 22,972. Crowds have been awesome so far and the best could be still to come with LSU waiting in the wings for today's nightcap.
T8: NC State tacks on a run here in the eighth with a sac-fly from Brett Austin to score Logan Ratledge ... 6-0 NC State.
B7: So the Tar Heels finally get a runner in scoring position after a leadoff walk to Colin Moran and a single by Cody Stubbs. But one pitch later, he gets Michael Russell to ground into a 5-5-3 double play to end the threat. Through seven, Rodon has allowed just two hits and struck out eight batters. On to the eighth we go, NC State in complete control.
T7: UNC has hit five batters in this game, including Grant Clyde three times. That ties a CWS record previously reached in 2003 and 2007.
T7: Rodon is through six, throwing 71 pitches -- 51 for strikes. He got UNC 1-2-3 in that inning once again. Top seed in serious toruble.
B5: And there goes the no-no. Blame me, Pack fans. Brian Holberton with a clean single up th emiddle with two outs in the fifth does the trick. Rodon struck out Mike Zolk to end the inning. That's seven strikeouts through five.
B4: Rodon has retired 12 in a row now after a leadoff walk to Chaz Frank in the first inning as he easily gets through the heart of the Tar Heels order in the fourth. Best part? He's only at 48 pitches. I'd say it's time for our first no-hitter alert.
B4: Wolfpack go quietly in the fourth as Rodon comes back out to the bump. In 19.2 innings against UNC this year, Rodon has struck out 29 batters -- including five today -- and allowed just two runs. Filthy.
B3: UNC still without a hit through three innings as Carlos Rodon is rolling. You can reference UNC's comebacks in the postseason but they haven't come back from a 5-run deficit. It especially looks dautning when Rodon is on the hill. A guy they have 1-hit against in their last 13 innings (!!!).
T3: And things are snowballing on the Tar Heels. Five consecutive batters have reached base with two outs, including an RBI single by No. 9 hole hitter Logan Ratledge. Chris McCue finally gets out of the inning. In case you're wondering -- Emanuel's numbers in five NCAA tournament appearances: 15 IP, 19 runs, 11.40 ERA ... 5-0 NC State.
T3: NC State pouring it on here in the third as Brett Williams rings a double into the left field corner to score Grant Clyde. Bryan Adametz just followed with a single up the middle to make it 4-0. That's all she wrote for Kent Emanuel -- once again he fails to get out of the third inning, this time lasting 2.2 innings. Wow ... 4-0 NC State.
T3: We all know that home runs are down, but Saturday was the first CWS opening day without a home run since 1975.
B2: Nothing doing for the Wolfpack in the second inning. Here comes UNC looking for its first hit when they come up in the second with Cody Stubbs, Michael Russell and Brian Holbertson due up.
T1: UNC gets out of the first by striking out Brett Williams. All of the umpires are mic'd here in the pressbox and homeplate umpire Joe Burleson had quite the punchout. It included a "Boom" at the end of his call. Never heard that one before.
T1: Kent Emanuel won't pitch a shutout this time around in Omaha, as Tarran Senay knocks in his team-leading 59th run to give NC State a 1-0 lead. Trea Turner had walked to lead off the game and stole second to get into scoring position (his 28th steal of the year). If Carlos Rodon is on for the Wolfpack, this may be all they need ... 1-0 NC State.
Pregame: According to UNC Media Relations through Baseball America's Aaron Fitt, this is the first meeting between UNC and NC State in any sport in an NCAA tournament since 1994 (women's soccer).
Pregame: The weather conditions -- 84 degrees, with an ESE wind at 5 mph -- blowing from left to right -- with partly cloudy skies and 47 percent humidity. Couldn't ask for a nicer Sunday for baseball.
Pregame: UNC starter and ACC Pitcher of the Year Kent Emanuel has been here before in Omaha, pitching a complete game four-hit shutout against Texas on June 20, 2011. As for his history against NC State, he won this year by tossing eight innings of one-run ball while allowing seven hits. His season-high strikeout total came against the Wolfpack with nine. Last year he lost but gave up no earned runs (three unearned) and his freshman season he lasted just 1.1 innings and allowed five hits and two runs. For NC State's Carlos Rodon, he went 10 innings in the epic 18 inning game and allowed just one hit and one run (unearned) while striking out 14 Tar Heels in the ACC tournament. Earlier in the year, he picked up the win by going 6.2 innings and allowing two runs. Last year, Rodon thew twice as well, getting a no decision each time. Should be a good one as the players from both teams have taken the field for pregame introductions.
Pregame: Happy Father's Day from Omaha as we get set for day two at the College World Series. Heated rivals North Carolina and NC State are on tap in Sunday's first game. The last time these two played, they went 18 innings in the ACC tournament. See below for highlights. Today's starting pitchers -- for visiting NC State, it'll be lefty Carlos Rodon (9-2, 3.19) and for UNC, it's fellow lefthander Kent Emanuel (11-3, 2.93). Much has been made about how the top-seeded Tar Heels handeled their pitching staff last week in the super regionals after no starter got out of the third inning. They hope that'll change today!
North Carolina has posted 47 NCAA tournament wins since 2006, one more than super regional opponent South Carolina. ... UNC is 15-19 all-time in the College World Series and advanced to the final series in 2006 and 2007. ... The Tar Heels lead the country in runs scored at 529 so far and are 12 runs shy of tying the school record for runs scored in a season set in 2002.
NC State is among five CWS teams that are 5-0 in NCAA tournament play this year. Indiana, LSU, Louisville and UCLA are the other clubs that haven’t lost a game. ... It’s been 45 years since NC State set foot in Omaha, Neb., the second longest stretch between appearances in NCAA history. ... NC State did not commit an error in winning two games against Rice in the super regional series to advance to Omaha and have committed just three in the tournament.