Freshman Rodon leads Wolfpack to super regionals


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — It's hard to tell what has added up quicker: North Carolina State pitcher Carlos Rodon's accomplishments, or his strikeout total.

He's the first freshman in two years to be named a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award as the nation's best college player. That came after he became the first Atlantic Coast Conference freshman voted as the league's pitcher of the year.

And he has the Wolfpack in their first super regional since 2008.

N.C. State (43-18) visits No. 1 seed Florida (45-18) this weekend for a best-of-three series with the winner advancing to the College World Series.

Rodon is 9-0 and hasn't taken a loss since his junior year in high school. He's third nationally with 132 strikeouts — the only freshman in the top 25.

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