OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — North Carolina State's Carlos Rodon pitched eight shutout innings and the Wolfpack knocked ACC pitcher of the year Kent Emanuel out of the game early in an 8-1 victory in their College World Series opener Sunday.
Rodon (10-2) held the No. 1 national seed Tar Heels hitless into the fifth inning. He allowed five hits and struck out eight.
It was the sophomore left-hander's second straight dominating performance against the Tar Heels. Three weeks ago he allowed one hit and struck out 14 in 10 innings in a 2-1, 18-inning loss in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
The Wolfpack (50-14) play UCLA — a 2-1 winner over LSU in the late game — Tuesday. The Tar Heels (57-11) are one loss from elimination. They will play LSU on Tuesday night.
Brett Williams, Bryan Adametz and Logan Ratledge had two hits apiece for the Wolfpack.
Emanuel (11-4) failed to get out of the third inning for a second straight start.