WRAL: NC State pitcher Carlos Rodon was named USA Baseball’s Richard W. “Dick” Case Player of the Year Tuesday, joining the likes of Stephen Strasburg and Ryan Zimmerman. The award is given annually to USA Baseball’s top player while honoring the memory of the organization’s founding executive director and CEO. Rodon, a Holly Springs native, […]
Not doing my own write up on this one.Â No, not because we lost.Â I’m not a sore loser.Â Well, mostly.Â Just have a busy day today and tomorrow so I’ll leave it to the guys who actually get paid for it.
But of course we did lose.Â Now we move on.
Thursday, 8pm, ESPN.Â Pack vs Heels for the 5th time this year.Â So far each team has taken 2 apiece so maybe it’s appropriate.
Loser goes home, winner must beat UCLA twice to make the championship series.
Tonight at 8pm on ESPN, Oregon State and Indiana go at it for the right to have to beat Mississippi State twice in the other bracket.
Wolfpack Edged 2-1, Awaits UNC Thursday (GoPack.com)
NC State falls to UCLA 2-1, will meet UNC again at CWS (CharlotteObserver.com)
Pitching and defense carried the Bruins (46-17) to this point, and it carried them again on Tuesday night. They threw out a runner at home in the third inning, and then left fielder Christoph Bono, who entered the game as a defensive replacement, preserved UCLA’s lead with an over-the-shoulder catch in left field in the eighth inning.
Bono’s catch effectively ended the Wolfpack’s final scoring chance. Leadoff batter Trea Turner came to the plate with runners on first and second with one out, and he drove Dave Berg’s pitch to deep left. But Bono caught it on the run, near the warning track.
Off the bat, it appeared Turner might have hit the pitch well enough to send it over the fence for a go-ahead three-run home run.
â€œI was dumb enough to (think it was out),â€ Turner said. â€œThat’s about as good as I can hit a ball right. And unfortunately it fell a few feet short and that could have been the difference in the game.â€
Berg, one of the best closers in the country, then struck out Jake Fincher to end the inning and leave the two runners stranded. Berg, who entered the game with a 0.87 ERA in 47 appearances this season, earned his 23rd save of the season. That ties an NCAA single-season record.
UCLA slips past NC State; North Carolina eliminates LSU (FoxNews.com)
A little something to lighten the mood…
Let’s Go Pack!!!