OMAHA, Neb. —
North Carolina State’s Carlos Rodon pitched eight shutout innings to continue his mastery of North Carolina, and the Wolfpack knocked out ACC pitcher of the year Kent Emanuel 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. The result was more satisfying this time. Three weeks ago he allowed one hit and struck out 14 in 10 innings but got no decision in a 2-1, 18-inning loss in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
The Wolfpack’s first CWS appearance since 1968 will continue Tuesday when they play UCLA. The Tar Heels (57-11), in Omaha for the sixth time in eight years, are one loss from elimination. They will play LSU on Tuesday
Brett Williams, Bryan Adametz and Logan Ratledge had two hits apiece for the Wolfpack (50-14), with Ratledge driving in two runs out of the No. 9 hole.
Emanuel dropped to 11-4.
UCLA 2, LSU 1
Adam Plutko and two relievers limited LSU to five hits, and UCLA turned both of the Tigers’ errors into runs in a tense victory.
LSU (57-10) scored its only run on Mason Katz’s fourth-inning homer. The Tigers had defensive breakdowns that allowed the Bruins (45-17) to tie it in the sixth and take the lead in the eighth.
Plutko (9-3) allowed four hits in seven innings for the win. David Berg worked out of trouble in the ninth to earn his 22nd save.
Aaron Nola (12-1) gave up five singles in eight innings, and both runs against him were unearned.
College World Series Glance
By The Associated Press
At TD Ameritrade Park Omaha
All Times EDT
Saturday, June 15
Mississippi State 5, Oregon State 4
Indiana 2, Louisville 0
Sunday, June 16
N.C. State 8, North Carolina 1
UCLA 2, LSU 1
Monday, June 17
Game 5 — Oregon State (50-12) vs. Louisville (51-13), 3 p.m.
Game 6 — Mississippi State (49-18) vs. Indiana (49-18), 8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 18
Game 7 — North Carolina (57-11) vs. LSU (57-10), 3 p.m.
Game 8 — N.C. State (50-14) vs. UCLA (45-17), 8 p.m.
Wednesday, June 19
Game 9 — Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 8 p.m.
Thursday, June 20
Game 10 — Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 loser, 8 p.m.
Friday, June 21
Game 11 — Game 6 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 3 p.m.
Game 12 — Game 8 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 22
x-Game 13 — Game 6 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 3 p.m.
x-Game 14 — Game 8 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 8 p.m.
If only one game is necessary, it will start at 8:30 p.m.
Championship Series (Best-of-3)
Monday, June 24: Pairings TBA, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 25: Pairings TBA, 8 p.m.
x-Wednesday, June 26: Pairings TBA, 8 p.m.