OMAHA, Neb. — North Carolina and N.C. State are scoreless through three innings in the elimination game of the College World Series.
Despite announcing Wednesday that freshman lefty Brad Stone would start for the Wolfpack, N.C. State made a game-time decision to throw ace Carlos Rodon against UNC and Hobbs Johnson.
Leadoff man Chaz Frank started the game by singling off the second pitch he saw.
Designated hitter Landon Lassiter then wore Rodon in receiving a 10-pitch strikeout, but the ace lefty threw more characteristically sound pitches to both Colin Moran and Brian Holberton and retired the pair in back-to-back three-pitch strikeouts.
Hobbs Johnson showed he can get K’s, too, by striking out N.C. State’s Trea Turner, but then he walked Jake Fincher.