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RALEIGH, NC (NC STATE) -- Carlos Rodon delivered yet another gem in possibly his final start at Doak Field at Dail Park on Friday night, as NC State baseball cruised to a 9-1 victory over Wake Forest.

The Wolfpack (28-20, 10-15 ACC) raced to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third before a pair of rain showers hit Raleigh, delaying the game for 75 minutes. Following the delay, State added a run in the fourth. Wake Forest (26-23, 12-13) scored its lone run in the seventh, before the Pack sealed the contest with a five-run seventh to set the final at 9-1.

Rodon (5-7) claimed the win in seven innings of work, holding the Deacons to one unearned run on four hits and a walk while fanning nine. The junior pitched on either side of the delay and looked unphased. After 43 pitches before the delay, Rodon sped through the fourth, fifth, and sixth with only 41 more. His final pitch at Doak Field registered 95 mph on the stadium gun and resulted in a swinging strikeout.

Rodon retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced following the delay, at one point retiring nine in a row. His career strikeout total grows to 430 with the outing, good for fourth all-time in ACC history. His 111 strikeouts for the season ties Maryland’s Jake Stinnett for the conference lead. Over his last five outings, Rodon sports an 0.70 ERA with 51 strikeouts to 11 walks. His ERA for the season drops to 1.73.

Following Rodon’s exit, Eric Peterson and Will Gilbert combined to work the final two innings, holding the Deacons scoreless on one hit and one walk.

Preston Palmeiro submitted the Pack’s only multi-hit effort of the night, going 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs , and a run. Trea Turner reached base for the 19th-consecutive game. Garrett Suggs drove in a pair in a 1-for-3 effort with a run. Brett Austin scored twice in a 1-for-3 ballgame with an RBI, two walks, and a stolen base.

After two scoreless innings, the Wolfpack jumped ahead 3-0 in the third on a rally started by Logan Ratledge’s double to left center. Andrew Knizner reached on a fielding error next, putting runners on the corners with one away. Knizner broke up a double play opportunity with a hard slide at second to plate the game’s first run on Austin’s RBI. Chance Shepard drew a walk to put two on, and the pair advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. Another wild pitch scored Austin, and yet another scored Shepard after a Fincher walk to make it 3-0.

Suggs scored to make it 4-0 in the fourth on Ratledge’s RBI to third. After Wake trimmed the lead to 4-1 in the top of the seventh, State rallied to put the game away. Knizner drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on Austin’s single through the right side. With two down, Fincher singled through the right side to score Knizner. Palmeiro doubled to right center to drive in two more. Suggs sent a 2-RBI single down the right field line two batters later to extend the lead to 9-1.

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CHARLESTON, SC (UNCW) -- Luke Dunlap had three hits and Jordan Ramsey hurled six shutout innings as UNCW blanked the Citadel, 2-0, to even the non-conference series on Friday at Riley Park.

The Seahawks improved to 24-24 while ending a modest two-game skid. The Bulldogs fell to 20-30 with the home loss.

Ramsey (2-3), who has allowed just three runs in his last 16 innings, scattered four hits and a walk while striking out four. Secrest, the third UNCW pitcher of the game, picked up his fourth save of the season and struck out the side in the ninth.

Citadel starter Austin Mason (1-4) allowed one run, unearned, on five hits and a walk over six innings.
Dunlap posted his second straight three-game to lead the UNCW offense. Ryan LaGrange added a RBI single in the ninth.

Drew DeKerlegan had three hits for the Bulldogs.

Up next: The Seahawks and Bulldogs conclude their series with a 2 p.m. start on Sunday at Brooks Field.
How it happened: UNCW scored an unearned run in the top of the first. Steven Linkous led off with a walk and would score two batters later on a Dunlap single. Neither team would score until the UNCW top of the ninth.
Inside the box score: Both pitching staffs were dominant for the second straight game, limiting hitters to a combined 5-for-29 (.172) with runners on base … With two outs, UNCW was 1-for-9 while the Bulldogs were 1-for-10 … Ramsey retired consecutive batters with the bases loaded in the fourth to keep the Citadel off the board.

Notes: UNCW leads the all-time series, 8-5 … UNCW pitchers have combined for a 1.23 ERA over the last five games and opponents are hitting just .214 … Luke Dunlap (.326) has moved past Corey Dick (.325) for the team lead in batting average … UNCW is now 5-1 in shutouts … The Seahawks improved to 2-1 in minor league stadiums this season.

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DURHAM, NC (DUKE) -- Miami left-hander Chris Diaz limited the Blue Devils to one run over eight innings to lead the Hurricanes past the Duke baseball team, 6-1, Friday evening at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Diaz (9-0) surrendered just two hits and three walks, facing the minimum in six frames. Both Duke (30-19, 15-10 ACC) hits off of Diaz, a David Perkins triple and a Ryan Deitrich single, came in the fifth as the junior did not allow a runner into scoring position the rest of the way.

“You just tip your hat to him,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “[Diaz] was as good as advertised. By all scouting reports we had, we knew he had made a jump from last year to this year in terms of performance. He was really in control out there on the mound tonight. Moved it to both sides of the plate. Pitched off his cutter. I thought he threw his change-up a little more than we anticipated him to. He’s a very elite arm and he pitched a heckuva ballgame tonight.

Zack Collins provided the bulk of the offense for the Hurricanes as the first baseman went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Miami totaled seven hits against Duke starter Drew Van Orden (5-4), who worked 6.2 innings and struck out seven.

The first four Hurricane batters reached base in the top of the first, helping Miami (26-14, 20-5 ACC) to the early 3-0 advantage. Dale Carey bounced an infield single and Tyler Palmer was struck by a pitch, setting the tables for the middle of the order. Collins sent an RBI double to the gap in right center for the game’s opening run, and Willie Abreau followed with an RBI single off the left field wall. Collins crossed home on a double play ball before Van Orden got Johnny Ruiz looking to end the frame.

With the 3-0 lead in hand, Diaz retired 11 of the first 13 batters he faced to keep the Blue Devils off the scoreboard.

The shutout held until the bottom of the fifth when Perkins sent his first triple of the season off the Blue Monster in left field. Perkins would later scamper home on a passed ball to trim the deficit to 3-1.

Collins belted the first pitch of the sixth inning into the right center stands for his eighth home run of the season to regain Miami’s three-run advantage at 4-1.

The Hurricanes tacked on two more insurance runs in the seventh, providing an ample margin for Diaz and closer Cooper Hammond. After Miami loaded the bases on two walks and a single, the Hurricanes plated their fifth run on a double play ball. Collins then picked up his third RBI with a two-out base hit.

Duke and Miami square off in game two of the series Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Duke left-hander Trent Swart (4-1, 0.90 ERA) takes the mound for the Blue Devils opposite Miami southpaw Andrew Suarez (4-2, 2.64 ERA).

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Friday High School Scoreboard

Baseball
West Bladen 3
East Bladen 0
Clay Allen struck out 8

Softball
East Bladen 6
West Bladen 5

State Playoffs Girls Lacrosse
East Chapel Hill 16
Ashley 15 ** Click icon for video

Hoggard 17
Panther Creek 4

Durham Academy 14
Cape Fear Academy 2

State Playoffs Boys Lacrosse
Green Hope 13
Hoggard 12 ** Click icon for video

Apex 15
New Hanover 3

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CHAPEL HILL (UNC) -- D.J. Stewart had three doubles and drove in three runs, and Luke Weaver pitched 7.0 scoreless innings as No. 4 Florida State took game one of a three-game series against North Carolina 7-0 Friday night at Boshamer Stadium. Parks Jordan and Landon Lassiter had two hits each for the Tar Heels, who fell to 29-20 and 13-12 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Carolina's best chance against Weaver (7-3) came in the first when Skye Bolt and Lassiter reached on back-to-back one-out singles. But the junior righty got Michael Russell to ground out before striking out Tom Zengel to end the threat.

FSU (38-11, 18-7 ACC) got to Trent Thornton in unorthodox fashion in the second. With runners on second and third and two away, Thornton (7-3) missed high on an 0-2 pitch to Danny De La Calle. The ball got away from catcher Korey Dunbar, and Ben DeLuzio and Jose Brizuela both scored on the play to make it 2-0.

The 'Noles added a third run in the fourth on a bloop single by Justin Gonzalez, and that proved to be more than enough support for Weaver.

Carolina didn't get another runner to second until the seventh, when Jordan reached on a leadoff single and moved to second on a groundout. Weaver and Billy Strode combined on a six-hit shutout to snap UNC's four-game conference winning streak that dated back to the win over No. 1 Virginia on April 20.

The win, combined with Clemson's loss at Notre Dame, clinched the Atlantic Division title for Florida State and with it one of the top two seeds in the ACC tournament.

The series continues Saturday afternoon at 1 with Benton Moss opposing sophomore right-hander Mike Compton. Saturday's game will be televised live by the ACC Regional Sports Networks.

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TALLAHASSEE, FL (UNCW) -– UNCW senior Lori Beth Adams carded a 79 in the second round of the 2014 NCAA East Regional Friday at the SouthWood Golf Club.

Beginning the day part of a six-way tie for third, Adams moved into a nine-way tie for 37th with a 36-hole total of three-over-par 147 (68-79=147). She will begin Saturday’s final round at 8:40 a.m. on the No. 1 hole and will be paired with Kennesaw State’s Kaew Preamchuen and Penn State’s Christina Vosters.

Opening her second round of the 54-hole event on the back under windy conditions Friday afternoon, Adams would par the par-4 tenth hole before bogeys on each of the next four holes moved her to four-over-par for the day.
A birdie on the par-4 15th appeared to stem the tide for the Burlington, N.C., product, but a bogey on the on the par-4 18th would give her four-over-par score of 40 at the turn.

“Lori Beth started off the day on the 10th hole and after missing an opportunity for birdie there she bogeyed the next four holes which really changed the direction of her round,” said UNCW Head Coach Cindy Ho. “Tee shots hurt Lori Beth on the back side today as she would hit a good shot, but they always seemed to end up in a position where she either had to get up and down or make a long two-putt to save par.”

Heading to the front nine to complete her round, Adams posted a bogey on the par-4 second but got that stroke back with a birdie on the par-4 fourth. Bogeys on the fifth, sixth and nine holes would give Adams a three-over score of 39 on the front nine and complete her seven-over-par scorecard. “On the front, Lori Beth was able to find the fairway, but with the location of her tee shots and the wind, she was unable to hit the ball close on her approach shots,” said Ho. “That led to some extra strokes on the putting surface as she was looking at lengthy putts on nearly every hole, which starts to wear on a golfer after a while.”

Stanford’s Mariah Stackhouse leads the field with a five-under-par score of 139 (68-71) after the first two rounds of the 54-hole event. Duke teammates Celine Boutier (67-73=140) and Sandy Choi (72-68=140) are tied for second while four players are tied for third.

“Heading into tomorrow, Lori Beth has to manage the course,” said Ho. “She’s in the morning wave and will start on the front side, which is where she had the most success on Thursday. She can’t think about getting to the national championship, she just needs to post the lowest score she can and then let the chips fall where they may. Tomorrow is a brand-new day. That’s what great about golf.”

The 2014 NCAA East Regional is one of three NCAA regional events tournaments that features 24 teams and six individual entries. The top eight teams and two individuals not part of an advancing team from each of the three regional sites will qualify for the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships, scheduled to be played May 20-23 at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.

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CLEMSON, SC (UNCW) -– No. 14 Clemson won the doubles point and then waited out a 1:30 rain delay to down NCAA newbie UNCW, 4-0, in a first-round match in the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships at Clemson’s Hoke Sloan Tennis Center on Friday.

The Tigers, who tied for the regular season championship in the Atlantic Coast Conference, pushed their record to 21-6 on the season and will take on Auburn on Saturday at 1 p.m. for the opportunity to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

The Seahawks, appearing in the NCAA Regionals for the first time, had their 12-match winning streak snapped and closed out the year at 17-4.

“We came out a little tight and nervous, but once we got over that, we played very well,” said second-year Head Coach Evan Clark, the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association Coach-of-the-Year. “I was pleased with how we played across the board after the first couple games. Unfortunately, it was a little too late.”

The two teams tangled in doubles first and began singles action before entering a rain delay at 3 p.m. When play resumed at 4:30 p.m., Clemson continued in control and closed out the match without surrendering a point.

In doubles action, Clemson’s No. 2 team of Romy Koelzer and Tristen Dewar defeated UNCW’s Angie Sekely and Alyssa Ritchie, 8-2, to be the first off the court and the No. 3 tandem of Joana Eidukonyte and Jessy Rompies clinched the early point with an 8-3 decision against Kelly Cameron and Miller Hales.

Clemson’s Beatrica Gumulya, ranked No. 100 by the ITA, gave the Tigers a 2-0 advantage at No. 3 singles when she beat CAA Rookie-of-the-Year Annika Sillanpaa, 6-0, 6-1. Yana Koroleva, ranked 34th nationally, topped Angie Sekely, 6-2, 6-2, at the top of the lineup for a 3-0 cushion.

Dewar then delivered the clincher at No. 4 singles with a 6-1, 6-3, triumph against Ritchie, ending a historic season for the Seahawks.

“This team will go down as the best ever at UNCW and this loss doesn’t take anything away from what they accomplished,” said Clark. “In my opinion, Clemson could be a top-4 team and they could win a national championship…they are that good.

“Clemson played very, very well in singles and came out with guns blazing. We were on defense a lot. We had some tough conditions to play in with the move indoors, but we hung in there and fought to the last ball.”

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