RALEIGH — Bryan Adametz did more than enough to earn a game ball from N.C. States series-opening win against Florida State Saturday.
After driving in two runs and saving another with his defense during the Wolfpacks 3-1 win at Doak Field, the senior outfielder decided to make an executive decision about the game ball.
I just kept it for myself, said Adametz, who caught the final out.
Winning pitcher Carlos Rodon, who gave up one run in eight innings, had no problem with giving Adametz props for the Wolfpacks 21st win in the past 22 games.
Adametz threw out Florida States D.J. Stewart at home to end the third inning and then delivered a two-run single in the fourth. He started his eventful Senior Day with a circus catch in the first inning on a pop-up by Marcus Davis near the left field bullpen.
That was a huge throw and he had a big-time hit, Rodon said. Bryan performed on Senior Day and he has performed all year.
In a game between the ACC Atlantic Divisions top teams and top-10 teams nationally, Rodon (7-2) settled in after a slow start for his fourth straight win and sixth in as many decisions. The sophomore lefty struck out eight, including Jose Brizuela on his final and 133rd pitch of the afternoon, to give N.C. State (39-11, 16-8 ACC) a half-game lead over Florida State (40-10, 16-9).
N.C. State made the Super Regional last year, the third time since 2003, but all three have been on the road. The outcome of this series with the Seminoles, No. 9 in the Baseball America Top 25 and No. 5 in the RPI, will go a long way in helping either team with their postseason resumes.
Its a very important series, Rodon said. I would say it determines a national seed.
Wolfpack coach Elliott Avent, whose team is ranked No. 5 by Baseball America, isnt quite ready to talk about NCAA tournament implications. The Wolfpack has not won a series against Florida State since 2005 and there is also the matter of finishing the regular season.
We can talk about (the postseason), but theres five games left in the regular season so that would be just speculation, Avent said. Well enjoy this for a bit but weve got to come back and be ready to play. Theyre obviously a really good baseball team.
The Wolfpack took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third after manufacturing a run on the basepaths. Second baseman Logan Ratledge singled, stole second and then reached third on a wild pitch. Florida State starter Luke Weaver (5-2) struck out Jake Fincher but it was on another wild pitch, which allowed Ratledge to score.
In the fourth, N.C. States Tarran Senay led off with a single and Jake Armstrong doubled with two outs before they both scored on Adametzs single up the middle to give Rodon a 3-0 lead.
I was just trying to make plays for Carlos, Adametz said. We all trust him and wanted to get a lead for him.
Rodon improved to 12-1 in ACC starts in his two college seasons. The Seminoles had runners on first and second with none out in the second inning, but after a fielders choice, Rodon struck out John Sansone and Giovanny Alfonzo to end the inning.
In the third, Stewart tried to score from second base on a single by Marcus Davis but Adametz threw him out at the plate.
The Seminoles finally scored on Rodon in the eighth inning with a two-out, RBI double by first baseman John Nogowski. Jameis Winston followed with his third single of the game but Nogowski stopped at third. Rodon then struck out Brizuela to end the threat.
Chris Overman worked a perfect ninth inning for his sixth save of the season.