N.C. State Notebook: Rodon pitches into the ninth despite not having best stuff

wrupard@newsobserver.comJune 8, 2013 

Before Saturday’s game against N.C. State, Rice coach Wayne Graham said he wanted to work the count against N.C. State starting pitcher Carlos Rodon in order to get to him later in the game.

Despite following this strategy and working deep into the count, Rodon pitched into the ninth inning, throwing 133 pitches in 8 1/3 innings, walking two and striking out nine.

“I didn’t have everything in my arsenal today,” Rodon said. “I struggled with the slider early and in the later innings I got back to where the command was good.”

Rice’s Stringer stays hot

Rice senior second baseman Christian Stringer continued his hot streak with two hits, including the game-tying home run in the fifth and the go-ahead RBI double in the ninth.

In his past 11 games, Stringer is hitting .465 with 11 runs scored. Stringer was named the Most Valuable Player of the Conference USA Tournament and followed that performance by being selected to the Eugene all-regional team.

Owls have proven to be resilient

Rice has already been faced with a win-or-go home situation so far in this postseason.

After losing a game to Oregon once, Rice fought off elimination and knocked off No. 8 national seed Oregon with an 11-4 victory.

Rice must now win the final two games of the Super Regional to advance to the College World Series.

A retro look in Raleigh

The N.C. State baseball team donned new uniforms Saturday.

The Adidas retro jerseys featured two red stripes around a thick black stripe across the front with N.C. State written in white lettering.

Center fielder Brett Williams thinks they may make a comeback.

“Baseball is a superstitious game,” Williams said. “If you win in a new jersey, you’ll probably see it again.”

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