NC State’s baseball game with Miami postponed; now comes a logjam

calexander@newsobserver.comMarch 28, 2014 

— N.C. State and Miami weren’t able to finish their ACC baseball game Friday night because of rain – even though it hardly rained.

As for Saturday, that could be unusual too.

The opener of the 3-game series at Doak Field was suspended with the Wolfpack batting in the bottom of the sixth inning and the score tied 1-1. Normally, the game would resume the next day and be followed by the second game.

But the second game of the series is scheduled for a 1 p.m start Saturday and will be shown by Fox Sports Carolinas. Because of the TV scheduling, the second game will be played first and then the suspended game will be completed.

Another potential problem: there’s more rain in the forecast.

“The TV game preempts everything, so now we can’t start a game until 1 o’clock,” N.C. State coach Elliott Avent said. “What could happen with the forecast tomorrow, we could play a few innings and have two suspended games. And then if you don’t play anymore Saturday, which one do you start first on Sunday?

“It’s a little bit of mess right now.”

The No. 25 Wolfpack, looking to end a six-game ACC losing streak, had southpaw Carlos Rodon on the mound Friday. The Hurricanes turned to their junior left-hander, Chris Diaz, who is 5-0 this season. Both pitched well.

Rodon allowed a run in the first, giving up four hits in six innings with five strikeouts and three walks. Diaz gave up just one hit – a single by Brett Austin in the fourth – in 51/3 innings, with four strikeouts and two walks.

“This is an important game, one of those swing games, where if you win this it turns you around pretty quick,” Rodon said.

But after Austin took a swing and lost the grip on his bat in the sixth, with rain falling, the game was suspended and the tarp was pulled over the infield. Only a light rain was falling – but heavier rain was said to be on the way – when the game was called at 9 p.m. after a delay of 1 hour, 20 minutes.

“There’s nothing you can do. It happens,” Rodon said.

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