Carlos Rodon worked eight innings Saturday, throwing 133 pitches in the process, and NC State moved one step closer to earning a national seed. Rodon limited Florida State to just one run, holding the Seminoles scoreless through the first seven innings.
FSU starter Luke Weaver pitched well also--the two teams combined for just a pair of extra base hits on the day--but his inability to escape a two-out jam in the fourth proved to be the difference in the game. Tarran Senay began the frame with a single, but Weaver got the next two batters and appeared on his way to stranding Senay. Then Jake Armstrong doubled on a 1-2 pitch to put runners on second and third, and Bryan Adametz came through with a single to plate the both of them, giving NC State a 3-0 lead at that point. The Pack would only muster two more hits the rest of the way, but Rodon made sure no more scoring would be necessary.
The win put NC State back in first in the Atlantic, a half game up on both Clemson and Florida State. Those two meet next weekend. The Wolfpack has 17 wins over teams in the RPI top 50, and only three schools in the country can claim more. Get the FSU series and get two at Duke next weekend and I think we can feel pretty good about a national seed. The ACC tournament will also provide more opportunities for quality wins.