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NC State's Carlos Rodon shuts out Tar Heels for 8 innings in 8-1 win at College World Series

North Carolina State's Carlos Rodon pitched eight shutout innings and the Wolfpack knocked ACC pitcher of the year Kent Emanuel out of the game early in an 8-1 victory in their College World Series opener Sunday.

Rodon (10-2) held the No. 1 national seed Tar Heels hitless into the fifth inning. He allowed five hits and struck out eight.

It was the sophomore left-hander's second straight dominating performance against the Tar Heels. Three weeks ago he allowed one hit and struck out 14 in 10 innings in a 2-1, 18-inning loss in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

The Wolfpack (50-14) play either LSU or UCLA on Tuesday. The Tar Heels (57-11) are one loss from elimination.

Brett Williams, Bryan Adametz and Logan Ratledge had two hits apiece for the Wolfpack.

Emanuel (11-4) failed to get out of the third inning for a second straight start.