BLACKSBURG, VA. - NC State?s Friday night game with Virginia Tech was suspended when a bank of lights on the third base line went dark in the middle of the 10th inning. The game will resume tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th on Saturday at 2 p.m., with game two following the conclusion of game one.
The Wolfpack took a 2-0 lead with one-run innings in the first and second, before Tech rallied back with one run in the third, and another in the fifth. The two teams battled for four and a half scoreless innings before the delay. After 30 minutes, the lights returned to working order, but both coaches reached an agreement to suspend the game due to concerns over the players? health.
Carlos Rodon pitched the first 7 1/3 innings, striking out 11 while holding the Hokies to two runs, one earned, on five hits and four walks. The freshman came up one strikeout short of tying his career-high, and will end up with the no decision.
Trea Turner and Chris Diaz produced a run for the Pack in the top of the first, taking a 1-0 lead on Diaz?s RBI single. Turner hit a groundball single up the middle to lead off the game, then stole second to set up Diaz?s RBI single through the right side. Turner?s run represents the sixth time in the last seven games the freshman has scored in the first inning, and his 14-consecutive game with at least one run scored.
State added a run to make it 2-0 in the second. Andrew Ciencin led off the inning with a triple when two Hokies collided violently on his fly to shallow right center. Jake Fincher drove him in with an infield single up the middle. Logan Ratledge reached on a fielder?s choice, and Turner was hit by a pitch to put two on. Diaz tried to bunt the pair over, but was called out when the umpire ruled the ball hit him on his way out of the box. With two away, Ratledge and Turner executed a double steal, but the effort proved fruitless as Andrew Aizenstadt struck out his fourth of the game to end the inning.
The Hokies trimmed the lead to 2-1 in the third, but left the bases loaded. Rodon struck out the first batter of the inning, walked the next, then struck out a second. Mark Zagunis doubled to the wall in left, his second of the game, scoring Alex Perez from first. Rodon hit the next batter, then walked Carson Helms to load the bases. With the count full and two away, Rodon blew a high fastball by Tyler Horan for the third out to escape the jam.
Rodon?s control issues continued to plague him in the fourth, but the freshman survived again. After hitting the lead-off batter, and getting the first out on a sac bunt, Rodon struck out his seventh of the game for the second out. A walk and a hit batsman loaded the bases for the second time in as many innings, but Rodon responded again with a strikeout to strand three.
Virginia Tech tied the game 2-2 with a two-out rally in the fifth. Rodon mowed down the first two batters of the inning easily, but Horan reached by peeling a single around Ciencin?s dive at first. Brendon Hayden dropped a single into center, but Fincher?s attempt to gun down the lead runner at third sailed into the Hokie dugout, scoring Horan and bringing Hayden to third. Rodon induced a grounder to short from the next batter to leave Hayden stranded.
Live radio coverage of the conclusion of game one, and the entirety of game two, will be provided by 88.1 WKNC, fans can follow Twitter updates from @NCStateBaseball, and live stats will be available on GoPack.com.