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Wolfpack's Rodon still aiming for late-year surge

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 8, 2014 at 2:33 pm •  Published: May 8, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Even as the losses add up, North Carolina State's Carlos Rodon is pitching with the same workhorse approach that has made him a candidate to be the No. 1 overall draft pick.

The junior left-hander is still hoping to lead a late-season surge in a disappointing season for N.C. State, which entered the year hoping to return to the College World Series but is currently fighting just to qualify for the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Rodon is likely to make his final home start Friday against Wake Forest. He entered the week tied for fifth nationally with 102 strikeouts, while ranking second in the ACC in innings pitched and ERA.

Rodon says the team will "get on a roll," but adds, "hopefully it's in time."