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President Obama To Announce Innovation Institute At NCSU Wed

RALEIGH – President Barack Obama will announce a new manufacturing innovation institute and address the economy in front of students and others at N.C.State’s Reynolds Coliseum Wednesday afternoon.

According to an Obama administration release, the President will announce N.C.State as the leader of six universities and 18 private-sector companies that will be a part of the “Next Generation Power Electronics Innovation Institute”. The institute will invest in manufacturing technology that can make chips and devices smaller and more efficient.

The Triangle’s economy continues to show positive signs as outlined in the unemployment rate of Orange, Durham, and Wake counties. All three were in the top seven in the state of lowest unemployment rates in November.

Five hundred tickets were handed out to NCSU students who will likely also hear President Obama speak in favor of U.S. Senator Kay Hagan. The North Carolina democrat says she will not make the trip to Raleigh because the senate is currently in session.

Tune in to WCHL in the 1:00 p.m. hour Wednesday to hear the President’s speech live from N.C.State’s campus. Carolina Connection’s Zach Mayo will be in attendance and will provide a report.


Johnson Shuts Out NCSU, 7-0; Sends Them Packing

Photo Courtesy: Go Heels

OMAHA, NEB. –UNC’s Hobbs Johnson combined with reliever Chris McCue on a five-hitter to help the Tar Heels stay alive in the College World Series with a 7-0 shutout over rival North Carolina State on Thursday night.

Johnson set a career high of 8 1/3 innings pitched, and hurled 132 pitches, most of them fastballs. 

“For pretty much the whole post season and in the Virginia Series, I’ve been throwing  the fastball for the most part. It’s worked outside the game against South Carolina. Today I had better command that I did against South Carolina and Florida Atlantic. I was able to get ahead today and get some defensive swings,” Johnson said.

UNC’s left-hander out shown the Wolfpack’s Carlos Rodon, who took to the mound with three days rest after getting the win over the Tar Heels on Sunday. Rodon was pulled in fifth inning after allowing two UNC runs. Carolina Head Coach Mike Fox said he wasn’t surprised that Rodon started for the Wolfpack, though.

“It’s hard when you are in elimination games to not put that boy [Rodon] out there after he only threw 108 pitches. He’s as strong as a bull. I know it was a tough decision for his staff, but you don’t want any regrets leaving here, and I think they would have if they hadn’t of pitched him,” Fox said.

ACC Player of the Year, Colin Moran, led the Carolina (59-11) attack with his second consecutive three-hit game.  Moran had two RBIs and Michael Russell added three more to help the Heels in their dominant offensive performance. Moran led off the top of the fourth inning with a single and was advanced to second on a throwing error by Rodon, attempting to get the force-out on a bunt by Holberton.

“Going into it, I wanted to make him [Rodon] throw a lot of pitches because he had pitched a few days ago and had a high pitch count. Landon’s at bat in the first inning set the tone and gave us a good idea of what to do when we went up there,” Holberton said about facing Rodon for the fifth time this season.

Cody Stubbs then had an excellent at-bat, fighting off several pitches from Rodon, eventually earning the walk. On a Michael Russell fly-out to left field, Holberton scored the first run of the game from third base by avoiding the tag out at home plate. NC State Head Coach Elliot Avent was threatened with ejection after he argued the call.

Parks Jordan was hit by a pitch to lead off the fifth inning. Chaz Frank laid down a sacrifice bunt that advanced Jordan to second. Landon Lassiter moved Jordan to third base on a ground-out to second. Colin Moran then brought Jordan home on a line drive single, increasing the lead to 2-0.

In the eighth inning, NC State’s reliever Brad Stone was brought on for Rodon. Stone walked Moran and Stubbs and then threw a wild pitch, hitting Bolt on a 3-2 count, to load the bases. Michael Russell came up with a big single to center field with two outs and two strikes that scored Stubbs and Moran. Zolk then drove in Russell and Bolt on a line drive double to right field, Tar Heels up 6-0.

Carolina scored the final run of the game in the ninth inning on a Moran single to left center that scored Jordan.

McCue came on in the bottom of the inning to relieve Johnson and sealed the victory, getting the final two outs.

With the win, UNC takes the rubber match, 3-2, over NC State, who finished their season with a record of 50-16.

Carolina next faces UCLA Friday at 8 p.m. ET. The Tar Heels will have to beat the Bruins twice to advance to the CWS Finals.  You can hear Friday’s game on 97.9 FM WCHL and streaming online at Chapelboro.com.




Wolfpack Adds Alabama Transfer Lacey to Program

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina State has added Alabama transfer Trevor Lacey.

Lacey will sit out this season and have two years of eligibility. In a statement from the school Tuesday, coach Mark Gottfried said Lacey “is a winner and really understands the game.”

The 6-foot-3 guard started 52 of 69 games over two seasons. Last year, he averaged 11.3 points and 3.8 rebounds while starting all 36 games. He also led the team with 62 3-pointers.

Lacey was a five-star prospect and Parade All-American when he chose the home-state Crimson Tide after being recruited by Kentucky, Kansas and Connecticut, among others. In April, Alabama coach Anthony Grant had called Lacey’s decision to leave “a family decision to pursue other opportunities.”

Gottfried was Grant’s predecessor at Alabama, coaching there from 1998-2009.


UCLA defeats Wolfpack 2-1 at College World Series

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Nick Vander Tuig scattered four hits over seven-plus innings and UCLA produced just enough offense to defeat North Carolina State 2-1 in the College World Series on Tuesday night.

UCLA (46-17) moved within one victory of next week’s best-of-three finals. The Wolfpack (50-15) will play an elimination game against North Carolina on Thursday.

UCLA used two walks, two singles and a wild pitch to scratch out a couple runs and go up 2-1 in the fifth. Two innings before, Vander Tuig tagged out a runner at the plate to keep the Wolfpack from adding to a 1-0 lead.

Vander Tuig (13-4) retired 13 of 14 batters heading into the eighth inning. David Berg came on after Vander Tuig gave up a leadoff single to Bryan Adametz. Berg worked out of trouble in the eighth and earned his NCAA record-tying 23rd save.

NC State starter Logan Jernigan (1-1) took the loss.