Inside the numbers: N.C. State

Published: Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 11:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 11:14 p.m.

Five statistics that jump out at you when you look at Florida’s super regional opponent North Carolina State:

1. Road record

The Wolfpack were awfully good at home, but away from the friendly confines they were only 10-12. Florida was excellent at home all year including a sweep of the regionals and has won its last two super regionals at McKethan Stadium.

2. Trea Turner

You want speed? This guy has it. He has stolen an amazing 56 bases this year in 60 attempts. It sets up for a great matchup against Florida catcher Mike Zunino, the third pick of the MLB draft, who has thrown out 20 players attempting to steal base out of 65 attempts.

3. Heeee struck him out

Carlos Rodon might have been the first pick in the draft if he was eligible. The Wolfpack pitcher is not only unbeaten this year, he has struck out 132 batters in 111.2 innings. Florida batters, by contrast, have struck out only 16 percent of the time in their 2,105 at-bats.

4. Then again …

Rodon has been brilliant but the rest of the North Carolina State staff has been middle of the road. Combined, the non-Rodon pitchers have an ERA of 4.18, which isn’t bad but is hardly overwhelming.

5. They can be offensive

They are different leagues but with comparable talent. That’s what makes some of the N.C. State offensive stats stand out. The Wolfpack would rank first in the SEC in walks (261), runs (428) and doubles (147).

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