The Wolfpack sent junior Ethan Ogburn to the mound to face the Gators, rather than freshman sensation Carlos Rodon (who is a Golden Spikes Award finalist and will pitch on Sunday).
The Gators jumped out with a four-spot in the bottom of the 3rd inning. They had four singles, while there was a passed ball and a throwing error.
Meanwhile, Florida starter Hudson Randall scattered six hits over seven scoreless innings. NC State only had two base runners on in the same inning twice, both times with two outs.
After a Preston Tucker walk to lead off the bottom of the 7th inning and a Wolfpack pitching change, the game was halted due to rain (for a little over two hours).
And when play resumed, the rain began falling again and Mike Zunino hit a two-run homerun. They went into another delay in the top of the 8th inning (for 48 minutes).
Florida leads the series 1-0 and will be looking to take Sunday’s Game 2 (1pm ET on ESPNU). NC State is looking to their young stud to send the series to Monday afternoon and a trip to the College World Series.
*Florida State and Stanford were supposed to play Game 2 of their Super Regional in Tallahassee, but rain forced the postponement. Game 2 will be played on Sunday at 7pm ET on ESPN2. If FSU wins, they are headed to the College World Series. If Stanford wins, there will be a Game 3 on Monday.