Rodon a Golden Spikes Semifinalist

RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State's Carlos Rodon represents the only remaining freshman among the 2012 Golden Spikes Award semifinalists, released Tuesday by USA Baseball.

The announcement comes just days after Rodon unleashed a 12-strikeout, shutout performance over nine innings against North Carolina in the ACC Tournament. With the outing, Rodon climbed to fourth on NC State's single season strikeout list with 126 for the year.

The Holly Springs, N.C. native already took ACC Pitcher and Freshman of the Year honors, and still remains in the running for the NCBWA's Dick Howser Trophy. Rodon represents the only freshman on either list.

In addition to his conference accolades, Rodon was one of three Wolfpackers named to the All-ACC First team, and figures to play a factor in upcoming announcements for All-American and the Freshman All-American teams.

On May 26, Aaron Fitt from Baseball America said of Rodon: "Said it before, but I'll reiterate after seeing Rodon tonight: If he were draft-eligible, he would go first overall [in this year's MLB draft]."

Fans have an opportunity to vote for the Golden Spikes Award beginning Tuesday. The rest of the Golden Spikes Award voting timeline is included below:

Tuesday, May 29 -- 30 semifinalists announced, selected by USA Baseball officials, semifinalist voting begins, voters select three
Friday, June 1 -- Deadline to vote for finalists, 5 p.m. ET
Tuesday, June 5 -- Three finalists announced, finalist voting begins, voters to select one
Friday, June 15 -- Deadline to vote for winner, 5 p.m. ET
Friday, July 6 -- Live Golden Spikes Award presentation in-studio on MLB Network's The Rundown

Fans will have a chance to see Rodon at least one more time at Doak Field at Dail Park this weekend during the Raleigh regional.

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