Hobson allowed three runs in the first inning on a three-run homer by UNC's Chad Flack, but bounced back to lockdown North Carolina's potent offensive attack. He allowed just seven hits the rest of the game, pitching all nine innings to complete NC State's first complete game of the season.
The game was considered a duel between two of the league's top pitchers as Hobson entered with an 8-1 mark and UNC's Andrew Miller, one of the country's top pro prospects, finished the regular season with an 11-1 record. However it was Hobson who shined today. Miller was roughed up for six hits and seven runs in six innings of work.
The Wolfpack's offense lacked the firepower it possessed all season, but managed to score runs by playing "small ball."
NC State loaded the bases in the third inning and then scored four runs on just one hit, an RBI-single by Jon Still. A hit batsman and two groundouts led to the Wolfpack's other three runs in the inning.
In the fifth inning, the Wolfpack struck again. After loading the bases with no outs, NC State scored three runs on just one hit, an RBI-single by catcher Caleb Mangum.
The three runs gave the Wolfpack a 7-3 advantage, and that would be all the support that Hobson needed. Two more runs on an RBI-double by Brian Aragon led to the final score, a 9-3 victory for NC State.
The win had to be sweet for the Wolfpack, as the team was swept this season by the Tar Heels in the regular season.
NC State (36-19) faces Virginia (46-11) Thursday afternoon in the winner's bracket at 4:00 pm while North Carolina (45-12) meets Florida State (39-18) at 10:00 am in an elimination game for both teams.