The Tigers, who swept the series 3-0, improved to 13-1 overall and 3-0 in the ACC. The Wolfpack fell to 11-4 overall and 0-3 in ACC play.
The Tigers jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second inning, but N.C.
State chipped away at the lead and eventually took a 6-5 lead in the
seventh inning. But the Tigers took advantage of three straight walks
with two outs in the eighth inning to score two runs. Wolfpack
pitchers combined to walk eight batters in the game and 26 in the
Tiger freshman righthander Jonathan Meyer (1-0) earned his first
career win, as he retired all six batters he faced to close out the
game. Wolfpack reliever Grant Sasser (2-1) suffered the loss, as he
gave up one hit, two runs, and two walks in 0.2 innings pitched.
For the third game in a row, the Wolfpack took the game's first lead.
In the top of the second inning, Drew Poulk reached on an error with
one out and went to second on Chris Schaeffer's walk. Two batters
later, Chris Diaz grounded a two-out single up the middle to score
Clemson responded with four runs to take the lead in the bottom of
the second inning. Wilson Boyd led off with a walk and Richie Shaffer
followed with a single through the left side. After Brad Miller moved
both runners up a base on a sacrifice bunt, Jason Stolz ripped the
first pitch he saw to left field for a single to score Boyd and
Shaffer. Two batters later with two outs, Epps walked and Mike Freeman
did the same to load the bases. Schaus then grounded a single through
the right side to plate Stolz and Epps, giving the Tigers a 4-1 lead.
In the fifth inning, Schaeffer led off with a walk. Two batters
later, Diaz was hit-by-pitch, then John Gianis lined a single to right-
center to score Schaeffer. Dallas Poulk followed with a single to
center on a 1-2 pitch to plate Diaz to narrow Clemson's lead to 4-3.
With one out in the top of the sixth inning, Drew Poulk tied the
score when he hit a towering solo home run to left field, his third
long ball of the season.
Clemson came right back and took the lead in the bottom of the sixth
inning. Miller drew a one-out walk and went to second on pinch-hitter
John Hinson's single through the left side. Two batters later, Epps
lined a two-out single to right field to score Miller.
In the seventh inning, Diaz led off with a single to right-center and
Gianis followed with a walk. Dallas Poulk's sacrifice bunt moved the
runners up a base, then Andrew Ciencin's groundout plated Diaz to tie
the score. Pratt Maynard untied the score when he hit a two-out single
to right-center to score Gianis.
In the eighth inning, Hinson hit a one-out single to right field and
Phil Pohl followed with a hit-by-pitch. Two batters later with two
outs, Freeman walked to load the bases. After being down in the count
0-2, Schaus worked another walk to plate Hinson and tie the score. The
Wolfpack brought in Russell Wilson to the mound to face Parker in a
battle of ACC quarterbacks. Parker walked on five pitches to bring
home Pohl for the go-ahead run.
Meyer retired all three batters in order in the ninth inning to seal
the win, capped by Schaus' sliding, shoestring catch in foul territory
off the bat of Dallas Poulk for the final out.
Clemson, who outhit N.C. State 9-6, was led at the plate by Hinson.
For the second game in a row, he came off the bench and registered two
hits, including a key single in the eighth inning that started
Clemson's rally. Schaus added a game-high three RBIs as well.
Diaz had a team-high two hits and two runs for the Wolfpack.
Clemson will play at Charlotte on Tuesday at 6:00 PM.
Tigers sweep away N.C. State
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