Box Score: N.C. State 13 Clemson 8
Kyle Wilson went 4-for-5 with four runs and four RBIs to lead the
Wolfpack's 16-hit attack and N.C. State scored five two-out runs in
the sixth inning to take the lead for good in its 13-8 victory over
No. 16 Clemson in front of 4,893 fans in the ACC Tournament at NewBridge
Bank Park on Wednesday night. The Wolfpack, who moved to 1-0 in the
ACC Tourney, improved to 37-20 on the season, while the Tigers, who
dropped to 0-1 in the ACC Tourney, fell to 37-20 in 2010.
The Tigers took a 4-3 lead on Jeff Schaus' two-run homer in the fifth
inning, but N.C. State rallied with five two-out singles to score
five runs in the sixth inning and added five more runs in the final
three innings to seal the victory.
N.C. State starter Alex Sogard (2-2) earned the win. He allowed six
hits, four runs (three earned), and no walks with three strikeouts in
6.0 innings pitched.
Alex Frederick (6-2), the second of five Tiger hurlers, suffered the
loss, as he yielded four runs on three hits in 0.1 innings
pitched. Starter Casey Harman allowed five hits with eight
strikeouts in 5.1 innings pitched, while Kevin Brady allowed no walks
with six strikeouts in 2.1 innings pitched. The five Tiger pitchers
combined to strike out a team-season-high 14 batters. However, N.C.
State stung the Tigers for nine hits in 14 at-bats with runners in
scoring position, as N.C. State scored nine of its 13 runs with two outs.
The Tigers grabbed the game's first lead in the first inning. Brad Miller led off with a single up the middle. Two batters later,
Schaus laced a double to left-center to score Miller. Kyle Parker
then ripped a liner that was headed for right field, but
second-baseman Dallas Poulk made a diving catch to rob Parker of a
hit and threw to second to double off Schaus for the inning-ending out.
N.C. State responded with two runs in the second inning to take the
lead. Harold Riggins led off with a triple that centerfielder Chris Epps misjudged off the bat. Andrew Ciencin lined the next pitch to
left field for a single to score Riggins. Ciencin went to second on
the play when Schaus booted the ball in left. Ciencin advanced to
third on Pratt Maynard's groundout to second. After Chris Schaeffer
and Russell Wilson both walked on 3-2 pitches to load the bases, Matt Bergquist popped up in the infield for out #2. But Kyle Wilson
walked on another 3-2 pitch to bring home Ciencin.
In the third inning, Miller belted a two-out single to right field
and Mike Freeman followed with a walk on a 3-2 pitch. Schaus then
hit a slow roller to third base on a check swing and reached on a
single. Ciencin's throw to first was errant and Miller came around
to score on the error to tie the score 2-2.
Kyle Wilson gave the Wolfpack the lead when he led off the top of the
fifth inning with an opposite-field homer down the right-field line,
his seventh long ball of the season.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Freeman flared a two-out double to
center and scored on Schaus' long two-run homer to right field, his
14th long ball of the season, to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead.
N.C. State scored five runs on five two-out, run-scoring singles in
the sixth inning to regain the lead. Schaeffer lined a one-out
double down the left-field line and pinch-hitter Tarran Senay
walked. After Senay was retired at second base on Bergquist's
fielder's choice, Kyle Wilson bounced a two-out single over
first-baseman Richie Shaffer to score Schaeffer. Poulk followed with
a liner off the wall in right field for a single that plated
Bergquist, then Drew Poulk, who earlier extended his hitting streak
to 16 games, singled up the middle to score Wilson. Riggins kept the
two-out rally alive when he grounded another single up the middle to
score Dallas Poulk, then Ciencin lined a single to left-center to
plate Drew Poulk.
Kyle Wilson hit a two-out single through the left side in the top of
the seventh inning and Dallas Poulk followed with an opposite-field,
two-run homer to left field, his 11th long ball of the year, to up
N.C. State's lead to 10-4.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Miller lined a two-out double to
left field and scored on Freeman's single to left field.
The Tigers cut further into the Wolfpack lead in the eighth
inning. Parker led off with an infield single. Two batters later,
Shaffer blooped a single to left-cetner. Two batters later with two
outs, pinch-hitter Will Lamb belted a three-run homer to
right-center, his third long ball of the season, to narrow N.C.
State's lead to 10-8.
However, N.C. State answered with three runs of its own in the top of
the ninth inning. John Gianis led off with a double down the
left-field line. After Bergquist was unsuccessful on two bunt
attempts, he singled to right field on an 0-2 pitch to advance Gianis
to third. Kyle Wilson then hit a high flyball to right-center that
fell for a single to plate Gianis. After Bergquist and Wilson moved
up a base on Dallas Poulk's sacrifice bunt and Drew Poulk was
intentionally walked to load the bases, Riggins lofted a sacrifice
fly down the right-field line to bring home Bergquist as the other
two runners moved up a base as well. Ciencin then grounded a single
through the right side to score Wilson, but Parker threw out Drew
Poulk at the plate to end the inning.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Freeman drew a one-out walk and
Schaus followed with a hit-by-pitch. But Parker struck out looking
on a close pitch and John Hinson struck out swinging to end the game.
Kyle Wilson went 4-for-5 with a homer, four RBIs, four runs, and a
walk to lead the Wolfpack, while Ciencin went 3-for-6 with three
RBIs. Dallas Poulk went 2-for-5 with a homer, three RBIs, and two
runs as well. The top-five batters in the N.C. State lineup combined
to go 13-for-25 (.520).
Miller went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs for Clemson, who had
11 hits. Schaus went 3-for-4 with a homer, double, and three RBIs,
while Freeman went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI, run, and two
walks. Miller, Freeman, and Schaus, the top-three batters in
Clemson's lineup, combined to go 8-for-12 (.667) with a homer, three
doubles, four RBIs, and five runs.
N.C. State snapped Clemson's six-game winning streak in the series
after the Tigers swept the Wolfpack in each of the last two
regular-season series. The Tigers, who gave up their most runs in an
ACC Tourney game since 1986, also fell to 17-11 all-time against the
Wolfpack in ACC Tournament play.
Wednesday's game marked Clemson's first game in the city of
Greensboro, NC since May 19, 1951, when Duke defeated the Tigers 5-0
in the Southern Conference Tournament.
Clemson will have a day off on Thursday before it plays No. 18-ranked
and No. 6-seed Virginia Tech on Friday at 4:00 PM.
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