Wolfpack head coach Elliott Avent elected to start senior lefthander Alex Sogard against the Tigers, and he responded with a strong outing. Sogard pitched six innings and allowed just three earned runs on six hits to secure his second win of the season.
Leading the way offensively for the Wolfpack, one of the best offenses in the ACC, was the top of the lineup as State's first five hitters combined to go 13-25 (.520) with two homers and all 13 RBIs. Leadoff hitter Kyle Wilson went 4-of-5 with a home run and four RBIs to pace the attack.
The key to the game was State's effective sixth inning at the plate. The Wolfpack had runners on first and third with two outs when Wilson singled to drive in the first run of the inning. State used four straight singles to drive in the next four runs and take a commanding lead.
State added two more runs in the seventh on a Dallas Poulk two-run homer. Clemson pulled to within two runs in the bottom of the eighth on a three-run pitch-hit homer by Will Lamb, but State added three more runs in the top of the ninth for insurance.
Regular starter Cori Mazzoni came to finish off the game in the ninth and had back-to-back strikeouts to secure the win.
NC State improved to 37-20 on the season and is 1-0 in the ACC Tournament. The Wolfpack doesn't play today but returns to the diamond Friday night at 8:00 pm against No. 3 seed Georgia Tech. State won two of three games against the Yellow Jackets during the regular season, and ace Jake Buchanan is expected to start the game for the Wolfpack.