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NC State breaks out the broom, sweeps Furman in lopsided fashion

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The powerful Pack have a 12-4 homer advantage over their opponents so far in 2018

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NC State had as many home runs as Furman managed hits as the Pack completed the sweep of the Paladins in comfortable fashion, winning 9-0 on a rainy Sunday afternoon at the Doak at Dail. Brock Deatherage, Brett Kinneman, and David Vazquez accounted for the long balls for Elliott Avent’s crew, while David Harrison, Nolan Clenney, and Kent Klyman combined on the three-hit shutout.

State outscored Furman 28-2 in the weekend series and went a perfect 5-0 on the week including victories over NC A&T and Charlotte.

Deatherage and Dillon Cooper both tallied three total hits for the Pack. Deatherage scored twice and drove in two. Cooper had a double and a stolen base.

Kinneman homered in each game of the series—including two Friday—bringing his season total to five to go with 17 RBI in just eight games. Kinneman had two hits, scored twice, stole a bag, and even made a fine running grab in leftfield as his breakout junior season continued.

Vazquez doubled for his first Pack hit and later homered. He’s making a bid for more playing time as Will Wilson has struggled at the dish and in the field. Wilson was a DNP for the first time all season.

Josh McLain tallied two hits and has a 16-game hitting streak dating back to last season. Jack Conley and Evan Edwards added a pair of hits apiece and the Pack outhit the Paladins 17-3.

On the mound, Harrison allowed two hits in three innings while striking out four. Clenney, who was credited with the win since Harrison didn’t go five innings, didn’t allow a hit in 3.1 innings but walked four. He fanned three. Kent Klyman finished the game off with 2.2 innings. He walked the leadoff man and then allowed a double to start the ninth but wriggled out of the jam to preserve the shutout. He struck out four. In all, State hurlers fanned 11 but walked nine. A better offensive team will make that latter number hurt.

State continues its 13-game homestand to start the season tomorrow against Air Force. First pitch is at 2 p.m.