Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it rains. And sometimes you lose and it rains in a figurative sense, all at the same time. NC State failed to close out a series sweep of Clemson on Sunday, falling in a 15-6 laugher.
Clemson jumped on Wolfpack starter Michael Bienlien in the third inning for five runs, giving the Tigers a 5-1 edge at that point. Bienlien did not make it through the inning, and Elliott Avent eventually ran through more than a half dozen pitchers.
(Which is fine, by the way. We have the ACC tournament to get ready for early next week, and this game was surprisingly non-essential after wins the two days prior.)
Clemson pushed the lead to 7-1 before NC State rallied for five runs in the bottom of the sixth. State unfortunately left the bases loaded to end the frame, because they’d have needed every single one of those runs plus several more in order to win the game. The rally ended with that sixth inning, though.
The Tigers pushed across six in the top of the seventh and two more in the eighth to put the game back out of reach.
So NC State closes out the regular season at 33-22 (16-14) and its postseason outlook is a lot healthier after adding a couple of top-25 RPI wins. The Pack is probably safely in the NCAAs at this point I wouldn’t mind a win or four this week to lock that down.