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State salvages final game of Clemson series

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Four-run 8th inning propels Wolfpack to victory in an otherwise forgettable series

Clemson v NC State ACC Tournament Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Both NC State and Clemson entered their series this past weekend with momentum on their side. The Tigers exited with the series win, but the Wolfpack won the final game on Sunday.

Clemson has now won 9 of their last 12 games. State has won 6 of their last 8.

The Pack held a 6-2 lead after four innings of the Friday opener, but a 5th inning grand slam by Clemson outfielder Dylan Brewer tied things up and completely shifted momentum and confidence. Clemson would score four more runs in the 8th inning while Tigers reliver Nick Clayton shut down NC State’s bats, leading to the 10-6 final score.

Clemson never trailed in the Saturday game, jumping out to an early 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning on an Alex Urban home run. This was just not a good day for State. The team managed just six hits on the day, and half of those came off the bat of JT Jarrett. NC State fell by a final score of 9-3.

State appeared headed for a sweep at the hands of the Tigers in the Sunday finale, falling behind 4-1 in the 3rd inning. Thankfully, State would rally over the next two innings to tie things up, eventually taking the lead, 5-4, on an Austin Murr solo home run in the 6th inning. Clemson managed to again tie the game in the top of the 8th inning, but the Pack immediately responded in the bottom half of the inning, plating four runs - led by a Terrell Tatum 2-RBI single - to take a 9-5 lead that would be the final tally.

Notes:

  • Jonny Butler went 4-for-4 with 2 2B, BB, R, and 2 RBI in the Friday opener
  • Austin Murr went 5-for-13 on the weekend with 2 2B, HR, 4 R, 3 RBI
  • JT Jarrett went 5-for-11 on the weekend with a HR, 2 BB, 4 R, and 2 RBI
  • Tyler McDonough went 5-for-14 on the weekend with 3 2B, 2 R, and 2 RBI

The Pack are back in action hosting Appalachian State on Tuesday at 6:00pm.