Raleigh, NC -
Sophomore catcher Garrett Boulware went
4-for-5 with two homers, five RBIs, and three runs to lead Clemson to a 10-5
win over #8 N.C. State in front of 1,642 fans at Doak Field on Friday
afternoon. The Tigers, who took a 1-0
lead in the series, improved to 8-4 overall and 1-0 in the ACC. The Wolfpack fell to 11-3 overall and 0-1 in
The Wolfpack jumped out to a 4-0 lead and
had All-America lefthander Carlos Rodon on the mound, but the Tigers scratched three
runs in the fourth inning and five runs in the fifth inning off Rodon to take
the lead for good. Boulware's three-run
homer in the fifth inning gave Clemson a 7-4 lead. He added another long home run in the ninth
inning, as they were the first two home runs of his career. Boulware also set career highs for hits,
RBIs, and runs.
Tiger starter Daniel Gossett (2-1) pitched
6.2 strong innings to earn the win. He
gave up five hits, four runs (two earned), and four walks with nine
strikeouts. Kyle Schnell allowed just
one hit and one run with three strikeouts in the final 2.1 innings pitched to
close out the victory.
Rodon (1-2), the first of five Wolfpack
hurlers, suffered the loss. He
surrendered eight hits, eight runs, and three walks with eight strikeouts in
4.1 innings pitched.
The Wolfpack scored the game's first runs
in the second inning when Will Nance blasted a two-run homer to left-center, his first career
long ball. Tarran Senay, who reached on
an error, also scored on the play.
Trea Turner hit the first pitch of the
bottom of the third inning deep over the fence in left field for a home run,
his fifth long ball of the season. Brett
Williams reached on a fielding error by shortstop Tyler Krieger, moved to
second on an error on a failed pickoff attempt, and advanced to third on a
passed ball. Senay then hit a high pop-up
in front of home plate and the ball fell in between four Tigers for a single. Nance struck out looking and Senay was caught
stealing for a double play, but Senay stayed in a rundown long enough to allow
Williams to score.
Clemson answered with three runs in the
fourth inning. Shane Kennedy walked and
Steven Duggar was hit-by-pitch. After
both runners advanced on an error on a failed pickoff attempt, Boulware flared
a single to center to score Kennedy. Jon
McGibbon followed with a single through the right side to score Duggar, then
Krieger blooped a single down the right-field line to load the bases. Maleeke Gibson reached on a fielder's choice
as Krieger was retired at second and Boulware scored.
In the fifth inning, Jay Baum led off with
a single up the middle and stole second.
Two batters later, Kennedy walked, then Duggar lined an 0-2 pitch to
left-center for a single to score Baum.
Boulware then belted a three-run homer to left field. McGibbon followed with a single to right
field and advanced to second on Krieger's groundout. Gibson came through with a two-out double
down the right-field line to score McGibbon and give Clemson an 8-4 lead.
Gibson reached on a wild pitch after a
strikeout to lead off the top of the eighth inning and moved to second on
Thomas Brittle's sacrifice bunt. Baum
reached on an error by second-baseman Sam Morgan that allowed Gibson to score.
Brett Austin led off the bottom of the
eighth inning with a walk and scored on Senay's double to left field.
Boulware gave Clemson its five-run lead
back in the ninth inning when he crushed a solo homer to left field, his second
long ball of the game.
Along with Boulware's exploits, McGibbon
went 3-for-5 with an RBI in Clemson's 11-hit attack. Kennedy and Duggar scored two runs apiece as
Senay went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI to
pace N.C. State, who totaled six hits in the contest.
Clemson and N.C. State will play game-two
of the three-game series on Saturday at 4:00 PM.