Raleigh, NC -
Thomas Brittle's grand slam in the second
inning coupled with clutch pitching that stranded 15 runners on base lifted
Clemson to a 7-4 win over #8 N.C. State in front of 1,877 fans at Doak Field on
Saturday. The Tigers, who took a 2-0
series lead, improved to 9-4 overall and 2-0 in the ACC. N.C. State fell to 11-4 overall and 0-2 in
Brittle capped Clemson's five-run second
inning with a grand slam, then five Tiger pitchers combined to allow only four
of N.C. State's 20 baserunners to score in Clemson's three-run win despite
being outhit 16-6. The Tigers also took
advantage of nine walks and two hit-by-pitches.
Kyle Schnell (1-0) earned his first win as
a Tiger by pitching 2.2 scoreless innings in relief. Matt Campbell pitched a hitless and scoreless
ninth inning to record his fourth save of the season. The five Tiger pitchers combined to strand 15
runners on base, including 14 in the first six innings.
N.C. State starter Ethan Ogburn (1-1)
suffered the loss, as he gave up two hits, four runs (three earned) and two
walks with one strikeout in 1.0 innings pitched.
The Wolfpack wasted little time taking the
game's first lead in the first inning.
Bryan Adametz led off with an infield single and went to third on Brett
Austin's single to right-center. After
the next two batters struck out, Will Nance reached on a fielding error by
second-baseman Steve Wilkerson that allowed Adametz to score.
In the second inning, leadoff batter Steven
Duggar reached on an error at first.
Garrett Boulware walked and Jon McGibbon ripped a single to right field
to score Duggar. After Tyler Krieger
walked on six pitches to load the bases and Maleeke Gibson flied out to shallow
center, Brittle belted a grand slam down the right-field line, his first long
ball of the season, to give Clemson a 5-1 lead.
In the top of the fourth inning, Krieger
drew a one-out walk but was erased on Gibson's fielder's choice. Brittle was hit-by-pitch with two outs and
Jay Baum walked to load the bases.
Wilkerson came through with an infield single to plate Gibson.
Austin and Brett Williams both hit two-out
singles on 0-2 pitches in the bottom of the fourth inning, then Senay grounded
a single up the middle to score Austin.
In the top of the sixth inning, Brittle led
off with a hit-by-pitch and stole second.
Two batters later, he advanced to third on Wilkerson's lineout to right
field, then Brittle scored on a passed ball.
Austin led off the bottom of the sixth
inning with a double down the right-field line on a 1-2 pitch and Williams
laced a single up the middle to score Austin.
Senay's groundout to first advanced Williams to second, then pinch-hitter
Carlos Rodon grounded a 1-2 pitch through the right side for a single to score
Williams. Jake Fincher grounded a single
through the right side, then Jake Armstrong reached on an infield single to
load the bases. But Matt Bergquist lined
out to second and pinch-hitter Sam Morgan grounded out to first to keep Clemson
In the ninth inning, Morgan drew a one-out
walk, but Adametz grounded into a game-ending 6-4-3 double play.
Baum had a team-high two hits for the
Tigers, while Brittle scored a team-high two runs and reached base four
times. Boulware added three walks as
Austin was one of six Wolfpack players with
multiple hits, as he went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs.
Clemson and N.C. State will play game-three
of the three-game series on Sunday at 1:00 PM.