Wolfpack Mercy Rules Tigers In Jacksonville


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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A season of record lows for the Clemson baseball team might have bottomed out Thursday night.

Graham Stoneburner couldn't get out of the first inning, spotting N.C. State six early runs which kick-started the Wolfpack to a 10-0 victory over the Tigers in the ACC Tournament. The game was called after seven innings due to the tournament's mercy rule.

The loss may also have been the death knell for Clemson's NCAA Tournament hopes. The Tigers (30-27-1) likely needed two wins here in Jacksonville to gain an at-large bid when spots are announced next week. Thursday night's defeat means Clemson can win just once.

The big first inning was more than enough for 'Pack righthander Clayton Shunick (6-5).

Shunick retired the first 13 batters he faced before Doug Hogan singled with one out in the fifth inning. Wilson Boyd followed with a double that advanced Hogan to third, but Shunick stranded the runners there by retiring the next two Tigers.

Those were the only Clemson base runners until Shunick hit Kyle Parker leading off the seventh. But the next three batters went out in order to end the game.

Shunick struck out eight and didn't walk a batter in his complete-game performance.

Meanwhile, the Wolfpack (38-19) offense pounded out 17 hits on the evening against Stoneburner and three relievers. Craig Gullickson followed with one-third of an inning, allowing two runs. Justin Sarratt turned in a career-high five innings, giving up two runs.

Matt Zoltak pitched a perfect seventh inning.

Clemson is off Friday, and will close out ACC Tournament play at 10 a.m. Saturday vs. Georgia Tech.

2008 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball
                            #20 NC State vs Clemson
             May 22, 2008 at Jacksonville, Fla. (Baseball Grounds)

NC State 10 (38-19)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Dallas Poulk 2b..........  4  0  1  1   1  1  2  0   0
Matt Payne rf............  5  1  1  0   0  0  1  0   2
Jeremy Synan lf..........  3  3  3  0   1  0  0  0   0
Ryan Pond dh.............  4  1  3  0   0  1  0  0   2
Pat Ferguson 1b..........  3  1  1  3   0  0  5  2   0
Marcus Jones cf..........  3  1  1  1   0  1  2  0   0
Chris Schaeffer c........  4  1  3  2   0  0  8  0   0
Tommy Foschi ss..........  4  2  2  2   0  0  1  0   3
Drew Martin 3b...........  3  0  2  0   0  1  0  1   0
Clayton Shunick p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  2  1   0
Totals................... 33 10 17  9   2  4 21  4   7

Clemson 0 (30-27-1)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Mike Freeman 2b..........  3  0  0  0   0  2  2  6   0
Jeff Schaus lf...........  3  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Kyle Parker rf...........  2  0  0  0   0  1  1  0   0
Ben Paulsen 1b...........  3  0  0  0   0  0  9  0   0
Doug Hogan c.............  3  0  1  0   0  1  4  0   0
Wilson Boyd cf...........  3  0  1  0   0  1  3  0   1
Matt Sanders 3b..........  2  0  0  0   0  0  0  3   0
John Hinson dh...........  2  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   2
Stan Widmann ss..........  2  0  0  0   0  2  1  2   0
Graham Stoneburner p.....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Craig Gullickson p......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Justin Sarratt p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Matt Zoltak p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 23  0  2  0   0  8 21 11   3

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
NC State............ 621 001 0 - 10 17  0
Clemson............. 000 000 0 -  0  2  0
-----------------------------------------

DP - CU 2. LOB - ST 7; CU 3. 2B - Synan(9); BOYD(12). HR - Foschi(1). HBP -
PARKER. SH - Martin(11). SF - Ferguson(3); Jones(3). SB - Jones(12).

NC State               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Clayton Shunick.....  7.0  2  0  0  0  8 23 24  98

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Graham Stoneburner..  0.2  6  6  6  0  1  8  8  40
Craig Gullickson....  0.1  3  2  2  2  0  4  6  27
Justin Sarratt......  5.0  8  2  2  0  2 18 21  68
Matt Zoltak.........  1.0  0  0  0  0  1  3  3  13

Win - Shunick (6-5).  Loss - STONEBURNER (6-5).  Save - None.
HBP - by Shunick (PARKER). PB - HOGAN(16). Pitches/strikes: Shunick 98/70;
STONEBURNER 40/21; GULLICKSON 27/12; SARRATT 68/47; ZOLTAK 13/7.
Umpires - HP: Arthur Schmidt  1B: Bryant Woodall  2B: Scott Erby  3B: Scott
Graham  Start: 9:36 pm   Time: 2:03   Attendance: 6248
Weather: Cloudy, 80 deg, Wind WSW 7 mph
Game notes:
ACC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT - GAME 6
Game ended after 7 innings due to 10-run rule
GULLICKSON faced 3 batters in the 2nd.
Game: ACC06


 Play-by-Play 
                    2008 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball
                     #20 NC State vs Clemson - Play-by-Play
             May 22, 2008 at Jacksonville, Fla. (Baseball Grounds)


Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
NC State............ 621 001 0 - 10 17  0
Clemson............. 000 000 0 -  0  2  0
-----------------------------------------

NC State starters: 6/2b Poulk; 15/rf Payne; 11/lf Synan; 24/dh Pond; 32/1b
Ferguson; 20/cf Jones; 34/c Schaeffer; 1/ss Foschi; 7/3b Martin; 23/p Shunick;
Clemson starters: 5/2b FREEMAN; 3/lf SCHAUS; 25/rf PARKER; 10/1b PAULSEN; 30/c
HOGAN; 12/cf BOYD; 21/3b SANDERS; 4/dh J. HINSON; 6/ss WIDMANN; 15/p
STONEBURNER;

NC State 1st - No play. No play. Poulk struck out swinging (1-2). Payne
singled up the middle (3-2). Synan singled to center field (3-1); Payne
advanced to third. Synan advanced to second on a passed ball; Payne scored on a
passed ball. Pond singled through the left side (2-0); Synan advanced to third.
Ferguson reached on a fielder's choice to second base, RBI (1-0); Pond out at
second 2b to ss; Synan scored. Jones singled up the middle (3-2); Ferguson
advanced to third. Jones stole second. Schaeffer singled to right field, 2 RBI
(3-2); Jones scored; Ferguson scored. Foschi homered to left field, 2 RBI
(3-1); Schaeffer scored. GULLICKSON to p for STONEBURNER. Martin singled to
right field (1-2). Poulk walked (3-1); Martin advanced to second. Payne fouled
out to 1b (3-0). 6 runs, 7 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Clemson 1st - FREEMAN struck out swinging (0-2). SCHAUS lined out to 2b
(0-2). PARKER grounded out to 1b unassisted (1-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors,
0 LOB.

NC State 2nd - Synan walked (3-1). Pond singled up the middle (2-2);
Synan advanced to third. Ferguson singled to center field, RBI (1-0); Pond
advanced to third; Synan scored. SARRATT to p for GULLICKSON. Jones flied out
to cf, SAC, RBI (2-1); Pond scored. Schaeffer grounded into double play 3b to
2b to 1b (2-1); Ferguson out on the play. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0
LOB.

Clemson 2nd - PAULSEN grounded out to 1b unassisted (0-0). HOGAN lined
out to rf (2-0). BOYD lined out to 1b (3-1). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0
LOB.

NC State 3rd - Foschi singled to right field (2-2). Martin grounded out
to 3b, SAC, bunt (0-0); Foschi advanced to second. Poulk singled up the middle,
RBI (1-0); Foschi scored. Payne flied out to cf (2-1). Synan singled to right
field (2-2); Poulk advanced to third. Pond struck out looking (0-2). 1 run,
3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Clemson 3rd - SANDERS grounded out to 3b (1-2). J. HINSON flied out to
2b (1-2). WIDMANN struck out swinging (0-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0
LOB.

NC State 4th - Ferguson grounded out to 2b (0-1). Jones struck out
swinging (0-2). Schaeffer singled up the middle (0-0). Foschi grounded out to
ss (0-2). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Clemson 4th - FREEMAN flied out to cf (2-0). SCHAUS out at first 1b to p
(1-2). PARKER struck out looking (1-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

NC State 5th - Martin singled to shortstop (1-1). Poulk grounded into
double play ss to 2b to 1b (2-0); Martin out on the play. Payne flied out to rf
(2-2). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Clemson 5th - PAULSEN out at first 1b to p (0-0). HOGAN singled through
the right side (2-2). BOYD doubled down the rf line (2-2); HOGAN advanced to
third. SANDERS lined out to ss (3-2). J. HINSON struck out swinging (0-2). 0
runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

NC State 6th - Synan doubled to right center (2-0). Pond singled to left
field (0-2); Synan advanced to third. Ferguson flied out to cf, SAC, RBI (1-2);
Synan scored. Jones flied out to lf (1-2). Schaeffer singled to left field
(0-0); Pond advanced to second. Foschi grounded out to 3b (1-1). 1 run, 3
hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Clemson 6th - WIDMANN struck out looking (0-2). FREEMAN struck out
swinging (1-2). SCHAUS grounded out to p (2-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0
LOB.

NC State 7th - ZOLTAK to p for SARRATT. Martin struck out looking (3-2).
Poulk grounded out to 2b (1-1). Payne grounded out to 2b (2-1). 0 runs, 0
hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Clemson 7th - PARKER hit by pitch (3-2). PAULSEN flied out to cf (1-1).
HOGAN struck out swinging (1-2). BOYD struck out swinging (1-2). 0 runs, 0
hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

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