NCSU hands Tigers 8th straight ACC loss

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RALEIGH, N.C. - Joe Dunand scored the go-ahead run on a two-out wild pitch on strike three to Will Wilson in the eighth inning in NC State's 3-2 win over No. 12 Clemson at Doak Field on Thursday night. The Wolfpack, who took a 1-0 lead in the series, improved to 32-21 overall and 15-13 in the ACC, while the Tigers fell to 38-16 overall and 16-12 in ACC play.

"It was a tough game for us tonight," Clemson head coach Monte Lee said. "Charlie pitched his heart out. Owen Griffith threw the ball really well. We played great defensively. Right there at the end, it's really on me as a coach. We got to do a better job running the bases and be able to get a bunt down where we can advance runners. We just got to be able to do the little things, situational hitting and base running. The little things get you beat in tight ball games and that's what happened to us tonight."

Weston Jackson belted a solo homer, his sixth long ball of the season, in the top of the second inning, then Andy Cosgrove grounded a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the second inning. Seth Beer crushed a solo homer, his 14th home run of the season, in the fourth inning to extend his hitting streak to 10 games and tie the score 2-2. On a strike three to Wilson with two outs in the eighth inning, the ball got away from Kyle Wilkie, allowing Wilson to reach and Dunand to score the go-ahead run.

Austin Staley (2-3) earned the win. Sean Adler recorded the last two outs to register his first save of the year. Owen Griffith (0-1) suffered the loss. Tiger starter Charlie Barnes allowed seven hits, two runs and one walk with a career-high-tying 11 strikeouts.

The series continues Friday at 6:30 p.m., on ACC Network Extra.

*Courtesy of Clemson Athletics

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