#7 Clemson Walks Past N.C. State Sunday to Sweep Series


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Brad Miller attempts a double play against NC State. (Photos: fotoman)

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Clemson, SC –
Jeff Schaus and Kyle Parker both drew bases-loaded walks with two outs in the eighth inning to propel #7 Clemson to a 7-6 comeback win over N.C. State in front of 3,663 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers, who swept the series 3-0, improved to 13-1 overall and 3-0 in the ACC. The Wolfpack fell to 11-4 overall and 0-3 in ACC play.

The Tigers jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second inning, but N.C. State chipped away at the lead and eventually took a 6-5 lead in the seventh inning. But the Tigers took advantage of three straight walks with two outs in the eighth inning to score two runs. Wolfpack pitchers combined to walk eight batters in the game and 26 in the series.

Tiger freshman righthander Jonathan Meyer (1-0) earned his first career win, as he retired all six batters he faced to close out the game. Wolfpack reliever Grant Sasser (2-1) suffered the loss, as he gave up one hit, two runs, and two walks in 0.2 innings pitched.

For the third game in a row, the Wolfpack took the game's first lead. In the top of the second inning, Drew Poulk reached on an error with one out and went to second on Chris Schaeffer's walk. Two batters later, Chris Diaz grounded a two-out single up the middle to score Poulk.

Clemson responded with four runs to take the lead in the bottom of the second inning. Wilson Boyd led off with a walk and Richie Shaffer followed with a single through the left side. After Brad Miller moved both runners up a base on a sacrifice bunt, Jason Stolz ripped the first pitch he saw to left field for a single to score Boyd and Shaffer. Two batters later with two outs, Epps walked and Mike Freeman did the same to load the bases. Schaus then grounded a single through the right side to plate Stolz and Epps, giving the Tigers a 4-1 lead.

In the fifth inning, Schaeffer led off with a walk. Two batters later, Diaz was hit-by-pitch, then John Gianis lined a single to right-center to score Schaeffer. Dallas Poulk followed with a single to center on a 1-2 pitch to plate Diaz to narrow Clemson's lead to 4-3.

With one out in the top of the sixth inning, Drew Poulk tied the score when he hit a towering solo home run to left field, his third long ball of the season.

Clemson came right back and took the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Miller drew a one-out walk and went to second on pinch-hitter John Hinson's single through the left side. Two batters later, Epps lined a two-out single to right field to score Miller.

In the seventh inning, Diaz led off with a single to right-center and Gianis followed with a walk. Dallas Poulk's sacrifice bunt moved the runners up a base, then Andrew Ciencin's groundout plated Diaz to tie the score. Pratt Maynard untied the score when he hit a two-out single to right-center to score Gianis.

In the eighth inning, Hinson hit a one-out single to right field and Phil Pohl followed with a hit-by-pitch. Two batters later with two outs, Freeman walked to load the bases. After being down in the count 0-2, Schaus worked another walk to plate Hinson and tie the score. The Wolfpack brought in Russell Wilson to the mound to face Parker in a battle of ACC quarterbacks. Parker walked on five pitches to bring home Pohl for the go-ahead run.

Meyer retired all three batters in order in the ninth inning to seal the win, capped by Schaus' sliding, shoestring catch in foul territory off the bat of Dallas Poulk for the final out.

Clemson, who outhit N.C. State 9-6, was led at the plate by Hinson. For the second game in a row, he came off the bench and registered two hits, including a key single in the eighth inning that started Clemson's rally. Schaus added a game-high three RBIs as well.

Diaz had a team-high two hits and two runs for the Wolfpack.

Clemson will play at Charlotte on Tuesday at 6:00 PM.

N.C. State 6 (11-4,0-3 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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John Gianis cf...........  3  1  1  1   2  1  4  0   0
Dallas Poulk 2b..........  4  0  1  1   0  0  2  4   0
Andrew Ciencin 3b........  4  0  0  1   0  1  0  3   0
Pratt Maynard 1b.........  4  0  1  1   0  0 10  1   3
Danny Canela dh..........  4  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   1
Drew Poulk rf............  4  2  1  1   0  0  1  0   0
Chris Schaeffer c........  2  1  0  0   2  0  3  2   0
Tarran Senay lf..........  4  0  0  0   0  2  2  0   0
Chris Diaz ss............  2  2  2  1   0  0  2  5   0
 Kyle Wilson ph..........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Alex Sogard p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Felix Roque p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Grant Sasser p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Russell Wilson p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 32  6  6  6   4  5 24 15   5

Clemson 7 (13-1,3-0 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Chris Epps cf............  4  1  1  1   1  0  5  0   0
Mike Freeman 2b..........  3  0  1  0   2  0  3  2   2
Jeff Schaus lf...........  3  0  1  3   2  0  4  0   0
Kyle Parker dh...........  4  0  1  1   1  0  0  0   3
Wilson Boyd rf...........  4  1  1  0   1  0  1  0   4
Richie Shaffer 1b........  4  1  1  0   0  2  7  0   1
Brad Miller ss...........  2  1  0  0   1  0  1  1   0
Jason Stolz 3b...........  2  1  1  2   0  0  1  0   0
 John Hinson ph/3b.......  2  1  2  0   0  0  0  1   0
John Nester c............  2  0  0  0   0  0  5  1   0
 Will Lamb ph............  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Phil Pohl c.............  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Scott Weismann p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Alex Frederick p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Jonathan Meyer p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Totals................... 31  7  9  7   8  2 27  6  10

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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N.C. State.......... 010 021 200 -  6  6  1
Clemson............. 040 001 02X -  7  9  1
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E - SENAY(1); STOLZ(5). DP - N.C. State 1. LOB - N.C. State 5; Clemson 10.
HR - DR. POULK(3). HBP - DIAZ; POHL. SH - DA. POULK(2); MILLER(2). SB -
STOLZ 2(3); HINSON(4).

N.C. State             IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Alex Sogard.........  4.2  4  4  4  3  0 17 21
Felix Roque.........  2.1  4  1  1  2  2 10 12
Grant Sasser........  0.2  1  2  2  2  0  3  6
Russell Wilson......  0.1  0  0  0  1  0  1  2

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Scott Weismann......  6.0  4  4  3  3  5 22 26
Alex Frederick......  1.0  2  2  2  1  0  4  6
Jonathan Meyer......  2.0  0  0  0  0  0  6  6

Win - MEYER (1-0).  Loss - SASSER (2-1).  Save - None.
WP - FREDERICK(1). HBP - by WEISMANN (DIAZ); by SASSER (POHL).
Umpires - HP: Phelps Prescott  1B: Ray Gregson  3B: Tony Walsh
Start: 1:03 PM   Time: 2:59   Attendance: 3663


#7 Tigers Rallies in Eighth to Top N.C. State 12-6 in Game-Two of Doubleheader Saturday

Clemson scores seven runs in the eighth inning to take a 2-0 series lead.


Clemson, SC –
Wilson Boyd's two-run, go-ahead single was part of a seven-run eighth inning that enabled #7 Clemson to rally for a 12-6 win over N.C. State in the second game of a doubleheader in front of 4,895 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday. The Tigers, who took a 2-0 series lead by sweeping the doubleheader, improved to 12-1 overall and 2-0 in the ACC. The Wolfpack dropped to 11-3 overall and 0-2 in ACC play.

The Wolfpack maintained small leads late in the game, including a 6-5 lead entering the eighth inning. But the Tigers scored seven runs in the eighth, keyed by Boyd's go-ahead, two-run single with one out and John Hinson's three-run double with two outs. The Tigers took advantage of 11 walks issued by N.C. State pitchers, including one in the eighth inning with the bases loaded that tied the score.

Tiger freshman righthander Dominic Leone (1-0) earned his first career win. In the final 3.0 innings pitched out of the bullpen, he gave up just two hits, no runs, and no walks with six strikeouts. N.C. State reliever Anthony Tzamtzis (1-1) suffered the loss, as he yielded three runs on one hit and two walks in 0.1 innings pitched.

The Wolfpack took the game's first lead in the top of the fourth inning. Pratt Maynard was hit-by-pitch, then Chris Schaeffer hit a two-run homer to left-center, his second long ball of the day and third of the season.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Kyle Parker led off with a walk and Boyd followed with an opposite-field, two-run homer to left field, his second long ball of the season.

N.C. State responded with two runs in the top of the fifth inning to regain the lead. Kyle Wilson led off with a single through the right side, stole second, and scored on Dallas Poulk's double down the right-field line. Andrew Ciencin followed with a double down the left-field line to plate Poulk.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Mike Freeman drew a two-out walk and scored on Jeff Schaus' double down the left-field line.

Clemson evened the score in the sixth inning. Richie Shaffer fisted a one-out single to left and scored on Brad Miller's triple down the right-field line. After Phil Pohl was intentionally walked, pinch-hitter Hinson struck out and Chris Epps walked to load the bases with two outs. But Freeman lined out to left field to keep the score tied 4-4.

The Wolfpack retook the lead in the top of the seventh inning thanks to the long ball. Ciencin led off with a single to left and Drew Poulk followed with a long two-run homer down the left-field line, his second home run of the year.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Schaus cut the N.C. State lead in half when he led off with a solo home run to right field, his fourth long ball of the season.

In the eighth inning, Hinson led off with a double to left-center, then Epps and Freeman walked to load the bases with no outs. Schaus came back from a 1-2 count to draw a walk, scoring Hinson to tie the score. Epps was retired at the plate for out #1 on Parker's fielder's choice. Boyd then gave Clemson its first lead of the game when he grounded a single through the right side on a 3-2 pitch to score Freeman and Schaus. Two batters later, Miller walked to load the bases with two outs, then Pohl was hit-by-pitch to plate Parker. Hinson followed with his second double of the inning, this time to right-center, to score Boyd, Miller, and Pohl.

The Tigers, who totaled 10 hits in the game, were led at the plate by Boyd. The fifth-year senior was 2-for-5 with a homer, four RBIs, and two runs. Schaus went 2-for-4 with a homer, double, three RBIs, and two runs, while Hinson came off the bench to go 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs.

Wilson led N.C. State's 12-hit attack by going 4-for-4 with two steals, while Ciencin and Drew Poulk both added two hits apiece.
Clemson and N.C. State will play the series-finale on Sunday at 1:00 PM.

N.C. State 6 (11-3,0-2 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Kyle Wilson cf...........  4  1  4  0   0  0  3  0   0
Dallas Poulk 2b..........  5  1  1  1   0  2  1  0   3
Andrew Ciencin 3b........  5  1  2  1   0  1  1  2   2
Drew Poulk rf............  5  1  2  2   0  1  2  0   1
Pratt Maynard c..........  3  1  0  0   1  1  7  0   0
Chris Schaeffer dh.......  4  1  1  2   0  1  0  0   1
Harold Riggins 1b........  4  0  0  0   0  0  7  1   0
 Danny Canela ph.........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   2
Russell Wilson lf........  3  0  1  0   1  1  1  0   0
Chris Diaz ss............  3  0  1  0   1  1  0  4   1
Jake Buchanan p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  2  2   0
 Grant Sasser p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Anthony Tzamtzis p......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Nick Rice p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Vance Williams p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 37  6 12  6   3  9 24  9  10

Clemson 12 (12-1,2-0 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Chris Epps dh............  3  0  1  0   3  1  0  0   1
Mike Freeman 2b..........  3  2  0  0   2  0  3  3   3
Jeff Schaus lf...........  4  2  2  3   1  0  0  0   1
Kyle Parker rf...........  3  2  0  0   2  1  0  0   1
Wilson Boyd cf...........  5  2  2  4   0  0  1  0   2
 Addison Johnson cf......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Richie Shaffer 1b........  5  1  2  0   0  1  8  2   0
Brad Miller ss...........  3  1  1  1   2  2  3  4   0
Phil Pohl c..............  3  1  0  1   1  0  9  2   2
Jason Stolz 3b...........  2  0  0  0   0  0  1  2   0
 John Hinson ph/3b.......  3  1  2  3   0  1  0  0   0
Will Lamb p..............  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
 Tomas Cruz p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
 Dominic Leone p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 34 12 10 12  11  6 27 13  10

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
-------------------------------------------
N.C. State.......... 000 220 200 -  6 12  2
Clemson............. 000 211 17X - 12 10  2
-------------------------------------------

E - DA. POULK(2); RIGGINS(1); STOLZ 2(4). DP - Clemson 1. LOB - N.C. State
10; Clemson 10. 2B - DA. POULK(6); CIENCIN(7); SCHAUS(5); HINSON 2(2). 3B -
MILLER(1). HR - DR. POULK(2); SCHAEFFER(3); SCHAUS(4); BOYD(2). HBP -
MAYNARD; SCHAEFFER; POHL. SH - K. WILSON(2). SB - K. WILSON 2(7); EPPS(6).
CS - MAYNARD(2); R. WILSON(1).

N.C. State             IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Jake Buchanan.......  5.1  5  4  4  5  3 21 26
Grant Sasser........  1.1  2  1  1  2  1  6  8
Anthony Tzamtzis....  0.1  1  3  3  2  0  2  4
Nick Rice...........  0.0  0  1  1  1  0  0  1
Vance Williams......  1.0  2  3  3  1  2  5  7

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Will Lamb...........  4.0  3  2  2  3  2 13 18
Tomas Cruz..........  2.0  7  4  4  0  1 13 13
Dominic Leone.......  3.0  2  0  0  0  6 11 12

Win - LEONE (1-0).  Loss - TZAMTZIS (1-1).  Save - None.
WP - SASSER(1). HBP - by LAMB (MAYNARD); by V. WILLIAMS (POHL); by LEONE
(SCHAEFFER).
Umpires - HP: Tony Walsh  1B: Phelps Prescott  3B: Ray Gregson
Start: 3:54 PM   Time: 3:23   Attendance: 4895
CRUZ faced 2 batters in the 7th.
TZAMTZIS faced 3 batters in the 8th.
RICE faced 1 batter in the 8th.


#7 Tigers Take Series-Opener Over Wolfpack 12-7 Saturday

Two teams will play the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.

Clemson, SC –
The #7 Clemson Tigers scored 10 runs in the first four innings and held on to defeat N.C. State 12-7 in the first game of a doubleheader at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 series lead, improved to 11-1 overall and 1-0 in the ACC. N.C. State fell to 11-2 overall and 0-1 in ACC play.

Tiger starter Casey Harman (3-0) earned the win, as he allowed five hits, two runs, and two walks with three strikeouts in 6.0 innings pitched. Wolfpack starter Cory Mazzoni (2-1) suffered the loss, as he yielded seven hits, 10 runs (eight earned), and three walks with four strikeouts in 3.1 innings pitched.

The Wolfpack grabbed the game's first lead in the top of the first inning. After the first two batters were retired, Andrew Ciencin was hit-by-pitch and went to second on Drew Poulk's single through the left side. Pratt Maynard's walk loaded the bases, then Chris Schaeffer singled through the right side to score Ciencin and Poulk.

The Tigers responded with two runs of their own in their half of the first inning. After the first two batters were retired, Jeff Schaus reached on a fielding error by shortstop Matt Bergquist. Kyle Parker then belted a two-run homer to left, his sixth long ball of the season.

In the second inning, John Hinson led off with a single to center and went to second on an error by centerfielder Kyle Wilson. After Hinson stole third, he scored on Richie Shaffer's double down the left-field line.

The Tigers kept the pressure on in the third inning. Schaus led off with an infield single and Parker and Wilson Boyd followed with walks to load the bases. Two batters later, Brad Miller blasted a grand slam to right field, his first long ball of the season and his first career grand slam.

In the fourth inning, Chris Epps led off with a walk, stole second, and scored on Mike Freeman's single up the middle. Schaus replaced Freeman on a fielder's choice and went to third on Parker's single to center. Schaus scored on a balk as Parker moved to second. Wilson Boyd then singled off the pitcher to bring home Parker, upping Clemson's lead to 10-2.

After going scoreless for sixth innings, the Wolfpack cut the Tiger lead in half in the top of the eighth inning. Wilson led off with an infield single and went to second on a throwing error on the play. Two batters later, Ciencin singled through the left side to plate Wilson. Two batters later, Maynard reached on a two-out error that allowed Ciencin to score, then Schaeffer hit a two-run homer to left field, his second long ball of the season.

Clemson added two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Parker led off with a single and stole second. With two outs, Miller singled up the middle to score Parker as Miller advanced to second on the throw. After Miller stole third, he scored on Shaffer's infield single.

In the ninth inning, Tarran Senay reached on an error and advanced to second on the play. After the next two Wolfpack batters struck out, Dallas Poulk singled through the right side to score Senay.

Parker led Clemson's 13-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with a homer, two RBIs, and four runs. Shaffer went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, while Miller went 2-for-4 with a grand slam and a career-high five RBIs.

Ciencin had a game-high four hits to pace the Wolfpack's 10-hit attack. Schaeffer added three hits, a homer, and four RBIs.

Clemson and N.C. State will play game-two of the doubleheader and series on Saturday at approximately 3:50 PM.

N.C. State 7 (11-2,0-1 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Kyle Wilson cf...........  4  1  1  0   0  1  2  0   0
Dallas Poulk 2b..........  5  0  1  1   0  0  1  3   1
Andrew Ciencin 3b........  4  2  4  1   0  0  0  1   0
Drew Poulk rf............  5  1  1  0   0  1  2  0   2
Pratt Maynard dh.........  3  1  0  0   1  1  0  0   0
Chris Schaeffer c........  4  1  3  4   0  0  9  0   1
Harold Riggins 1b........  2  0  0  0   0  0  5  1   2
 Danny Canela ph/1b......  2  0  0  0   0  1  2  0   0
Russell Wilson lf........  2  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0
 Tarran Senay ph/lf......  2  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Matt Bergquist ss........  1  0  0  0   1  1  2  0   0
 Chris Diaz ph/ss........  2  0  0  0   0  2  0  0   0
Cory Mazzoni p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Nate King p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Rob Chamra p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 36  7 10  6   2  7 24  7   6

Clemson 12 (11-1,1-0 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Chris Epps cf............  3  1  0  0   1  1  1  0   0
 Addison Johnson ph/cf...  0  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
Mike Freeman 2b..........  5  0  1  1   0  1  2  3   2
Jeff Schaus lf...........  4  3  1  0   1  0  1  0   2
Kyle Parker rf...........  4  4  3  2   1  1  2  0   0
Wilson Boyd dh...........  3  1  1  1   2  1  0  0   0
John Hinson 3b...........  5  1  1  0   0  1  0  2   0
 Jason Stolz 3b..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Brad Miller ss...........  4  2  2  5   1  1  1  6   2
Richie Shaffer 1b........  5  0  3  2   0  2 11  1   2
John Nester c............  4  0  1  0   0  1  7  0   1
Casey Harman p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Alex Frederick p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Kevin Kyle p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
 Jonathan Meyer p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 37 12 13 11   7  9 27 13   9

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
-------------------------------------------
N.C. State.......... 200 000 041 -  7 10  3
Clemson............. 214 300 02X - 12 13  3
-------------------------------------------

E - K. WILSON(1); BERGQUIST(3); MAZZONI(1); FREEMAN 2(4); SCHAUS(1). DP -
Clemson 2. LOB - N.C. State 6; Clemson 9. 2B - SHAFFER(2). HR -
SCHAEFFER(2); PARKER(6); MILLER(1). HBP - CIENCIN; NESTER. SH - K.
WILSON(1). SB - EPPS(5); PARKER(3); HINSON(3); MILLER(2).

N.C. State             IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Cory Mazzoni........  3.1  7 10  8  3  4 18 22
Nate King...........  1.2  2  0  0  2  3  6  8
Rob Chamra..........  3.0  4  2  2  2  2 13 15

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Casey Harman........  6.0  5  2  2  2  3 20 24
Alex Frederick......  1.0  0  0  0  0  2  3  3
Kevin Kyle..........  1.0  3  4  0  0  0  7  7
Jonathan Meyer......  1.0  2  1  0  0  2  6  6

Win - HARMAN (3-0).  Loss - MAZZONI (2-1).  Save - None.
WP - CHAMRA(1). HBP - by HARMAN (CIENCIN); by MAZZONI (NESTER). BK - KING 2(2).
PB - SCHAEFFER(2).
Umpires - HP: Ray Gregson  1B: Tony Walsh  3B: Phelps Prescott
Start: 12:05 PM   Time: 2:59   Attendance:
KING faced 1 batter in the 6th.

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