NC State Shuts Out Tigers 3-0


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CLEMSON, SC - A little lefthander from N.C. State completely shut down Clemson's
big bats Saturday.


Wolfpack lefthander Mike Prochaska tossed a complete game, four-hit shutout
at the No. 1 Tigers Saturday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, helping N.C. State
(21-12, 2-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) to a 3-0 victory in the second of a
three-game series.


Prochaska taunted and teased the Tigers all afternoon, mixing his fastball
with an assortment of breaking balls and offspeed pitches. When Clemson
batters weren't popping up, they were grounding out meekly in the infield or
striking out.


The Tigers managed just four singles - two by Khalil Greene and one each from
Michael Johnson and Russell Triplett. Triplett's hit was a bunt single
leading off the eighth inning.


It was the first time Clemson (26-2, 4-2 ACC) was shut out in nearly a year.
North Carolina topped the Tigers 4-0 on April 29, 2001.


"We just didn't play well offensively," Leggett said. "We hit three balls
hard all day long, and that was it. And unfortunately all three were right at
somebody. We couldn't get anything going, couldn't muster anything
offensively.


"Their kid did a good job pitching, but in the last four or five games we've
not done a good job of making adjustments offensively and I think we're just
a little too tentative. I hate to see us get that way because we're a better
offensive team than that."


Prochaska (4-0) struck out six and walked four, but thanks to a pair of
double plays, a pickoff of Khalil Greene at first base and knocking off Jeff
Baker trying to steal, the sophomore faced just four batters over the
minimum.


On the rare occasion a Tiger batter did hit the ball hard, it was directly at
a Wolfpack fielder. The only difficult play turned in by N.C. State was
leftfielder Brian Wright's nice running catch of a long drive to the gap in
leftcenter off the bat of Jeff Baker.


"He moved the ball in and out real well and mixed speeds," said Greene.
"That's the first time in a long time, that I can remember, that we've been
shut out. He had a good game, but I don't think we particularly swung the
bats too well."


N.C. State got all the runs it would need in the fourth inning off Clemson
starter and loser Matt Henrie (6-1).


Wright and David Hicks each singled to lead off the inning, and both advanced
on a ground out. Wright would score on a ground out by Joe Gaetti, and Colt
Morton's two-out double drove in Hicks for a 2-0 lead.


The Wolfpack added an insurance run in the eighth on an RBI single by Matt
Butler.


The teams will close out the three-game series today at 1 p.m.


2002 CLEMSON BASEBALL
N.C. State at Clemson
Apr 06, 2002 at Clemson, SC (Doug Kingsmore)

N.C. State 3 (21-12,2-6)

Player              AB  R   H   RBI BB  SO  PO  A   LOB
Orvella, Chad ss    5   0   1   0   0   1   3   4   0
Wright, Brian lf    3   1   1   0   2   0   4   0   0
Hicks, David 1b     4   1   1   0   0   1   10  1   4
Coffield, Tim dh    3   0   0   0   1   1   0   0   0
 Dutton, J pr/dh    0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Gaetti, Joe cf      3   0   0   1   1   2   2   0   0
Morton, Colt c      4   0   3   1   0   1   4   3   0
Butler, Matt rf     4   0   1   1   0   0   2   0   3
Esposito, Sam 3b    4   0   1   0   0   0   0   1   1
Murphy, Dustin 2b   3   0   0   0   0   1   2   2   0
Prochaska, Mike p   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0
Totals......        33  3   8   3   4   7   27  12  8

Clemson 0 (26-2,4-1)

Player              AB  R   H   RBI BB  SO  PO  A   LOB
Frank, Kyle lf      3   0   0   0   1   1   1   0   0
Greene, Khalil ss   4   0   2   0   0   0   0   3   0
Baker, Jeff 3b      1   0   0   0   3   0   0   2   0
Johnson, Michael 1b 4   0   1   0   0   2   16  1   1
Schmidt, Jarrod rf  3   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   0
Hourigan, Jeff dh   3   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   2
Triplett, R 2b      3   0   1   0   0   0   3   7   1
Mahoney, Collin c   3   0   0   0   0   2   6   1   0
Coder, Chad cf      3   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0
Henrie, Matt p      0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0
 Lumsden, Tyler p   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
 Hahn, Jeff p       0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0
Totals......        27  0   4   0   4   6   27  16  4

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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N.C. State.......... 000 200 010 -  3  8  0
Clemson............. 000 000 000 -  0  4  0
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DP - N.C. State 2; Clemson 1. LOB - N.C. State 8; 
Clemson 4. 2B - MORTON(8). SH - MURPHY(1). SB - DUTTON(7); 
BAKER(12). CS - BAKER(2).

N.C. State          IP  H   R   ER  BB  SO  AB  BF  NP
Prochaska, Mike     9.0 4   0   0   4   6   27  31

Clemson             IP  H   R   ER  BB  SO  AB  BF  NP
Henrie, Matt        6.2 7   2   2   3   4   25  29
Lumsden, Tyler      0.1 0   1   1   1   1   1   2
Hahn, Jeff          2.0 1   0   0   0   2   7   7

Win - PROCHASKA (4-0).  Loss - HENRIE (6-1).  Save - None.
Umpires - Home:A.J. Lostaglio  1st:Danny Waller 
3rd:Randy Dulin
Start: 4:03   Time: 2:15   Attendance: 5226
LUMSDEN faced 1 batter in the 8th.

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