Tigers fall to NC State in ACC baseball tourney opener


by - Senior Writer -
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GREENSBORO -- In winning 12 of their last 14 games and in sweeping FSU last weekend, the Clemson Tigers appeared to temporarily solve the pitching and defensive issues that had plagued them during a mid-season slide.

On Wednesday night in their opening game of the ACC Tournament, the 7th-seeded North Carolina State Wolfpack (37-20) pounded out 16 hits and took advantage of Clemson starter Casey Harman’s early wildness in knocking off the 2nd-seeded Tigers 13-8 at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, N.C.

Harman lasted 5 1/3 innings, giving up five earned runs while striking out eight. However, he also walked four batters and frequently had 3-ball counts on batters that ran up his pitch count. He was replaced in the sixth by Alex Frederick, who gave up four runs while pitching just one-third of an inning in a five-run sixth inning that saw the Wolfpack grab an 8-4 lead.

The Tigers (37-20) jumped on top in the bottom of the first inning, with Brad Miller lining a single to start the inning and scoring on a double to left-center by Jeff Schaus.

The Wolfpack took a 2-1 lead into the third, but Clemson tied the score with two outs when Miller once again singled and scored on a Schaus hit.

The Tigers then took a 5-3 lead in the sixth when Schaus blasted his 14th homer of the season, a two-run shot that almost cleared the protective netting in right field.

The Wolfpack would tack on seven runs in the sixth and seventh innings however, and a three-run homer by Will Lamb in the eighth wasn’t enough to overcome the Wolfpack lead. In all, Tiger pitchers walked seven batters and hit another one to add to the 16 hits, which turned out to be too much for the Clemson offense to overcome.

Following a day off Thursday, Clemson faces No. 6 seed Virginia Tech at 4 p.m. Friday and finishes round-robin play with No. 3 Georgia Tech at 4 p.m. Saturday.

N.C. State 13 (37-20)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Kyle Wilson cf...........  5  4  4  4   1  1  2  0   0
Dallas Poulk 2b..........  5  2  2  3   0  2  2  5   3
Drew Poulk rf............  5  1  2  1   1  1  2  0   0
Harold Riggins 1b........  4  1  2  2   0  2  8  1   0
Andrew Ciencin 3b........  6  1  3  3   0  2  0  1   1
Pratt Maynard dh.........  4  0  0  0   1  1  0  0   0
Chris Schaeffer c........  3  1  1  0   2  2  7  0   4
Russell Wilson lf........  1  0  0  0   1  1  3  0   0
 Tarran Senay ph/lf......  0  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
 John Gianis ph/lf.......  2  1  1  0   0  1  0  0   0
Matt Bergquist ss........  5  2  1  0   0  1  3  1   1
Alex Sogard p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Rob Chamra p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Grant Sasser p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Anthony Tzamtzis p......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Cory Mazzoni p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Totals................... 40 13 16 13   7 14 27 10  10

Clemson 8 (37-20)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Brad Miller dh...........  5  3  3  0   0  0  0  0   0
Mike Freeman 2b..........  3  1  2  1   2  0  3  2   0
Jeff Schaus lf...........  4  1  3  3   0  1  0  0   1
Kyle Parker rf...........  5  1  1  0   0  2  1  1   0
John Hinson 3b...........  5  0  0  0   0  3  0  1   2
Richie Shaffer 1b........  4  1  1  0   0  0  6  1   0
Chris Epps cf............  3  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
John Nester c............  2  0  0  0   0  1 10  1   2
 Addison Johnson ph......  0  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
 Phil Pohl c.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  3  0   0
 Will Lamb ph............  1  1  1  3   0  0  0  0   0
 Spencer Kieboom c.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Jason Stolz ss...........  4  0  0  0   0  0  2  3   0
Casey Harman p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
 Alex Frederick p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 David Haselden p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Kevin Brady p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Tomas Cruz p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 36  8 11  7   4  7 27  9   6

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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N.C. State.......... 020 015 203 - 13 16  2
Clemson............. 101 020 130 -  8 11  1
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E - DA. POULK(13); CIENCIN(7); SCHAUS(5). DP - N.C. State 2. LOB - N.C.
State 10; Clemson 6. 2B - SCHAEFFER(14); GIANIS(12); MILLER(17);
FREEMAN(20); SCHAUS(11). 3B - RIGGINS(2). HR - K. WILSON(7); DA. POULK(11);
SCHAUS(14); LAMB(3). HBP - RIGGINS; SCHAUS. SH - DA. POULK(6). SF -
RIGGINS(6).

N.C. State             IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Alex Sogard.........  6.0  6  4  3  2  3 23 25
Rob Chamra..........  1.0  3  2  2  1  1  5  6
Grant Sasser........  0.2  1  1  1  0  1  3  3
Anthony Tzamtzis....  0.1  1  1  1  0  0  2  2
Cory Mazzoni........  1.0  0  0  0  1  2  3  5

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Casey Harman........  5.1  5  4  4  4  8 21 25
Alex Frederick......  0.1  3  4  4  1  0  4  5
David Haselden......  0.0  2  0  0  1  0  2  3
Kevin Brady.........  2.1  3  3  3  0  6 10 11
Tomas Cruz..........  1.0  3  2  2  1  0  3  6

Win - SOGARD (2-2).  Loss - FREDERICK (6-2).  Save - None.
WP - SOGARD(3). HBP - by BRADY (RIGGINS); by MAZZONI (SCHAUS).
Umpires - HP: Frank Sylvester  1B: Mark Chapman  2B: Danny Everett  3B: Tony
Maners  Start: 8:06 PM   Time: 3:25   Attendance: 4893
HASELDEN faced 3 batters in the 6th.
CHAMRA faced 1 batter in the 8th.
BRADY faced 1 batter in the 9th.N.C. State 13 (37-20)

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