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    No. 8 Pack Falls 10-5 to Clemson

    March 8, 2013

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    Top Performers: Tarran Senay (2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI),  Will Nance (1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, R)
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    CLEMSON 0 0 0 3 5 0 0 1 1 10 11 3
    NC ST 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 6 4

    RALEIGH, N.C. - No. 8 NC State dropped its conference opener 10-5 to Clemson, after building a 4-0 lead over the first three innings on Friday.

    The Wolfpack (11-3, 0-1 ACC) stormed out of the gates with Will Nance's two-run homer in the bottom of the second, then added another two in the third to jump ahead 4-0. Clemson (8-4, 1-0) rallied with three in the fourth to narrow the margin to 4-3. The fifth inning turned the game, as the Tigers scored five times to extend their lead to 8-4. After trading runs in the eighth, and adding an insurance run in the ninth, Clemson hung on for a 10-5 win.

    Nance's homer marks the first of his career. Trea Turner launched his fifth home run of the season to equal the number he hit during his freshman season. Turner's homer improves him to 22-for-26 on scoring when reaching with less than two outs. Tarran Senay's 2-for-4 outing included an RBI double in the eighth.

    NC State starter Carlos Rodon (1-2) left the game during Clemson's big inning. Rodon struck out eight batters on the game, including all three in the second. Andrew Woeck looked sharp out of the pen, holding the Tigers to one hit over two innings with two strikeouts.

    Clemson starter Daniel Gossett (2-1) scored the win on 6 2/3 innings of work. Gossett fanned nine while allowing four runs, two earned, on five hits. Kyle Schnell pitched the final 2 1/3 in a non-save situation.

    The Pack's second inning started with Senay reaching on a throwing error by Clemson's third baseman. Nance followed that with his first career homer on a ball smoked to the left-center gap.

    State extended that lead with another two in the third. Turner crushed the first pitch of the inning to left for his fifth home run of the year. Brett Williams reached on an error, moved to second on a failed pick off attempt, and took third on a passed ball. Senay kept the inning alive when Clemson misplayed an infield pop-up. Williams scored during the next at-bat on a delayed double steal, while Senay extended a rundown.

    Clemson put a pair of runners on with a walk and a hit batsman in the fourth. An errant pick off throw pushed both into scoring position. Back-to-back RBI singles chopped the Pack's lead in half, and a fielder's choice with the bases loaded made it 4-3. The five-run fifth hinged on Garrett Boulware's three-run homer to left with one out.

    NC State returns to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. for the second game of the three-game series. Radio coverage will be carried by 88.1 WKNC, streaming coverage will be handled by ESPN3. Fans can also follow along on Twitter via @NCStateBaseball, or with live stats on GoPack.com.


     

     

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