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    No. 8 State Outlasts Clemson 4-1

    March 10, 2013

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    Top Performers: Jake Fincher (4-for-4, 3B, 3 R), Ryan Wilkins (Sv, 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K)
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    CLEMSON 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 10 1
    NC ST 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 X 4 10 4

    RALEIGH, N.C. - No. 8 NC State pulled off a 4-1 win in Sunday's finale against Clemson at Doak Field at Dail Park, thanks to a 4-for-4 outing from Jake Fincher and a spectacular team effort on the defensive side.

    The Wolfpack (12-4, 1-2 ACC) broke through in the bottom of the second to take a 1-0 lead, but Clemson responded immediately to make it 1-1 in the third. State pushed another run across in the sixth to retake the lead, then added two insurance runs in the eighth to set the final margin at 4-1.

    Fincher enjoyed a perfect day at the plate with a triple and three runs, as well as a critical throw to the plate to preserve the 1-1 tie in the top sixth. Fincher's four hits mark a career high, and his three runs equal his previous best. Bryan Adametz also added an outfield assist on a play at the plate in the seventh. This season, the Pack outfield has combined to throw out four runners at the plate, including at least one assist from each of the three outfield positions.

    Brett Austin hit his second double in as many days, but the sophomore's greatest contributions came on the defensive side. In addition to applying the two tags at the plate, Austin caught a runner attempting to steal third in the fourth, and gunned down a lead runner going to second on a sacrifice bunt in the seventh.

    Sam Morgan provided both runs in the eighth with a pinch-hit double over the center fielder's head. Adametz went 2-for-4 in the game with two doubles, improving to 4-for-10 since taking over the lead-off spot on Saturday. Will Nance went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Matt Bergquist scored once and drove in a run.

    NC State starter Brad Stone went 4 1/3 for a no decision, scattering six hits while holding the Tigers (9-5, 2-1) to one run and striking out three. Grant Sasser (1-0) claimed the win on 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball. Ryan Wilkins slammed the door by holding Clemson to one hit over the final 2 2/3, while fanning three.

    Clemson starter Scott Firth took the loss after giving up two runs, one earned, on eight hits during the first 6 2/3. The Tigers utilized four pitchers to navigate the final 3 1/3, combining to allow two earned on two hits.

    The Pack crossed the plate to break a scoreless tie in the second after Fincher's lead-off single to left. He advanced to second on a fielding error by the left fielder and took third on a fly ball to right from the next batter. Jake Armstrong was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners with one out, and broke up a double play on a hit-and-run by Bergquist to score Fincher.

    Clemson tied it 1-1 when back-to-back one-out singles put runners on first and second. A fielder's choice put runners on the corners with two away. Steve Wilkerson's RBI single to third knotted the score.

    State regained command in the sixth, started by Fincher's lead-off triple to the wall in left center. Nance singled up the middle behind him to make it 2-1. Two more runs came in during the Pack's eighth inning. Fincher again led off with a hit, this time an infield single to short. A wild pitch moved him to second with two outs. Morgan pinch hit after Clemson intentionally walked Bergquist, cranking a double over the center fielder's head to clear the bases and extend the Wolfpack lead to 4-1.

    NC State returns to the diamond on Tuesday, March 12, to host Quinnipiac at 6 p.m. Streaming coverage will be provided by GoPack All-Access. Fans can follow along on 88.1 WKNC, on Twitter via @NCStateBaseball, or with live stats on GoPack.com.


     

     

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