March 25, 2011
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Yes, there's no place like home. NC State played its first Atlantic Coast Conference game of the season at Doak Field at Dail Park on Friday night and looked very much at home in shutting out 15th-ranked Clemson 6-0 in the first game of a three-game series.
Cory Mazzoni went the distance and tossed a four-hitter for the Pack, his second career complete game and his first career shutout. The four-hitter marked the fewest hits allowed by NC State and the staff's first shutout since an 11-0 three-hitter over North Carolina Central on April 13, 2010. Mazzoni set a new career high for strikeouts in an ACC game with 10. He walked two and hit two batters.
Mazzoni (2-2) was in complete command into the eighth inning. Clemson got an excuse-me double from Jeff Schaus with two out in the top of the first when left fielder Peter Bako caught his cleats in the turf and fell, and Richie Shaffer led off the second with a single up the middle. That was the last anyone heard from the Tigers for the next hour and a half.
Mazzoni retired the next 16 Clemson batters in order, and 20 of the next 21 before the Tigers loaded the bases with two out in the top of the eighth. Mazzoni got Schaus to pop out to shortstop to end the threat. The Tigers put two on with one down in the ninth, but Will Lamb grounded out and Jason Stolz flied to right to end the game.
NC State backed Mazzoni with a five-run fifth inning, capped by Harold Riggins' second homer of the season, a three-run blast. Doubles by Matt Bergquist and Chris Diaz accounted for the first run of the inning, and Pratt Maynard singled in Diaz to make it 2-0. Andrew Ciencin singled to left to put runners on first and second, and Riggins cleared the bases with his big fly to right-center.
That was the end of the line for Clemson starter Scott Weismann (2-3), who allowed five runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. Matt Campbell relieved and got out of the fifth without further damage, but the Pack tacked on one final run in the sixth on a one-out single to center by Bergquist and an RBI double to right by John Gianis.
The victory was NC State's third in a row and lifted the Wolfpack to 13-10 overall and 2-5 in the ACC. The Tigers fell to 12-8 overall and 3-4 in the conference.
Please note: NC State and Clemson will play the second game of this weekend's three-game series on Saturday. Due to the threat of inclement weather, Saturday's game has been rescheduled from 6:30 p.m. to a 2 p.m. start. The game will be broadcast live on WKNC-FM (88.1) and will be available on-line with video streaming on GoPack.com's All-Access package. Live stats will be available on Gametracker. Just click the Gametracker icon on the baseball schedule page on GoPack.com.
Sunday's game against Clemson is still scheduled for 1 p.m.
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