March 26, 2011
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RALEIGH, N.C. — Rob Chamra and Chris Overman combined to allow one hit in 6 2/3 scoreless innings of relief as NC State defeated 15th-ranked Clemson 5-3 in the second game of a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference baseball series at Doak Field at Dail Park.
Chamra (4-0) pitched five hitless innings before Phil Pohl’s one-out single in the top of the eighth inning. Chamra retired 13 of the 18 men he faced, including the last seven before Pohl’s single. Chamra walked two and struck out five.
Once Pohl reached base, Wolfpack head coach Elliott Avent summoned Overman from the bullpen, and Overman responded by retiring all five men he faced for his first save.
So far, Clemson has 12 hits in the first two games of the series, and only three of them have come after the third inning.
NC State jumped to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on Andrew Ciencin’s first homer of the year, a high fly ball down the left-field line that carried over the wall.
Jason Stolz got one run back for Clemson in the top of the second with an RBI double into the left-field corner, but left fielder Dylan Brown and shortstop Chris Diaz combined to throw out Chris Epps at home plate on the play for the final out of the inning, preserving the 2-1 lead.
The Tigers took the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the third on an RBI single by Jeff Schaus and a double down the left-field line by Pohl. That was the last batter that starter D.J. Thomas faced for the Pack. Chamra relieved and the Clemson offense was done for the day.
With Chamra holding the Tigers at three runs, Pratt Maynard singled in the tying run in the bottom of the third, and Brett Williams drove in what proved to be the game-winner in the bottom of the fourth off of Clemson starter Domonic Leone (0-1). Harold Riggins added a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh.
The victory was NC State’s fourth in a row and lifted the Wolfpack to 14-10 overall and 3-5 in the ACC. The Tigers fell to 12-9 overall and 3-5 in the conference. By winning the first two games of the series, NC State has won the series and will go for the sweep on Sunday.
Sunday’s game is set for a 1 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.
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