March 27, 2011
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RALEIGH, N.C. — Richie Shaffer and Jason Stolz drove in two runs apiece, and Scott Firth wobbled through five innings allowing two runs on three hits and six walks Sunday to lift 15th-ranked Clemson past NC State at Doak Field at Dail Park.
NC State won the series two games to one after winning 6-0 on Friday and 5-3 on Saturday. Clemson now is 13-9 overall and 4-5 in the ACC. The Wolfpack had its season-longest four-game winning streak snapped in dropping to 14-11 overall and 3-6 in the conference.
Clemson jumped to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Phil Pohl, Shaffer and Stolz all hit doubles in the inning. Brett Williams tripled home Harold Riggins for NC State in the bottom of the second to cut the Clemson lead to 3-1.
Pratt Maynard drove a two-out first-pitch slider off the scoreboard in right field in the bottom of the third to pull the Wolfpack back into the game at 3-2, but Jon McGibbon hit a solo homer to right in the top of the fourth to make it 4-2, and John Hinson led off the top of the fifth with a tape-measure home run well into the trees beyond the right-field wall to start the fifth.
Hinson’s blast made it 5-2, and NC State starter Danny Healey (1-3) was lifted at that point for Grant Sasser. Healey was charged with five runs, four earned, on five hits in four-plus innings. He struck out three and did not issue a walk. The Tigers added two more runs in the inning off of Sasser. The first came on Shaffer’s RBI single to left, the second when first baseman Harold Riggins was unable to handle the throw from second base on Chris Epps’s grounder. The error allowed Will Lamb to score all the way from second base and give Clemson a 7-2 lead.
Firth (2-0) got through five innings with the 7-2 lead intact, and reliever David Haselden retired the first nine men he faced before running into trouble in the bottom of the ninth when the Wolfpack loaded the bases with one out. Alex Frederick came in for Haselden. Matt Bergquist’s sacrifice fly got one run home, but also put an out on the scoreboard. Frederick then got Jon Gianis to hit into a force play at second base to end the game and record his second save.
NC State will return to action on Tuesday at UNC Greensboro. Game time is 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on WKNC-FM (88.1) and will be available on-line 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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