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    No. 25 Pack Sweeps No. 22 Virginia Tech

    April 7, 2013

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    Top Performers: Grant Clyde (2-for-4, 2 2B, R, RBI), Brad Stone (6.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K)
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    RALEIGH, N.C. - No. 25 NC State completed a three-game sweep of No. 22 Virginia Tech, breaking a 3-3 tie with four runs in the bottom of the eighth on Sunday at Doak Field at Dail Park.

    The Wolfpack (24-10, 8-7 ACC) fell into another 2-0 deficit early, but took a 3-2 lead with three runs in the bottom of the third. Virginia Tech (21-12, 7-8) rallied to tie the game 3-3 in the seventh. State slammed the door with four runs in the eighth to claim the sweep.

    Grant Clyde put an exclamation point on an impressive weekend with a 2-for-4, two-double, one-run, one-RBI performance. Clyde has at least one hit in each of his last five games and finished the weekend 6-for-14 with four doubles, an RBI and five runs.

    Wolfpack hitters combined for 12 two-out RBIs in the final two games of the series. The Pack also took part in a head-shaving fundraiser to benefit Vs. Cancer and the Jimmy V Foundation in their fight against childhood cancer. The head-shaving, coupled with commemorative game jerseys that were auctioned, raised more than $12,000.

    Tarran Senay and Trea Turner each had a pair of hits on the day. Senay extends his current hitting streak to nine games, drove in one and scored once. Logan Ratledge had a pair of RBIs. Brett Austin and Bryan Adametz finished with one RBI each.

    NC State starter Brad Stone ended up with a no decision in his longest career outing. Stone pitched a solid 6 1/3 innings, allowing three earned on four hits and a walk while striking out five. Ryan Wilkins (4-1) picked up the win after holding the Hokies to one hit over the final 2 2/3.

    Virginia Tech reliever Clark Labitan (0-2), who silenced the Pack bats on Friday night, claimed the loss on four runs, none of them earned, over the final 1 1/3 frames. Joe Mantiply started and went 6 2/3. striking out four while holding the Wolfpack to three earned on eight hits.

    Facing a 2-0 deficit in the bottom of the third, Clyde got the Wolfpack started with a leadoff double to left field. Ratledge scored him with an RBI single next and advanced to second on the throw home. Brett Williams followed that with a single bounced through the left side to put runners on the corners. Fincher walked after Williams stole second to load the bases with nobody out. Virginia Tech managed to get the lead runner on a play at the plate during the next at-bat. Austin sent a sac fly to left to tie the game. Adametz knocked a two-out RBI single to center field to put the Wolfpack on top.

    Virginia Tech knotted the score 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh. Tyler Horan singled through the right side as the leadoff, breaking up a string of 11 straight batters retired by Stone. Mark Zagunis followed with a single to right to put runners on the corners. Brendon Hayden sent a sac fly to center to tie the game and chase Stone. Wilkins entered there and, after Zagunis was caught stealing on a pitch out, struck out the first batter he faced to end the threat.

    The Wolfpack finalized the sweep with four runs in the eighth. Turner led off with a single to left and made it to second on a one-out throwing error on an attempted double play. With runners on first and second, Senay singled through the right side to break the tie. An intentional walk to Jake Armstrong loaded the bases with one out. Clyde sent a chopper to third and the throw home missed its target to score the next two runs.

    NC State returns to action on Tuesday, April 9, when it hosts East Carolina. Radio coverage for that game will be provided by 88.1 WKNC. The game will be streamed on ESPN3. Fans can also follow along with live stats from GoPack.com, or on Twitter via @NCStateBaseball.


     

     

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