April 14, 2012
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CLEMSON, S.C. - No. 17 NC State rallied from a 4-0 deficit to take a 6-5 lead into the eighth, but fell 7-6 in 12 innings at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in the series-opener with Clemson Friday.
Trea Turner tied an ACC single-game record with five stolen bases, becoming the sixth player in conference history to pull the feat. Turner’s NC State single-season record improves to 36-for-37 with the career night. The freshman went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two walks on the evening.
Danny Canela provided most of the Wolfpack (22-10, 9-7 ACC) fireworks on a night when State scored six runs on six hits without a homer. Canela went 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs and his 11th double of the season. Fincher had the only other Pack hit of the ballgame outside of Turner and Canela, an infield single in the fifth.
Reliever Anthony Tzamtzis (3-3) worked 3 2/3 innings, surrendering the game-winning run after holding Clemson (20-15, 9-7 ACC) scoreless for the ninth, 10th, and 11th. Tzamtzis struck out five and gave up three hits, walking three.
Starter Ethan Ogburn left with a no decision after 4 2/3, allowing four runs, all earned, on seven hits and four walks while striking out three. Ryan Wilkins relieved him for 2 2/3, allowing two earned on two hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Travis Orwig faced one batter in the eighth, getting a fielder’s choice.
Clemson reliever Scott Firth (3-0) earned the win by going 6 1/3 innings in relief, throwing over 100 pitches. Firth struck out four and allowed two hits, but gave up three runs, one earned, and walked three. Starter Kevin Brady went the first 5 2/3, allowing three earned runs on four hits and three walks, striking out four.
The Tigers opened up a 4-0 lead, started by a two-run first inning on an RBI single from Richie Shaffer and a run scored during a groundball double play. Clemson added another in the second when a Jason Stolz RBI double to the incline in left center scored Jay Baum from second.
Clemson made it 4-0 in the third, but a diving grab by Fincher with the bases loaded kept the Pack alive. Thomas Brittle singled through the right side to lead off the inning, and scored on Shaffer’s double off the wall in left center. Shaffer moved to third on a single by Phil Pohl, and a one-out walk loaded the bases. Ogburn came up with a strikeout for the second out, then gave up what looked like a surefire single to the next batter, but Fincher came charging in on the flare and dove to make an inning-ending stab, holding the Clemson lead at four.
State started its comeback bid in the sixth, scoring three to chop the lead to 4-3. Turner led off with a rocket single up the middle, then stole second. Brett Austin walked behind him, and the bases went full when Chris Diaz was hit by a pitch squaring to bunt. Canela drove in a pair on a double ripped into the right field corner. A sac fly from Tarran Senay scored the third run.
Clemson recouped one run with a two-out rally in the bottom of the sixth. Brittle singled to right, and advanced to second when Logan Ratledge struggled to pick it up. After an intentional walk to Shaffer, Pohl doubled down the left field line. Brittle scored from second, but Diaz gunned down Shaffer at the plate on a relay to end the inning.
The Pack took a 6-5 lead in the seventh with three more runs. Ratledge took a pitch in the shoulder to come aboard as the lead off man. Andrew Ciencin walked next to put two on. Turner laid down a bunt to move them over, beating the throw easily. The Tigers’ catcher threw to first anyway, and the ball bounced away from first to score the first run of the inning. With runners on the corners, Turner stole second. Austin’s sac fly scored the tying run from third, then Turner stole third for his fifth of the game, tying the ACC single-game record, and scored on Diaz’s sac fly.
The Tigers tied the game 6-6 in the bottom of the eighth. Spencer Kieboom drew a lead-off walk, and pinch runner Tyler Slaton stole second before moving to third on a grounder to second. Wilkins walked Steve Wilkerson to put runners on the corners for Orwig. Orwig induced a high chopper to short, but Brittle beat the throw to first on a potential inning-ending double play, allowing Tyler Slaton to score from third. Tzamtzis came in and escaped the inning on a fly to center with runners on the corners.
The teams battled through three and a half scoreless innings following the eighth, with Tzamtzis working his way out of a two-on, no-out jam in the 10th. The Pack loaded the bases with two outs in the top 10th, but failed to plate a go-ahead run.
In the bottom of the 12th, Clemson scored the game-winner on a play at the plate. Slaton led off the inning with a walk, then stole second. After a strikeout by Tzamtzis, Wilkerson walked setting up a potential double play. Brittle followed by looping a single into right. Slaton came around from second and beat the throw home from Gianis by a fraction.
NC State matches up with Clemson in game two tomorrow at noon. Saturday’s game will be carried by the ACC Network on the Fox Sports family of networks. Radio coverage will be provided by 88.1 WKNC, fans can follow Twitter updates from @NCStateBaseball, and live stats will be available on GoPack.com.