April 14, 2012
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CLEMSON, S.C. - No. 17 NC State evened its series with Clemson behind another brilliant outing by Carlos Rodon, as Trea Turner’s two-out, two-RBI double in the seventh lifted the Pack to a 3-1 victory Saturday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Rodon’s (6-0) sensational freshman campaign continued along with a win over eight innings, striking out eight while allowing one earned run on three hits and four walks. Against ACC competition, Rodon sits 4-0 with 50 strikeouts against 13 walks, and holds a 1.39 ERA in conference with only seven earned over 45 1/3 innings in six appearances. In his last two starts, Rodon has allowed eight hits and two earned runs over 17 innings, striking out 16 in two Wolfpack (23-10, 10-7 ACC) wins.
Chris Overman (3) claimed the save by pitching the final 2/3 with two runners in scoring position. Overman struck out one and didn’t allow a hit. Vance Williams started the ninth, allowing hits to two batters. Travis Orwig struck out the only batter he faced in the ninth.
Turner cashed in the tying and go-ahead runs on a two-out double to the left center gap in the seventh, his only hit of the game. Ryan Mathews sparked the rally with a lead off double, part of a 2-for-4, one run afternoon. Andrew Ciencin had the Pack’s only other multi-hit day, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Tarran Senay drove in Danny Canela for State’s insurance run on a double in a 1-for-3 effort.
Clemson (20-16, 9-8 ACC) starter Dominic Leone (5-3) took the loss by surrendering three earned on nine hits and one walk over 7 1/3 innings, striking out seven. Patrick Andrews pitched the final 1 2/3, holding the Pack hitless and striking out two.
The Tigers broke through with the first run of the game in the bottom of the sixth. Phil Pohl doubled to the right field corner, and Richie Shaffer scored from first after drawing a one-out walk. Shaffer made it to third on the hit, then came home when Brett Austin struggled to come up with the ball in right.
State took a 2-1 lead in the seventh, scoring both on Turner’s two-out double. Mathews led off the inning with a double off the top of the wall in left center. Ciencin had a fortunate one-out single when a chopper to third hit the collar of the infield and stayed underneath the third baseman’s glove. John Gianis moved the runners over with a crucial pinch hit groundout to second, allowing Turner to plate them both on a dart into right center.
The Pack added an insurance run to make it 3-1 in the eighth on Senay’s RBI double. Canela led off the inning with a grounder through the left side for a single. He moved to second on Chris Diaz’s sac bunt, then Senay drove him in with a one-out blast to left. Clemson left fielder Garrett Boulware nearly tracked it down on a slide facing the wall, but the ball found the turf to give Canela time to score.
Clemson made it interesting in the bottom of the ninth against Williams, leaving two runners in scoring position. Jay Baum started the inning with a bloop single over a diving Matt Bergquist on an 0-2 pitch. Joe Costigan singled next to put runners on the corners with nobody out. Tyler Slaton came in and stole second to put the tying runs in scoring position. Orwig relieved Williams, striking out the only batter he faced. Overman came in next, striking out pinch hitter Brad Felder on three pitches, then inducing a pop up to Bergquist for the save.
NC State tries to take the series Sunday at 1 p.m. in a game streamed live on ESPN3.com. Radio coverage will be provided by 88.1 WKNC, fans can follow Twitter updates from @NCStateBaseball, and live stats will be available at GoPack.com.