April 12, 2012
CLEMSON, S.C. - No. 17 NC State travels to Clemson for a pivotal three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Friday’s game will begin at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 12 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. Saturday’s game will be televised live by the ACC Network, while Friday and Sunday’s games will be streamed on ESPN3.com.
Friday, Ethan Ogburn (3-2, 2.20 ERA) takes the mound against righthander Kevin Brady (1-2, 2.72). Carlos Rodon (5-0, 1.41) faces off with righthander Dominic Leone (5-2, 5.18) in game two. Logan Jernigan (3-1, 5.08) goes up against righthander Kevin Pohle (4-1, 1.94) in the finale.
State (22-9, 9-6 ACC) will look to carry the momentum from a 14-2 trouncing of Elon this Wednesday into the road series. Clemson (19-15, 8-7 ACC) defeated Furman 12-5 on Tuesday before dropping an 8-7 decision to Georgia at home on Wednesday. Last weekend, Clemson swept Duke on the road.
In 2011, the Pack took two of three from the Tigers in Raleigh, but Clemson prevailed 6-3 in the ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C. The last time NC State visited Clemson, in 2010, the Tigers swept the series. The Wolfpack trails 71-109-1 in the all-time series against Clemson.
Trea Turner set the NC State single-season record with his 31st stolen base during the week, improving to 31-for-32 on steal attempts this season. Turner celebrated his accomplishment by finishing the game 3-for-4, a homerun shy of the cycle, and four RBIs.
Chris Diaz enters the series leading all Wolfpack hitters with a .362 batting average, 46 hits, and 30 RBIs. Since moving to the number two spot in the order five games ago, Diaz is batting .333 with five runs and four RBIs.
Jake Fincher sports a .467 average over his last four games, going 7-for-15 with three runs and an RBI. The freshman ranks fourth in the ACC in batting average against conference opponents at .362.
Danny Canela has nine RBIs in his last five games, highlighted by a three-run homer at Old Dominion, a three-RBI afternoon Saturday at Maryland, and two RBIs in the Pack’s win over Elon.
Radio coverage for all three games will be provided by 88.1 WKNC, fans can follow Twitter updates from @NCStateBaseball, and live stats will be available at GoPack.com.