RALEIGH, N.C. - Despite outhitting Clemson 16-6, eighth-ranked NC State fell 7-4 in the second game of a three-game series, Saturday at Doak Field at Dail Park.
The Wolfpack (11-4, 0-2 ACC) took an early lead for the second time in the series, jumping ahead 1-0 in the first, but the Tigers (9-4, 2-0) responded with five runs in the second to take control. After trading runs in the fourth, State rallied with two in the bottom sixth to trim its deficit to 7-4. That score held for the final three innings.
Bryan Adametz stepped into a lead-off role and performed well with a pair of singles in his first two at-bats. Brett Austin turned in a 3-for-5 performance with two runs, a double and a stolen base. Brett Williams and Tarran Senay each had RBIs on the game. Pitcher Carlos Rodon provided the other when he pinch hit in the sixth.
The Pack had runners on the basepaths early and often Saturday, but couldn't bring many around to score. State outhit Clemson 16-6 while leaving 15 runners stranded on base, 11 of those in scoring position. The Wolfpack combined to go 0-for-4 with the bases loaded.
NC State starter Ethan Ogburn (1-1) took the loss in a short outing. Reliever Anthony Tzamtzis was the first out of the pen, striking out five over the next 5 1/3 innings. D.J. Thomas took it the rest of the way, striking out two over the final 2 2/3.
Clemson reliever Kyle Schnell (1-0) claimed the win in 2 2/3, holding the Pack scoreless while scattering four hits. Starter Clate Schmidt lasted 3 2/3 after surrendering two runs on eight hits.
Adametz led off the game with an infield single to the shortstop, and Austin singled behind him to put runners on the corners. Austin stole second with one out to put two in scoring position. With two away, Will Nance reached on a fielding error to plate the game's first run.
Clemson's second five-run inning in the series came next. Steven Duggar reached on an error and moved to third on back-to-back wild pitches. A walk and a single loaded the bases with nobody out. An RBI single by Jon McGibbon tied the game. One out later, Thomas Brittle broke the game wide open with a grand slam.
State trailed 6-1 heading into the bottom fourth when Austin knocked a two-out single to left. Williams singled to put him in scoring position. Senay kept the rally going with an RBI single up the middle. The Pack added two more in the sixth after Austin's lead-off double down the right field line. Williams singled behind him again to score the first run of the inning. With one out and Williams on third after a stolen base, Rodon sent him home with an RBI single through the right side.