For Clemson's 14th-ranked Tigers, it might have been better off to have let the weather have its way.
Monday night's ACC/ESPNU special, played in a persistent drizzle on the heels of a day-long downpour, did nothing to enhance Clemson's pursuit of top-ranked Florida State in the ACC Atlantic, as the Tigers fell to NC State 7-1 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
NC State 7, Clemson 1
The preseason ACC favorite Wolfpack, reeling after three straight conference series sweeps and a 10th straight ACC loss to the Tigers on Saturday, bounced back to claim the series, while pushing Clemson (20-11, 9-5) three games behind Florida State and into third place behind Wake Forest in the division.
Coming off a 9-4 victory over the Tigers on Sunday, the Wolfpack grabbed a quick 1-0 lead in the first on a walk, a wild pitch and a run-scoring single, and then added a pair of runs in the second on an infield single, a walk, and a two-out, two-run throwing error by Clemson shortstop Tyler Krieger.
The Tigers got a run back in the bottom of the second when Jay Baum doubled, and then advanced and scored on a pair of wild pitches, but State answered with a run in the fourth off another error - Clemson's third of the game.
The Wolfpack tacked on another run in the seventh on a single, a walk, a sacrifice bunt and a run-scoring sacrifice fly.
The Tigers missed a scoring chance in the seventh, after loaded the bases with one out, and then allowed two more Wolfpack runs in the top of the ninth, aided by Clemson's fourth error of the game.
In addition to feasting on Clemson's defensive miscues, the Wolfpack outhit the Tigers 10-7.
Clate Schmidt took the loss for the Tigers, who will be back in action at home on Tuesday in a 6:30 p.m. game against Georgia.
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