Efficient Wolfpack top Clemson in ACC baseball opener

The (Raleigh)May 23, 2013 

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N.C. State catcher Jake Fincher (30) (right) greets teammate Grant Clyde (22) after Clyde connected for a home run in the second inning to tie the Wolfpack's game against Clemson 1-1 on Wednesday May 22, 2013 during the ACC Baseball Tournament at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.

ROBERT WILLETT — rwillett@newsobserver.com

— N.C. State got everything it wanted Wednesday out of its ACC baseball championship opener.

The Wolfpack got a victory, beating Clemson 6-3 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

The ninth-ranked Wolfpack got a strong start from Brad Stone, a freshman left-hander. It got timely hits, sound defense and more effective work from its bullpen.

The Wolfpack had a four-run seventh inning, knocking out Clemson starter Daniel Gossett and bolting to a 6-2 lead.

Jake Fincher delivered an RBI single and Brett Austin smacked a two-run double in the seventh. Another run scored on a bobbled throw to third after Fincher’s single to left.

Stone gave the Wolfpack five efficient innings before running into trouble in the sixth.

Coach Elliott Avent turned to his bullpen, a Wolfpack strong point all season, and brought in Josh Easley to limit the damage to one run in the sixth and defuse the Tigers during a tidy four-inning stint.

Grant Clyde had a solo home run for N.C. State, which will face Miami in its second tournament game Friday at 11 a.m.

The Hurricanes will face top-seeded North Carolina on Thursday in their first tournament game.

The Wolfpack matched Clemson’s speed with power early in the game.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the second when Shane Kennedy hustled to first to thwart a double play, then stole second and third. Kennedy, who has 20 stolen bases on the season, scored on a passed ball by Austin.

Clyde tied it 1-1 in the bottom of the inning in more dramatic fashion — a towering home run to left, his fourth of the season.

The Wolfpack moved ahead 2-1 in the third as Austin motored down the first-base line to beat out a throw. Tigers second baseman Steve Wilkerson couldn’t handle Austin’s hard grounder as Jake Armstrong scored.

Armstrong had singled to lead off the third, advancing on a sacrifice bunt.

ClemsonNCSU
abrhbiabrhbi
Gibson dh4120Turner ss2100
Wlkrsn 2b4010Fincher rf4121
Duggar rf4010Austin c4012
Blware c4121Senay 1b3000
Kenndy 3b4100Clyde 3b4111
Krieger ss4000Wllms rf4000
McGbn 1b3010Adamtz lf4010
Brittle cf2000Armstrg dh2210
Slaton lf2000Rtldge 2b3100
Bradley p h1000
Triller lf0000
Totals 32381Totals 30664

Clemson0100010013
NC State01100040x6

E—Wilkerson (13); Kennedy (7). DP—NCSU 1. LOB—Clemson 3; NCSU 6. 2B— Boulware (11); Austin (19) HR—Boulware (8); Clyde (4). HBP—Senay; Armstrong. SH—Ratledge (10). SB—Kennedy 2 (20); McGibbon (7). CS—Brittle (4).

ClemsonIPHRERBBSO
Gossett L,9-461/366526
Andrews12/300010

NC StateIPHRERBBSO
Stone W,5-2562113
Easley421103

Stone faced 3 batters in the 6th.

WP—Gossett (15). HBP—by Gossett (Senay); by Gossett (Armstrong). PB—Austin (11). Umpires—HP: Troy Fullwood 1B: Steve Manders 2B: Barry Chambers 3B: Frank Sylvester. T—2:30. A—4,834.

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