Sophomore catcher Garrett Boulware went 4-for-5 with two homers, five RBIs, and three runs to lead Clemson to a 10-5 win against No. 9 N.C. State at Doak Field on Friday.
The Tigers improve to 8-4 overall and 1-0 in the ACC. The Wolfpack fall to 11-3 and 0-1.
The Wolfpack jumped to a 4-0 lead and had All-America lefthander Carlos Rodon on the mound, but the Tigers scratched three runs in the fourth inning and five in the fifth off Rodon to take the lead for good. Boulware’s three-run homer in the fifth inning gave Clemson a 7-4 lead. He added another long home run in the ninth. Boulware set career highs for hits, RBIs, and runs.
Tiger starter Daniel Gossett (2-1) pitched 62/3 innings to earn the win. He gave up five hits, four runs (two earned), and four walks with nine strikeouts. Kyle Schnell allowed one hit and one run with three strikeouts in the final 21/3 innings.
Rodon (1-2), the first of five Wolfpack hurlers, suffered the loss. He surrendered eight hits, eight runs, and three walks with eight strikeouts in 41/3 innings.
To start Clemson’s fourth inning, Shane Kennedy walked and Steven Duggar was hit-by-pitch. After both runners advanced on an error on a failed pickoff attempt, Boulware flared a single to center to score Kennedy. Jon McGibbon followed with a single through the right side to score Duggar, then Krieger blooped a single down the right-field line to load the bases. Maleeke Gibson reached on a fielder’s choice as Krieger was retired at second and Boulware scored.
In the fifth, Jay Baum led off with a single up the middle and stole second. Two batters later, Kennedy walked, then Duggar lined an 0-2 pitch to left-center for a single to score Baum. Boulware then belted a three-run homer to left field. McGibbon followed with a single to right field and advanced to second on Krieger’s groundout. Gibson came through with a two-out double down the right-field line to score McGibbon and give Clemson an 8-4 lead.
Clemson and N.C. State will play today at 4 p.m.
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