Four Wolfpack pitchers combined to allow only one of 14 Clemson baserunners to score in No. 8 N.C. State’s 4-1 win over the Tigers in front of 2,087 fans in Raleigh on Sunday afternoon.
N.C. State (12-4, 1-2 ACC) pitchers combined to strand 10 Tigers on base, including nine in scoring position. That does not count a Tiger caught stealing at third and two runners thrown out at the plate on singles. Thirteen of Clemson’s 14 baserunners reached scoring position. Wolfpack pitchers also did not allow a run in the final six innings after Clemson (9-5, 2-1 ACC) put its leadoff batter on base in five of those innings.
Grant Sasser (1-0), the third of four Wolfpack hurlers, earned the win by tossing 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Ryan Wilkins allowed just one hit and no runs with three strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings pitched to record his second save of the season.
Tigers starter Scott Firth (2-2) suffered the loss despite pitching 6 2/3 effective innings. He gave up eight hits, two runs (one earned), and one walk with three strikeouts.
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Eight of the nine Tiger starters had at least one hit, led by Shane Kennedy and Maleeke Gibson with two hits apiece.Clemson will host Charleston Southern at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.