Wild Finish Lifts Pack over Tigers

The Wolfpack rallies to edge Clemson on a go-ahead strike-three wild pitch Thursday evening.

Daniel Wilson

RALEIGH, N.C. — NC State (32-21, 15-13 ACC) found itself locked in a near stalemate with No. 14 Clemson before pulling away late to win its seventh straight ACC game Thursday evening at Doak Field, 3-2.

Redshirt senior right-handed pitcher Johnny Piedmonte got the start on the mound for the Wolfpack and gave up two runs on four hits and two walks in four innings of work. Redshirt junior Cody Beckman succeeded Piedmonte and shut out the Tigers in 3-1/3 innings on the bump.

Beckman was then relieved by redshirt sophomore righty Austin Staley (2-3, 3.69 ERA) who gave up a hit and a walk in an inning before senior left-hander Sean Adler pitched the final 2/3 inning to secure his first career save.

After the Tigers struck first with a solo home run by right fielder Weston Jackson in the top of the second, the Pack took the lead with two runs in the home half of the second. Sophomore left fielder Brett Kinneman reached base with a two-out walk. Junior third baseman Evan Mendoza followed with a single before junior catcher Andy Cosgrove drove both runners in with a single through the left side.

Clemson designated hitter Seth Beer launched a solo home run over the wall in right-center to tie the game at two in the top of the fourth. Both teams were held silent until State pushed the winning run across in the bottom of the eighth in a peculiar fashion.

Following a groundout to start the inning, junior shortstop Joe Dunand dropped a base hit into center before turning on the jets to stretch it to a double. The Miami, Fla. native advanced to third on a groundout before scoring on a wild strike three to freshman second baseman Will Wilson.

With the victory, the Pack has wins in 12 of its last 13 games and will put its five-game winning streak to the test for the second game against the Tigers Friday evening. First pitch is set for 6 pm.

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