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Clemson Takes Baseball Series From NC State

This was the Tigers first series win in Raleigh since 2013.

North Carolina v North Carolina State Photo by Lance King/Getty Images

Clemson 10 NC State 6

Dylan Brewer swung a big bat to help the Tigers get a huge comeback win to take Game 1 of the Textile Series. Brewer knocked a two run homer in the first to put the Tigers on the board first. Then, with the Tigers staring down the barrel of a 6-2 deficit, Brewer struck again in the fifth by launching a game tying grand slam. Clutch hitter Alex Urban broke the tie in the eighth with a two run single, and then Kier Meredith added a two run single of his own to put the Tigers up 10-6. NC State couldn’t push anything across in the eighth and ninth, allowing Clemson to take game one. The Tigers once again got some long innings out of the pitching staff in the early game. Nick Hoffman went five innings, giving up six runs on twelve hits, and Nick Clayton came in with a strong finish, going four innings, surrendering no runs on just two hits.

Clemson 9 NC State 3

Saturday night the Tigers facing a Wolfpack squad that was wearing what I could only describe as leisure suits.

The Pack were going for a throwback look and I usually can commend that, but these really gave off the vibe of something a lounge singer in a cheap 1970’s hotel would wear. I think the looseness of the pants kills any kind of throwback look for me. Good for them for being daring, I suppose.

Once again, Keyshawn Askew gave Clemson a good, long outing, going 6.1 innings and striking out seven Pack hitter en route to his first win of the season (1-0). Dylan Brewer, Alex Urban, and Bryce Teodosio all went yard for the Tigers in the series clinching win.

NC State 9 Clemson 5

After clinching the series, the Tigers were unable to pull off the sweep in Raleigh. It was a back and forth affair early as Clemson tacked up three runs in the second, and State responded with a two run third inning. It was knotted at five a piece heading to the eighth before the Pack capitalized on a Clemson error and some mistakes to put up a four run inning, which Clemson couldn’t overcome.

The Tigers now sit at 14-11 on the season with an 8-7 ACC record. This is Clemson’s third straight ACC series win. Clemson sits at fourth in the Atlantic Division, behind Louisville, Notre Dame, and Florida State. Clemson will have this week to rest up with no midweek games, before a big, nationally televised, home weekend series with a struggling Virginia team. Friday’s 6:00 PM game and Saturday’s 8:00 PM games will be on ACC Network, while Sunday’s game will be on ESPN2 at 1:00 PM.