RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State scored six two-out runs in the second inning and cruised to a 14-6 win over Clemson at Doak Field on Sunday afternoon. The Wolfpack, who won the series 2-1, improved to 9-4 overall and 2-1 in the ACC. The Tigers, who lost back-to-back games for the first time in 2015, dropped to 8-6 overall and 1-2 in ACC play.
Clemson scored in the top of the first inning on a balk, then NC State responded with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Wolfpack broke the game open with six two-out runs in the second inning, highlighted by a two-run homer by Jake Armstrong. After the Wolfpack scored three runs in the third inning, Reed Rohlman belted a solo homer in the fourth inning, his second long ball of the season.
Righthander Johnny Piedmonte (1-0) earned his first career win by allowing four hits, two runs and three walks with four strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched. The Wolfpack pitchers were aided by six double plays turned behind them. Tiger starter Brody Koerner (2-2) suffered the loss after pitching just 1.2 innings.
The Tigers return to the diamond Wednesday at 7 p.m. when they face Michigan State at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C.
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