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Tigers Topple Wolfpack 6-4

Tigers Topple Wolfpack 6-4

RALEIGH, N.C. – Junior lefthander Matthew Crownover allowed just one run on two hits in 7.0 innings pitched in Clemson’s 6-4 victory over NC State at Doak Field on Friday afternoon. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 lead in the series, improved to 8-4 overall and 1-0 in the ACC. The Wolfpack fell to 7-4 overall and 0-1 in ACC play.

Crownover (3-0) earned the win by giving up just two hits, one run and three walks with seven strikeouts. Drew Moyer pitched the ninth inning to record his second save of the season. NC State starter Cory Wilder (1-3) suffered the loss, as he yielded just three hits, one unearned run and three walks with eight strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched.

In the first inning, Clemson took advantage of a Wolfpack error on a potential inning-ending, double-play grounder, as Steven Duggar belted a single to score Tyler Slaton. In the seventh inning, Clemson scored five two-out runs on three wild pitches, including Duggar scoring from second base on a wild pitch, and Chase Pinder’s run-scoring single to up its lead to 6-0. Jake Armstrong and Preston Palmeiro hit homers to narrow the Tigers’ lead to 6-4, but it was not enough.

The series continues Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN3.

[View the story “Clemson at NC State (March 6, 2015)” on Storify]