The Clemson Insider looks back at Clemson’s 3-2 loss to NC State on Thursday night at Doak Field.
The Tigers (38-16, 16-12 ACC) took an early lead in the second thanks to a two-out solo homer from Weston Jackson. The Wolfpack (32-21, 15-13 ACC) answered immediately in the bottom of the frame as they struck for two two-out runs to take a 2-1 lead. Clemson tied the game in the fourth as Seth Beer launched a leadoff homer to tie the game at 2-2. NC State would win the game in the bottom of the eighth as a two-out, strike three wild pitch allowed the winning run to come in and give the Wolfpack the game one win.
The had several momentum swings, but one of the biggest that did not go in the Tigers favor came in the fourth inning. After Beer’s homer had tied the game at 2-2, Chase Pinder drew a walk but was thrown out trying to steal second. Andrew Cox immediately followed with a double while Weston Jackson worked a walk that would have loaded the bases. Clemson would load the bases on a Grayson Byrd HBP, but the Wolfpack centerfielder made an over the shoulder catch on a deep drive from Kyle Wilkie to end the threat and leave the bases loaded.
What went right?
Charlie Barnes made one of his best starts of the season, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk while tying his career-high with 11 strikeouts in a no decision. Despite suffering the loss, Owen Griffith had a good relief appearance with two strikeouts in 1.0 innings. The Tigers outhit NC State 9-8 as Rohlman, Cox, and Jackson each had two base hits.
What went wrong?
Nothing seemed to go Clemson’s way Thursday night. They missed several scoring opportunities, stranding 10 runners in the game, and had a couple of base running miscues. The Tigers also had several close calls go against them as Coach Lee had several conversations with the umpires throughout the game, especially in the latter innings.