RALEIGH, N.C. — NC State held off a fierce ninth-inning rally by Clemson and defeated the 12th-ranked Tigers 12-10 on Friday night at Doak Field in Raleigh, N.C.
“Well obviously it was really, really tough for us tonight. Alex threw the ball very well. Their starting pitcher was very good. We kept it close there and then we tried to go to a number of guys there at the end of the ballgame to keep us in it and we just couldn’t find the right recipe there,” Lee told The Clemson Insider following the loss.
The loss handed Clemson its ninth straight ACC loss. The nine-game conference losing streak is the most ever for a Clemson baseball team in the ACC, breaking the old mark of eight set back in 1957. The Tigers began playing baseball in the ACC in 1954.
Alex Eubanks got the start for the Tigers and went six innings, but he gave up five runs on seven hits as all five runs were earned. Ryley Gilliam went one inning and gave up one hit and no runs in relief, while Clemson used the kitchen sink to finish the game going with Patrick Andrews, Carson Spiers, Jeremy Beasley and Mitchell Miller.
The Tigers took the lead in the top of the first inning when Chase Pinder doubled to start the game. With one out he moved to third on a wild pitch before Seth Beer walked. Pinder then slide home safe on a double steal and Clemson led 1-0 after the top of the first inning.
NC State tied the game in the third when it scored on a wild pitch with two outs.
In the fourth inning the Pack took a three-run lead thanks to a three-run home run.
The Tigers plated one run in the top of the sixth after Beer singled to left and Chris Williams doubled to left to move him to third. Andrew Cox, who hit a grand slam in the ninth inning, singled up the middle to score Beer as Williams advanced to third on the play.
That was it for the Tigers after that as Logan Davidson went down on strikes and Jordan Greene flied out to center. NC State led 4-2 after six.
NC State, who has now won 13 of its last 14 games, added an insurance run in the seventh inning with a bomb to right field that was halfway up the scoreboard for a 5-2 lead.
In the bottom of the eighth the Pack pounded out seven runs to stretch the lead to 12-2, including an in-the-park grand slam.
However, the Tigers put on a furious rally in the ninth that came up just short.
Davidson singled to lead things off before Greene walked. Grayson Byrd walked to load the bases, and then Robert Jolly singled to score Davidson. Weston Jackson followed with a single to score Greene, and Reed Rohlman walked to score Byrd.
Beer then singled to score Jolly. With one out Cox then his grand slam to make it a 12-10 ballgame. But in the end Davidson and Green struck out swinging and Clemson lost its record ninth straight ACC game.
Clemson fell to 38-17 overall with the loss and 16-13 in the ACC. The Tigers also fell to sixth place in the ACC after Friday’s conference games.
NC State and Clemson play Game 3 on Saturday at 1 p.m.