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Clemson pounds Pack to earn fifth seed

RALEIGH, N.C. — Clemson took command early on Saturday with five runs in the third inning and added six in the seventh to pound NC State 15-6, earning the fifth seed in next week’s ACC Tournament.

The Tigers will be the fifth seed in the ACC Tournament and be in pool D along with No. 4 seed Virginia and the No. 9 seed.

Clemson also snapped a nine-game conference losing streak, the longest in school history, and finish the regular season 39-17 and 17-13 in the ACC. It is their best finish in the ACC since going 18-12 in 2013. The 39 regular-season wins are also the programs best finish since 2013.

Everyone in the starting lineup had a hit on Saturday, except Kyle Wilkie, who walked three times. Logan Davidson, Reed Rohlman, Set Beer, Weston Jackson, Grayson Byrd and Jordan Greene all had multiple hits.

The Tigers were 10 of 17 with runners in scoring position and going back to the ninth inning of Game 2, they finished the series 14 of 21.

Clemson entered the third inning trailing 1-0 and looking for its first hit of the day before it put together a rally to take the lead.

Greene singled to start the inning, and Wilkie bunted him successfully over to second. Davidson then drove a base hit to right to score Greene and Rohlman doubled advancing Davidson to third.

Beer walked to load the bases, and Weston Jackson singled to right to score Davidson. Rohlman scored on a balk and Andrew Cox walked to load the bases once again. With two outs Byrd singled to score Beer and Jackson as the Tigers led 5-1 after three innings.

In the top of the fifth Clemson plated another run to extend the lead. Jackson walked to start the inning and with two outs Byrd singled advancing Jackson to second. Greene then followed with a single to score Jackson and the Tigers extended the lead to 6-1.

Clemson upped its lead with another run in the sixth inning as Rohlman walked to lead-off the inning. Beer then singled to right advancing Rohlman to second. With one out Andrew Cox singled to right scoring Rohlman for a 7-1 advantage.

NC State chased Pat Krall from the game in the bottom of the sixth and put four runs on the board to cut Clemson’s lead to 7-5. Krall went 5 1/3 innings and gave five runs one nine hits, four of which were earned. Owen Griffith came in with the bases loaded and shut down the threat.

The Tigers responded with six runs of their own in the top of the seventh inning to put the game away. With one out Wilkie walked and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Rohlman doubled with two outs to score Wilkie, and Beer doubled down the right field line to score Rohlman.

Jackson then doubled to score Beer and Cox walked before Chris Williams hit a three-run bomb to left center to make it, 13-5. It was just Williams second hit since he injured his shoulder against Nevada two weeks ago.

Clemson wasn’t done, however. Wilkie walked to start the eighth, and then Logan Davidson doubled to advance Wilkie to third, who later scored on a passed ball and Davidson moved to third. Rohlman then grounded to first scoring Davidson and the Tigers led 15-5.

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