The Tigers fell to NC State 5-3 Saturday afternoon at Doak Field.
Dominic Leone got his first start since an injury sidelined him early in the season. Leone went 3.2 innings and gave up five hits and four earned runs. Jonathan Meyer came in for Leone in the fourth and pitched well keeping the Tigers close. Meyer pitched 4.1 innings only giving up two hits and an earned run.
For the second day in a row the Tigers struggled at the plate. After putting up only three hits Friday night the Tigers only managed six hits Saturday afternoon.
NC State jumped out to an early lead as they plated two runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Clemson responded with one in the top of the second. Richie Shaffer walked with one out. With two outs Epps singled to the left advancing Shaffer to second. Jason Stolz doubled down the left field line scoring Shaffer while Epps was thrown out at the plate. After two the Tigers trailed 2-1.
The Tigers took the lead in the top of the third. John Hinson doubled down the right field line with one out. Brad Miller worked a walk. Jeff Schaus singled to right scoring Hinson and sending Miller to third. Phil Pohl doubled down the line scoring Miller. Clemson took a 3-2 lead to the bottom of the third.
The Pack responded with a run in the bottom of the third to tie the score 3-3. NC State added another run in the fourth to take the lead again 4-3.
In the seventh inning NC State added another insurance run. After pulling off a double steal to move the runners to second and third with one out, a sacrifice fly scored the runner from third.
With the loss the Tigers fell to 12-9 on the season and 3-5 in the ACC. NC State moved to 14-10 overall and 3-5 in the ACC. The two teams will play the final game of the series Sunday at 1 PM.