The Clemson softball team knocked off NC State 4-3 in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday, thanks to a walk-off single from Casey Bigham that hit off the wall in center field at McWhorter Stadium in Clemson.
Bigham’s hit allowed Ansley Gilstrap to come home with the game-winning run, as No. 16 Clemson plated three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to stun the Wolfpack.
The comeback allowed the Tigers to extend their win streak to 16 games, while improving to 36-4 overall and 25-4 in the ACC. NC State dropped to 24-16 overall and 14-14 in the ACC. Clemson improved its win streak to 16 games.
Valerie Cagle earned the win for Clemson in a complete game, as she allowed six hits, three runs, walked two and struck out 10. She improved to 22-3 in the circle.
NC State scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning with two outs to take a 3-0 lead over the Tigers. The Wolfpack got two runners on with one out after a lead-off single by Angie Rizzi and a one-out walk from Logan Morris. Cagle got the second out on a grounder to shortstop by Rachel Farricker.
Tatyana Forbes delivered the first run of the inning with a fielder’s choice on a hard hit ground ball to third that scored Rizzi, as she beat out the throw for a 1-0 lead. Forbes stole second before April Visser delivered a two-run single on a 1-2 count that gave the Wolfpack their 3-0 advantage.
In the bottom of the sixth, Clemson responded when Marissa Guimbarda got one run back for the Tigers with a solo shot just inside the left field foul pole that cleared the stadium and cut the deficit to 3-1.
Clemson got life in the bottom of the seventh with some help from Wolfpack pitching and loaded the bases with two outs. NC State elected to intentionally walk Cagle which scored Alia Logoleo to make it a 3-2 game with the bases still loaded.
Wolfpack starter Abby Trahan threw 14 straight balls with two outs forcing them to go with sophomore Sydney Nester. She entered with a 2-0 count on Guimbarda and walked her to score Mackenzie Clark and tie the game 3-3.
On the following at bat, Bigham singled off the wall in center field, scoring Gilstrap with the game-winning run.
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