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NC State snaps conference skid with win at Clemson

Posted April 6

— D.J. Thomas tied his career long with 5 2/3 shutout innings of relief, while Trea Turner and Andrew Knizner combined to go 7-for-10 with three runs, three RBIs, two doubles and a homer, as NC State baseball returned to form with a 9-4 win over No. 15 Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday.

Turner led off the game by manufacturing a run in the first to give NC State (18-12, 4-10 ACC) a 1-0 lead, before Clemson (20-10, 9-4) stormed back with two unearned runs in the bottom first. Knizner’s solo shot to left, his fourth homer of the year, made it 2-2 in the top sixth. Turner plated the go-ahead RBI with two outs in the seventh. In the top ninth, State’s bats finally woke up to the tune of six runs. The Tigers scored twice in the bottom half to set the final at 9-4.

Wolfpack pitchers did not allow a walk for the first time since Carlos Rodon's NCAA Regional complete game against William & Mary on June 1, 2013. Thomas (2-0) claimed the win by holding Clemson to three hits while striking out a pair, retiring 17 of 20 batters on the afternoon including 12 in a row from the second to the sixth. The senior lefthander relieved starter Andrew Woeck after 1 1/3. Woeck allowed two unearned runs on three hits. Eric Peterson collected his second save of the year on two innings of relief to close.

Turner contributed four hits for the fourth time in his career, and first time since March 5, 2013, one off of his career high of five set April 21, 2012 against Boston College. He becomes the first Wolfpack hitter to record four hits since Logan Ratledge pulled the feat on March 5 against N.C. A&T. Turner returned to the leadoff spot for the fifth time this year.

Turner is batting .431 (22-for-51) from the top two spots in the order. He finished the day 4-for-5 with two runs, two RBIs, and the 97th stolen base of his career, 10th this year.

Knizner notched three hits for the third time in his career, two shy of his career high of five set March 15 at Florida State. The freshman doubled in his first two at-bats, then parked a solo shot in left to tie the game with his third. Knizner finished the day 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, a run, and an RBI.

Brett Austin went 2-for-5 with a double, a pair of RBIs, and a run scored. He and Knizner now share the team lead with seven doubles on the year. Preston Palmeiro drew the start at first and scored once. Jake Fincher drove in a pair with his second triple of the year, and scored on the same play by jarring the ball loose on a headfirst slide into third.

Jake Armstrong scored twice on the afternoon with a walk. Garrett Suggs went 1-for-3 with a run scored. Logan Ratledge added a 1-for-3 performance with a walk.

Turner scored in the first by leading off the game with a single through the left side, stealing second, then scoring from second on a passed ball. After Clemson scored twice in the bottom half, State answered with Knizner’s homer in the sixth to knot it 2-2.

Ratledge started the seventh-inning rally with a one-out single to center. A fielder’s choice left the Pack with two down and a runner on first. Suggs singled through the left side to set the stage for Turner, who delivered an RBI single up the middle to put State ahead 3-2.

NC State’s six-run rally in the ninth started with Armstrong’s one-out walk. Suggs was hit by pitch to put two on for Turner, who singled through the left side to make it 4-2. Palmeiro singled to short to put two on for Austin’s two-RBI double down the right field line. Fincher tripled with two outs and went diving into third headfirst. The collision knocked the ball free, allowing Fincher to race home and extend the lead to 9-2.

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  • jmcdow2792 Apr 7, 11:49 a.m.

    They looked good on TV.

  • Jcwolf75 Apr 7, 8:39 a.m.

    It's about time!

  • Super Hans Apr 7, 7:58 a.m.

    **bronx cheer**

  • BB5 Apr 7, 6:32 a.m.

    ....and a skid it was.

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 3
DUR 5
 
Final
PIT 0
CAR 10
 
Final
CIN 7
CHC 2
Final
DET 3
NYY 2
Final
SFG 4
COL 1
Final
BAL 5
TAM 4
Final
NYM 1
ATL 6
9th
CWS 2
CLE 3
 
9th
KAN 5
MIN 5
 
9th
HOU 4
TEX 2
 
3rd
ANA 3
OAK 0
 
Final
SCAR 28
TEXAM 52
Final
LAMON 17
WAKE 10
 
4th
MISS 28
BSU 13
 
4th
TULSA 20
TULA 28
 
2nd
WASU 3
RUTG 14
 
1st
ARST 10
WEBER 0
 
1st
VANDY 0
TEMPL 0
 
Final
JAC 14
ATL 24
 
Final
BUF 0
DET 23
 
Final
CIN 35
IND 7
 
Final
GBP 34
KAN 14
 
Final
PHI 37
NYJ 7
 
Final
MIA 14
STL 13
 
Final
PIT 0
CAR 10
 
Final
NYG 16
NEP 13
 
Final
TAM 10
WAS 24
 
Final
NOS 13
BAL 22
 
Final
CLE 33
CHI 13
 
Final
DAL 3
DEN 27
 
Final
TEN 3
MIN 19
 
Final
HOU 13
SFX 40
 
2nd
SDC 9
ARI 3
 
2nd
OAK 28
SEA 7
 
Final
NOR 3
DUR 5