N.C. State came up with five straight RBI singles with two outs in the sixth inning and went on to beat Clemson 13-8 on Wednesday's opening day of the ACC Baseball Championship at NewBridge Bank Park.
The Wolfpack headed into the inning down 4-3, but emerged with an 8-4 lead, getting through Clemson starter Casey Harman, a junior left-hander, and two relievers in the inning.
The Wolfpack (37-20) got clutch, two-out RBI hits from outfielder Kyle Wilson, second baseman Dallas Poulk, outfielder Drew Poulk, first baseman Harold Riggins and third baseman Andrew Ciencin.
Finally, Clemson reliever Kevin Brady, a freshman right-hander, ended the inning by striking out Wolfpack catcher Chris Schaeffer, who was the 11th batter the Tigers faced in the inning.
N.C. State starter Alex Soggard went six innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits, with three strikeouts and two walks.
Wolfpack second baseman Dallas Poulk, who finished the game with three RBIs, added a two-run homer in the seventh inning to put his team up 10-4.
It was the Pack's second homer of the game. Wilson, who was 4-for-5 with four runs and four RBIs, led off the fifth inning by sending the first pitch over the right field wall, giving his team a 3-2 lead.
But Clemson outfielder Jeff Schaus, who was 3-for-4 with four RBIs, hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth and put the Tigers (37-20) up 4-3.
Clemson was outhit by N.C. State, one of the top offensive teams in college baseball, 16-11.
The Tigers swept and outscored the Wolfpack 31-19 in what was both teams first ACC series of the season, back in mid-March.
N.C. State got far better pitching this time around.
Wolfpack relievers Rob Chamra, Grant Sasser were solid, but freshman reliever Anthony Tzamtzis made things interesting, giving up a three-run homer to pinch hitter Will Lamb with two outs in the eighth inning.
N.C. State added three runs in the top of the ninth inning, with RBI singles from Wilson and Ciencin and a sacrifice fly from Riggins.
Sophomore Cory Mazzoni, one of N.C. State's ace workhorses scheduled to pitch Saturday, took the mound in the ninth and earned the save. Now the second man in State's rotation, he had 13 relief appearances last season.
After putting two men by way of as walk and hit batter with one out, Mazzoni came through with two big strikeouts.