RALEIGH, N.C. - Keyshawn Askew pitched 6.1 strong innings to lead Clemson to a 9-3 victory over NC State at Doak Field on Saturday night. The Tigers, who took a 2-0 lead in the series and won their sixth ACC game in a row, improved to 14-10 overall and 8-6 in the ACC. The Wolfpack dropped to 9-11 overall and 4-10 in ACC play.
Askew (1-0) earned the win by allowing five hits, three runs (two earned) and one walk with seven strikeouts. Both earned runs scored after he left the game in the seventh inning.
Geoffrey Gilbert pitched the final 1.2 innings to record his third save of the year. NC State starer Sam Highfill (1-2) suffered the loss, as he gave up seven hits, six runs (five earned) and two walks with six strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched.
Alex Urban belted a two-run homer, his second of the year, in the top of the second inning, then the Wolfpack answered with an unearned run in the bottom of the second inning. Dylan Brewer blasted a two-run homer, his fifth of the year and third of the series, in the fifth inning.
The Tigers added two runs in the top of the seventh inning, one on a balk and one on a passed ball, to take a 6-1 lead. In the bottom of the seventh inning, NC State plated two runs on Austin Murr’s two-out double. Bryce Teodosio led off the ninth inning with his fourth home run of the season, then Brewer belted a run-scoring double and scored on a wild pitch later in the frame.