Boulware blasts Tigers past Wolfpack in ACC opener

Sophomore catcher Garrett Boulware went 4-for-5 with two homers, five RBIs, and three runs to lead Clemson to a 10-5 win over #8 N.C. State in front of 1,642 fans at Doak Field on Friday afternoon.

The Tigers, who took a 1-0 lead in the series, improved to 8-4 overall and 1-0 in the ACC.  The Wolfpack fell to 11-3 overall and 0-1 in ACC play.

The Wolfpack jumped out to a 4-0 lead and had All-America lefthander Carlos Rodon on the mound, but the Tigers scratched three runs in the fourth inning and five runs in the fifth inning off Rodon to take the lead for good.

Boulware’s three-run homer in the fifth inning gave Clemson a 7-4 lead.  He added another long home run in the ninth inning, as they were the first two home runs of his career.  Boulware also set career highs for hits, RBIs, and runs.

Tiger starter Daniel Gossett (2-1) pitched 6.2 strong innings to earn the win.  He gave up five hits, four runs (two earned), and four walks with nine strikeouts.

Photo courtesy of CU Athletics

 

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