Noles Top Pack, 8-4

Brett Austin

RALEIGH, N.C. -- No. 5 N.C. State dropped the rubber match of its three-game set against No. 8 FSU, 8-4, at Doak Field at Dial Park on Monday night.

With the loss, the Pack fell to 39-13 overall and 16-10 in the ACC. State is currently in a second place tie with Clemson in the Atlantic Division. The Tigers, however, own the tie-breaker over the Wolfpack due to a series win by Clemson against N.C. State at Doak Field in March.

For the second straight evening, Florida State got started early. N.C. State starting pitcher Brad Stone (2-2) was unable to get out of the first inning. The freshman lefthander yielded back-to-back home runs to Stephen McGee and Marcus Davis and the Pack trailed, 4-0, before coming to bat.

N.C. State attempted to rally in the bottom of the opening frame. Sophomore Trea Turner tripled to lead off the inning. Turner then scored on a groundout to shortstop by sophomore Brett Austin.

With the win, Florida State starter Scott Sitz improved to 9-1 on the season. The right-hander went 5.2 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

The Wolfpack had its chances to close the deficit further, but twice it had potential three-run homers fall short at the warning track.

"We kept clawing and clawing," N.C. State manager Elliott Avent said. "I was in the dugout, I saw the way the felt. I've been around this team all year.

"They (N.C. State) thought we were going to come back and win this game."

N.C. State will conclude the regular season with a three-game set versus Duke at Jack Combs Field in Durham. Gametime for the opener on Thursday is 6 p.m.

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