DURHAM, N.C. -- Clemson used the long ball and a deep bullpen to defeat N.C. State, 6-3, and decide the Pool B representative in today's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship game.
The win tied Clemson (41-18) with Florida State at 2-1 in pool play, but the Seminoles advanced to the title game by virtue of their 6-3 win Thursday over the Tigers.
The Wolfpack (34-25) entered the game knowing that a win would send them into the title game. They also entered with a pitching staff depleted by their previous game, a 15-inning loss to Georgia Tech.
Trailing 2-1, Clemson scored in the fourth inning when Brad Miller slugged his fifth homer of the season, but the Wolfpack responded with a run in the bottom of the inning.
The Tigers pulled ahead in the sixth inning when Richie Shaffer hit a 3-run homer, his 11th of the year.
Then the Tigers' Chris Epps led off the seventh inning with his 10th homer, and Clemson added another run in the eighth.
Clemson's Scott Weismann worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save.
Miller and Jason Stolz had two hits each for Clemson.