Box Score: Maine 6 Clemson 5
Maine improved to 1-0 on the season
and took a 1-0 series lead, while the Tigers dropped to 2-2 in 2012.
The Black Bears built a 4-0 lead with two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings,
then the Tigers rallied with four runs in the seventh inning to tie the score. But
Maine responded with two more runs on two, two-out singles in the eighth inning to
take a 6-4 lead. Clemson put runners at second and third with one out in the ninth
inning, but the Tigers could only manage one run and dropped their second one-run
decision in 2012.
Jonathan Balentina (1-0), the third of four Black Bear pitchers, earned the win by
tossing 1.1 hitless innings in relief. Shaun Coughlin, Maine's scheduled starting
pitcher for game-three on Sunday, recorded the save by retiring all three batters he
Tiger reliever Jonathan Meyer (0-1) suffered the loss, as he yielded two runs on
three hits in 0.2 innings pitched. Starter Kevin Brady pitched 5.0 solid innings,
allowing just four hits, no earned runs, and no walks with five strikeouts.
After four scoreless innings to start the game, the Black Bears broke through in the
fifth inning to take the game's first lead. Mike Connolly reached with two outs on
an error and Colin Gay followed with a two-run homer down the left-field line, his
first long ball of the season.
In the sixth inning, Ian Leisenheimer reached on a one-out, infield single and Alex
Calbick followed with a bloop single to right field. Two batters later with two
outs, Fran Whitten lined a single to right field to score pinch-runner Sam Balzano.
Brian Doran then lined a single down the left-field line to score Calbick, giving
Maine a 4-0 lead.
Clemson finally dented the scoreboard in the seventh inning with the help of the
Black Bears' third error of the game. Pinch-hitter Dominic Attanasio reached on an
error with one out and Thomas Brittle followed with a single to right field. Stephen
Wilkerson then belted a double off the wall in left field to score Attanasio and
Brittle. Richie Shaffer came through with a line-drive double to left field to plate
Wilkerson, then Phil Pohl tied the score with a single to right-center that scored
The Black Bears came right back and regained the lead in the eighth inning. Calbick
drew a one-out walk and advanced to second base on Justin Leisenheimer's check-swing
groundout to third. Whitten followed with a two-out single to left-center to score
Calbick. After Doran singled to left-center, Connolly grounded a single through the
left side to plate Whitten, upping Maine's lead to 6-4.
In the ninth inning, Shaffer and Pohl led off with walks, both on four pitches, then
Jon McGibbon's sacrifice bunt moved the runners up a base. Spencer Kieboom lined out
to left-center to score Shaffer on the sacrifice fly to cut Maine's lead to 6-5, but
Brad Felder flied out to left field to end the game.
Gay, Calbick, Whitten, and Doran all had two hits apiece to pace Maine, who outhit
Brittle and Pohl had three hits apiece, while Wilkerson had a team-high two RBIs to
lead the Tigers, who stranded 11 runners on base.
The loss was Clemson's first in 15 all-time games against Maine, Head Coach Jack
Leggett's alma mater. Friday's matchup was the first meeting between the two teams
Clemson and Maine will play game-two of the three-game series on Saturday at 4:30 PM.
Two-out runs propel Maine to 6-5 win
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