Tigers Exact Revenge

CLEMSON – If there was ever a moment to get initiated into the depths of what is the insane rivalry between South Carolina and Clemson, Marquez Smith experienced it.

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Smith joins the Tigers baseball team this season after spending his first two years of college in a junior college in Florida. He's not from the Palmetto State and as a result, could never really fully grasp the extent of hatred between the two schools.

It's also safe to say that even when he smoked a 2-2 slider with two outs into left field in the bottom of seventh that plated two runs for the game winning hit that ultimately led top-ranked Clemson to the 6-4 victory over the Gamecocks Sunday afternoon in an overflowing Doug Kingsmore Stadium that held 5,617 rabid fans.

"Ever since the day I committed here, (the rivalry) is all I heard," Smith said.

The moment was even taken in by star second basemen Taylor Harbin, who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

"Coming in and being a new guy like that and just to be able to stand up there and have the poise and get that hit on a slider, that was a big hit for us," he said. "I think it was really good for the team moral as a whole."

Smith's hit concluded several comebacks by the Tigers (7-2), who trailed 2-0 after the first inning and 3-0 heading into the bottom of the third.

By the time the fifth inning was through, Clemson had tied it at 3-3, with the tying hit coming from Brad Chalk, who got an infield single.

All looked much better for the Tigers until No. 9 South Carolina (9-2) scored on a two-out hit by Drew Martin to make it 4-3 entering the bottom of the seventh.

What wound up being the key inning for Clemson sure didn't look that way early after the Gamecocks got two quick outs. But Chalk and Harbin singled to left to put runners at first and second for the Tigers.

Alex Farotto came in to pitch for South Carolina and promptly hit Tyler Colvin to load the bases. Jeff Jeffords then entered to pitch and walked Travis Storrer to tie it at 4-4. Shawn Valdes-Fauli replaced Jeffords on the mound and five pitches later, Smith cracked his single to score two runs.

"We had two or three opportunities in this ballgame where we could have given up if we weren't as tough as we are," Clemson coach Jack Leggett said. "We had to comeback three or four times and I was real pleased with how this team responded."

Senior Josh Cribb, who pitched two-thirds of an inning, got the win and improved to 3-0 on the season, while Andy Lambert took the loss to drop to 2-1.

The win by the Tigers evened up the series with South Carolina at 1-1, which is exactly what Leggett wanted on what is his 52nd birthday after the Gamecocks grabbed a 6-2 win in Columbia Saturday.

"There was only one thing I wanted on my birthday and this was it," he said. "There's nothing else. I don't care. I don't need any cake. I don't need anything else. This is what makes me happy. I just like the way we responded after a tough loss yesterday."

By beating College of Charleston on Friday and splitting the series with South Carolina, the question now is will the Tigers remain as the No. 1 team in the country.

"There's a lot of people that are losing ball games out there," Leggett said. "It's tough. There's some good teams out there. I don't know who is the most deserving team, but I'm not worried about it. Whatever happens, happens.

"We're just going to keep on playing and try to go one game at a time and if we're still there, we're still there. And if we're not, then we'll hang around a little bit and see if we can't get back up there again."

South Carolina 4 (9-2)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Cheyne Hurst lf..........  4  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   2
Michael Campbell cf......  4  1  2  0   0  1  3  0   0
Neil Giesler 3b/1b.......  3  1  2  1   1  0  3  3   0
Robbie Grinestaff dh.....  4  1  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
Justin Smoak 1b..........  2  0  1  2   0  0 10  1   0
 James Darnell pr/3b.....  1  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   1
Reese Havens ss..........  3  0  0  0   1  1  0  4   1
Chris Brown 2b...........  3  0  0  0   1  0  2  4   0
Mark Stanley rf..........  3  0  0  0   0  2  1  0   0
 Andrew Crisp ph.........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Trent Kline c............  2  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   0
 Drew Martin ph..........  1  0  1  1   0  0  0  0   0
 Ian Paxton c............  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Forrest Beverly p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Mike Cisco p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Chase Tucker p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Andy Lambert p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
 Alex Farotto p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Jeff Jeffords p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Shawn Valdes-Fauli p....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 31  4  7  4   3  4 24 13   4

Clemson 6 (7-2)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Herman Demmink 3b........  5  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
Brad Chalk cf............  3  1  2  1   0  0  2  0   0
Taylor Harbin 2b.........  4  2  3  0   0  0  1  5   0
Tyler Colvin lf..........  3  1  0  0   0  1  3  1   3
Travis Storrer rf........  2  0  1  1   2  0  3  0   0
Marquez Smith dh.........  3  0  1  2   0  0  0  0   0
Andy D'Alessio 1b........  4  0  0  0   0  1 11  0   3
Stan Widmann ss..........  4  2  2  0   0  1  4  3   1
Adrian Casanova c........  3  0  0  1   0  0  3  1   0
Stephen Faris p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
 Josh Cribb p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Ryan Hinson p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Steve Richard p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 31  6 10  5   2  3 27 12   7

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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South Carolina...... 201 000 100 -  4  7  1
Clemson............. 001 110 30X -  6 10  2
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E - HAVENS(3); WIDMANN(2); CASANOVA(1). 
DP - S. Carolina 1; Clemson 3. 
LOB - S. Carolina 4; Clemson 7. 
2B - SMOAK(5); HARBIN(2). 3B - WIDMANN(1). 
HBP - SMOAK; COLVIN. 
SH - CHALK(4); M. SMITH(1); CASANOVA(4).
SB - CAMPBELL(1).

South Carolina         IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Forrest Beverly.....  4.2  6  3  2  0  1 18 20
Mike Cisco..........  0.2  1  0  0  1  0  2  4
Chase Tucker........  0.1  0  0  0  0  0  1  1
Andy Lambert........  1.0  2  2  2  0  1  5  5
Alex Farotto........  0.0  0  1  1  0  0  0  1
Jeff Jeffords.......  0.0  0  0  0  1  0  0  1
Shawn Valdes-Fauli..  1.1  1  0  0  0  1  5  5

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Stephen Faris.......  6.1  5  4  3  0  3 23 24
Josh Cribb..........  0.2  1  0  0  1  1  3  4
Ryan Hinson.........  0.2  1  0  0  1  0  2  3
Steve Richard.......  1.1  0  0  0  1  0  3  4

Win - CRIBB (3-0).  
Loss - LAMBERT (2-1).  
Save - RICHARD (2).
WP - CISCO(1); HINSON 2(2). 
HBP - by FARIS (SMOAK); by FAROTTO (COLVIN).
Start: 2:03   Time: 2:30   Attendance: 5617
FAROTTO faced 1 batter in the 7th.
JEFFORDS faced 1 batter in the 7th.

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