Tigers Romp Gamecocks

CLEMSON – David Kopp has been waiting for a performance like this all season. It had gotten so bad that the confidence level with the sophomore was shaky at best. After his outing against South Carolina, problem solved.

Box Score

Kopp pitched six very strong innings, allowing just five hits and one earned run to lead No. 5 Clemson to the 10-5 victory over No. 7 South Carolina Wednesday night an overflowing Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

It was the first start for Kopp (2-0) since giving up seven runs against Georgia on March 28. "The difference tonight was I had my stuff working for me," Kopp said. "I was able to keep them off balance. I had command of my changeup and fastball all night. …

"We needed this one. I needed a confidence booster and I came out here tonight and pitched very well."

With the win, the Tigers (26-8) take the four-game series with South Carolina 3-1. Clemson has won or split every regular season series with its rival since 2002.

"It feels good to beat them and win the series," Tigers first baseman Andy D'Alessio said. "It just means a lot to beat a top 10 team like that."

The Tigers wasted no time in getting a big lead as they scored three in the bottom of the first, two of which scored on a double by D'Alessio. They added two more in the second to take a 5-0 lead.

All told, the Gamecocks (27-7) used six pitchers, as all nine starters for Clemson got at least one hit. The Tigers also scored five of their 10 runs with two outs.

Tigers leftfielder Tyler Colvin added two RBIs, while catcher Adrian Casanova smacked his fourth home run of the season, which ties the number he hit all of last year.

"Our concentration has been a lot better," Clemson coach Jack Leggett said. "It means a lot to us. We've been playing tough competition and I think that's helped us."

South Carolina starting pitcher Andrew Cruse (3-1) lasted just the first inning. It was his first start since Feb. 10.

"They've been really good all year," said South Carolina coach Ray Tanner. "Clemson is a College World Series team. If you're going to beat them, you have to be at your best and we weren't."

South Carolina scored four of its runs over the final three innings after the Tigers had already built a 10-1 lead.

The Tigers have now won 15 of their last 17 and are playing their best ball of the season. However, Leggett isn't resting on his laurels.

"We've got a long way to go," he said. "We've got to keep getting better. One thing I've learned is anybody on our schedule is capable of beating us."

South Carolina 5 (27-7)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Cheyne Hurst rf..........  3  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
 James Darnell ph/2b.....  2  1  2  1   0  0  0  1   0
Michael Campbell cf......  5  0  1  1   0  0  2  0   1
Robbie Grinestaff lf.....  5  0  1  0   0  0  5  0   2
Neil Giesler 3b..........  3  1  0  0   0  1  2  2   0
Reese Havens ss..........  4  1  3  0   1  1  3  2   1
Drew Martin dh...........  4  0  0  1   0  1  0  0   0
Trent Kline c............  3  0  1  0   0  0  3  0   2
 Ian Paxton c............  1  1  1  1   0  0  1  0   0
Justin Smoak 1b..........  4  1  2  1   0  1  5  1   2
Andrew Crisp 2b/rf.......  4  0  1  0   0  0  2  2   1
Andrew Cruse p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Will Atwood p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Conor Lalor p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
 Alex Farotto p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Harris Honeycutt p......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Dan Luczak p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 38  5 12  5   1  5 24  8   9

Clemson 10 (26-8)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Herman Demmink 3b........  4  2  2  1   1  0  1  0   0
Brad Chalk cf............  2  2  1  1   2  0  1  0   0
Taylor Harbin 2b.........  5  1  1  0   0  1  2  8   2
Tyler Colvin lf..........  5  0  1  2   0  0  1  0   1
Andy D'Alessio 1b........  3  2  1  2   2  1 16  0   0
Marquez Smith dh.........  4  0  1  1   0  0  0  0   0
Travis Storrer rf........  4  1  2  1   0  0  2  0   3
 D.J. Mitchell rf........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Stan Widmann ss..........  4  1  2  1   0  1  1  3   1
Adrian Casanova c........  3  1  1  1   0  1  3  2   1
David Kopp p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Alex Martin p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Matt Vaughn p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 34 10 12 10   5  4 27 14   8

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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South Carolina...... 000 100 121 -  5 12  0
Clemson............. 320 302 00X - 10 12  0
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DP - S. Carolina 1; Clemson 1. LOB - S. Carolina 9; Clemson 8. 2B -
DARNELL(1); HAVENS(10); SMOAK(9); CHALK(5); D'ALESSIO(11); STORRER(3). 3B -
COLVIN(3). HR - DARNELL(2); CASANOVA(4). HBP - GIESLER 2; CHALK; M. SMITH.
SH - CASANOVA(6). SB - AN. CRISP(2).

South Carolina         IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Andrew Cruse........  1.0  3  3  3  1  0  6  7
Will Atwood.........  2.0  6  5  5  0  1 11 13
Conor Lalor.........  1.2  1  0  0  1  1  5  7
Alex Farotto........  0.2  0  1  1  3  1  2  5
Harris Honeycutt....  1.2  2  1  1  0  1  7  7
Dan Luczak..........  1.0  0  0  0  0  0  3  3

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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David Kopp..........  6.0  5  1  1  1  2 22 25
Alex Martin.........  2.0  5  3  3  0  1 11 11
Matt Vaughn.........  1.0  2  1  1  0  2  5  5

Win - KOPP (2-0).  Loss - CRUSE (3-1).  Save - None.
HBP - by KOPP (GIESLER); by KOPP (GIESLER); by ATWOOD (CHALK); by LALOR (M.
SMITH).
Umpires - HP: Jeff Head  1B: Rickey Armstrong  3B: Morris Hodges
Start: 7:06   Time: 2:35   Attendance: 5617
ATWOOD faced 3 batters in the 4th.

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