Zocchi Quiets Cougars

CLEMSON – It's not surprising that two teams ranked in the top seven nationally in ERA would allow one run between them. Fortunately for No. 4 Clemson, it got the only run.

Box Score

Tigers Sophomore right-handed pitcher P.J. Zocchi turned in one of the best performances of the season, coming within one batter of tossing a complete-game shutout.

As it is, he tossed 8.2 innings, allowing just five hits, while striking out eight to lead Clemson to the 1-0 victory over College of Charleston Tuesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. It is the 12th straight win for the Tigers.

"P.J. pitched great," Tigers manager Jack Leggett said. "That's all I can say. The two (pitchers) matched up really well, but P.J. pitched outstanding."

This performance has been some time coming for Zocchi (5-0), who underwent Tommy John surgery in March of 2004.

"He's getting better and better and getting more confidence and more stamina," said Tigers coach Jack Leggett. "He's getting his breaking ball over now. We just made some slight changes with his mechanics and he seems more comfortable."

Zocchi said it's been difficult to go through all the ups and downs that it takes while trying to recover from such a major operation.

"It's hard to have your best stuff all the time," he said. "But as the year has gone along, it seems like I was getting stronger every day."

Clemson (40-13) scored the game's only run in the bottom of the fourth inning when Andy D'Alessio scored Marquez Smith on a sacrifice fly to left field.

Zocchi and some stellar defensive plays by second baseman Taylor Harbin made that lone run stand up, despite the fact that the Tigers committed three errors.

"We didn't play as good as we wanted to defensively, but we made the big plays when we needed to," Harbin said. "We knew that this was a big one for us."

As a team, the Tigers have held College of Charleston (38-13) scoreless for 29.1 consecutive innings dating back to last year.

But Clemson has shut down a lot of teams this season.

The magic number for the Tigers to claim the overall ACC regular season title ahead of North Carolina is two with three games left.

"To get 40 wins with our schedule … is quite an accomplishment nowadays," Leggett said. "But we've got some more goals ahead of us."

Coll. of Charleston 0 (38-13)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Phillip Coker rf.........  4  0  1  0   0  1  1  0   0
Larry Cobb cf............  3  0  2  0   0  0  2  0   0
Chris Campbell 2b........  4  0  1  0   0  0  3  1   1
Ben Lasater 1b...........  3  0  0  0   1  1  7  0   1
 Jedd Cordisco pr........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Jess Easterling 3b.......  4  0  0  0   0  1  0  1   3
Alex Garabedian c........  3  0  0  0   0  1  6  1   0
Graham Maiden dh.........  2  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
 Clay McCord ph/dh.......  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Joey Friddle lf..........  3  0  1  0   0  0  2  1   0
Oliver Marmol ss.........  2  0  0  0   0  2  2  2   0
 Matt Kirkpatrick ph.....  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
 Steve Trask ss..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Jeff Beliveau p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  2   0
 Quinn Monsma p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 30  0  5  0   1  9 24  8   5

Clemson 1 (40-13)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Herman Demmink dh........  3  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Brad Chalk cf............  3  0  0  0   1  0  1  0   1
Marquez Smith 3b.........  2  1  0  0   2  0  1  2   1
Tyler Colvin lf..........  4  0  1  0   0  1  2  0   1
Travis Storrer rf........  1  0  0  0   0  1  2  0   0
Taylor Harbin 2b.........  2  0  0  0   1  0  0  6   0
Andy D'Alessio 1b........  2  0  0  1   0  2 11  0   1
Stan Widmann ss..........  3  0  1  0   0  0  2  2   0
Adrian Casanova c........  3  0  2  0   0  0  8  2   0
P.J. Zocchi p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Daniel Moskos p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 23  1  4  1   4  5 27 12   6

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Coll. of Charleston. 000 000 000 -  0  5  0
Clemson............. 000 100 00X -  1  4  3
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E - M. SMITH(2); STORRER(2); WIDMANN(20). DP - Charleston 1; Clemson 2. LOB
- Charleston 5; Clemson 6. 2B - COBB(14); FRIDDLE(14). HBP - STORRER. SH -
COBB(11); DEMMINK(2); STORRER(4). SF - D'ALESSIO(3). SB - COBB(19). CS -
FRIDDLE(6).

Coll. of Charleston    IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Jeff Beliveau.......  7.1  4  1  1  4  4 22 30
Quinn Monsma........  0.2  0  0  0  0  1  1  1

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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P.J. Zocchi.........  8.2  5  0  0  1  8 29 31
Daniel Moskos.......  0.1  0  0  0  0  1  1  1

Win - ZOCCHI (5-0).  Loss - BELIVEAU (4-3).  Save - MOSKOS (9).
HBP - by BELIVEAU (STORRER).
Umpires - HP: David Savage  1B: Steve Manders  3B: Toby Basner
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