The Tigers, who won the series 2-1, improved to 18-8 overall and 6-6 in the ACC, while the Terrapins fell to 14-13 overall, 3-9 in ACC play.
Widmann, the Tigers' fourth-year junior shortstop who entered the day
163 career starts, had never come off the bench. The Hurst, TX native
not in the starting lineup due to an injury, but as a pinch-hitter in
eighth inning, he lined the first pitch he saw to right field to score
Paulsen before the Tigers added three insurance runs in the ninth
Junior lefthander Ryan Hinson (2-3) pitched 7.0 strong innings, allowing
six hits, two runs, and a career-high-tying eight strikeouts to earn the
win. Casey Harman and Matt Vaughn both pitched perfect innings in
to close out the game. Maryland reliever Tim Kearney (0-1) suffered the
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to three hits,
including two doubles. Mike Freeman led off with a single to center and
moved to third on Jeff Schaus' double to left-center. Doug Hogan's
groundout to shortstop plated Freeman and advanced Schaus to
third. Paulsen followed with a double to center to score Schaus.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Terrapins tallied four straight
hits and two runs to tie the score. Gerry Spessard hit a one-out single
the middle and advanced to third on Chad Durakis' double to left
field. Then on an 0-2 pitch, Will Greenberg laced a single to left
to score Spessard and move Durakis to third base. Durakis then scored
Hogan's attempt to pick off Durakis was dropped by third-baseman John
Hinson, as the ball got far enough away for the Terrapin catcher to
In the top of the eighth inning, Paulsen led off with his second double
the game, this time down the left-field line. After Kyle Parker walked,
Wilson Boyd's groundout to first moved the runners up a base.
Stan Widmann then lined a sacrifice fly to right-center, as A.J. Casario
made a tremendous diving catch to rob Widmann of a hit. However,
scored on the play to give Clemson the lead.
In the ninth inning, the Tigers added to their lead with three runs.
Lee led off with a triple to left-center on a ball that caromed off
centerfielder Nick Jowers on his diving attempt. Freeman followed with
double to left-center to score Lee and Schaus reached on a bunt
single. Lee, Freeman, and Schaus, all lefthanded batters, registered
against lefthander Brett Tidball.
After Schaus stole second base, Hogan laced a 1-2 pitch up the middle
the drawn-in infield to score Freeman and Schaus.
Paulsen totaled three hits to pace the Tigers, who outhit the Terrapins
13-6. Freeman, Schaus, and Parker all added two hits apiece, while
totaled a game-high three RBIs. Jowers led Maryland with two hits.
In the three-game series, Tiger pitchers combined for a 1.38 ERA and
opponent's batting average.
Clemson will travel to Athens, GA to take on Georgia on Tuesday at 7:00
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