The Tar Heels, who evened the series 1-1, improved to 9-2 overall and 1-1 in ACC play, while the Tigers dropped to 6-3 overall and 1-1 in the ACC.
Warren (2-0) pitched 7.0 innings, allowing three hits, two unearned
runs, and two walks with eight strikeouts to earn the win. Colin
Bates pitched 2.0 hitless and scoreless innings in relief to record
his first career save. Tiger starter Graham Stoneburner (0-2)
suffered the loss, as he gave up four runs (three earned) on four
hits in 2.1 innings pitched. Freshman relievers Will Lamb and Scott
Weismann combined to pitch the final 5.2 innings, allowing just two
hits and no runs.
The Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Leadoff
batter Brad Miller reached on a throwing error and went to second on
a wild pitch. Three batters later, Wilson Boyd grounded a two-out
single up the middle to score Miller.
In the bottom of the first inning, Levi Michael hit a one-out,
infield single and stole second base. Two batters later, Kyle Seager
lined a two-out single to right field to score Michael.
In the third inning, Michael led off with a double down the
right-field line. Dustin Ackley then reached on a fielding error by
Miller at shortstop and Seager loaded the bases with no outs on a
line-drive single to right field. Later in the inning, Mark Fleury,
Ryan Graepel, and Mike Cavasinni all walked with the bases
loaded. Two batters later, Ben Bunting drew a two-out walk to score
Fleury. The Tigers entered the game having allowed just 16 walks all
season, but four Tar Heels scored on walks in the frame.
The Tigers cut into the North Carolina lead in the sixth
inning. Miller reached on an error to lead off the frame for the
second time in the game. After Mike Freeman walked and Ben Paulsen's
lineout to left-center moved Miller to third, Boyd's groundout
advanced Freeman to second, as Miller held at third. Miller then
scored on Warren's balk, cutting the Tar Heel lead to 5-2.
In the ninth inning, Ben Paulsen reached on North Carolina's third
error of the day. Boyd followed with a deep drive to
right-center. But right-fielder Garrett Gore reached over the fence
and robbed Boyd of a potential two-run homer. Gore then threw to
first base to double off Paulsen. Kyle Parker then grounded out to
end the game.
Clemson and North Carolina will play game-three of the three-game
series at Boshamer Stadium on Sunday at 1:00 PM.
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