Graham Stoneburner pitched 8.1 strong innings and Ben Paulsen went 4-for-4 with three RBIs to lead #20 Clemson to a 5-3 victory over Boston College in the second game of a doubleheader at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers, who swept the doubleheader and won the series 2-1, improved to 18-7 overall and 7-5 in the ACC. The Eagles dropped to 15-9 overall and 5-5 in ACC play.
Stoneburner (3-2) pitched 8.1 innings, allowing
nine hits, three runs, and four walks with six
strikeouts to earn the win. Matt Vaughn retired
the last two batters with the potential tying run
on first base to record his second save of the
season. Eagle reliever Kevin Moran (2-1)
suffered the loss, as he yielded one run on four hits in 2.0 innings pitched.
Paulsen capped an outstanding series at the play
by going 4-for-4 with a triple, walk, run, and
three RBIs to pace the Tigers' 13-hit attack in
the series-finale. His two-run single in the
ninth inning built Clemson's lead to 5-2. In the
three-game series, Paulsen was 6-for-10 with four
runs, two triples, one homer, five RBIs, and three walks.
Will Lamb added two hits and two runs, while Brad
Miller had two hits and two RBIs. Robbie Anston
led Boston College's nine-hit attack by going
2-for-2 with three walks. The Eagles put six leadoff batters on base as well.
The Eagles grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second
inning. Mike Belfiore led off with a walk and
went to third two batters later on Garret Smith's
single through the right side on a
hit-and-run. Mike Sudol then hit a hard grounder
right at third-baseman Jason Stolz, who elected
to throw to first for the out, as Belfiore scored from third on the play.
In the third inning, Anston led off with a walk
on four pitches and moved to second on Andrew
Lawrence's sacrifice bunt, one of four he had in
the game. Two batters later, Mickey Wiswall
laced a two-out single through the left side to score Anston.
The Tigers responded with a run in the fourth
inning. Paulsen hit a one-out triple to
right-center and scored on Miller's single up the middle.
In the fifth inning, John Nester led off with a
double over the third-base bag and Chris Epps
followed with an infield single. Both runners
moved up a base on Jason Stolz's sacrifice bunt,
then Lamb struck out. Mike Freeman followed with
a hard-hit ball, but it was right at Belfiore at
first for the inning-ending out.
Schaus led off the top of the sixth inning with a
single through the left side. Paulsen followed
with another single through the left side on a
hit-and-run to advance Schaus to third
base. Miller then hit a line-drive single to
left to plate Schaus. However, with runners on
first and second with no outs, the Tigers were
unable to push across the go-ahead run, as the next three Tigers were retired.
Belfiore led off the bottom of the sixth inning
with a single to left-center and advanced to
second on Barry Butera's sacrifice bunt. Smith
followed with an infield single, as Belfiore
advanced to third. Sudol was retired on a
groundout back to the mound for out #2, as Smith
moved to second. Brad Zapenas then hit a liner,
but Stolz made a diving stop to his left on a
short hop and threw to first for the inning-ending out.
The Tigers took their first lead of the game in
the seventh inning. Lamb lined a one-out single
to center and moved to second on Freeman's
infield single. Two batters later, Paulsen hit a
two-out single through the left side to score Lamb, giving Clemson a 3-2 lead.
In the top of the ninth inning, Lamb led off with
a single through the right side. After being
down 0-2 in the count, Freeman squared around to
bunt on each of the next four pitches, but he
took all four for balls and drew a walk. Schaus
grounded out, as both runners moved up a
base. Paulsen then lofted a two-run single to
left-center to plate Lamb and Freeman.
In the bottom of the ninth, Zapenas hit a one-out
single to right and Anston walked for the third
time in the game. John Spatola followed with a
single to left-center to score Zapenas. Vaughn
entered the game for the Tigers and struck out
Tony Sanchez on three pitches for out
#2. Wiswall then grounded out to Miller at short to end the game.
Clemson will travel to Athens, GA to take on
Georgia at Foley Field on Tuesday at 7:00 PM.
Tigers sweep doubleheader
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