Clemson, who took a 1-0 series lead, improved to 15-2 overall and 4-0 in the ACC. With Georgia Tech's loss at Maryland on Friday night, Clemson became the last unbeaten team in ACC play. The Hokies dropped to 13-6 overall and 2-2 in the ACC.
Harman (4-0) earned the win by tying his career high with 7.1 innings
pitched. He allowed just one hit, a single in the sixth inning, no
runs, and three walks with four strikeouts. David Haselden pitched the
final 1.2 innings without allowing a hit or run to record his first
career save. The two Tiger hurlers tossed the one-hit shutout against
a team that entered the game with a batting average of .354 and was
averaging over nine runs per game.
Hokie starter Justin Wright (2-3) was nearly as unhittable despite
suffering the loss. In 5.2 innings pitched, he yielded just two hits,
two runs, and a career-high five walks with six strikeouts.
The Tigers dented the scoreboard first in the third inning. Will Lamb
led off with a double to left-center, went to third on Chris Epps'
groundout, and scored on Mike Freeman's sacrifice fly to right field.
Harman gave up his first hit with two outs in the top of the sixth
inning when Sean Ryan bounced a single up the middle. Austin Wates
followed with a walk, but Harman got Anthony Sosnoskie to ground out
to keep the Tigers ahead 1-0.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Kyle Parker drew a one-out walk and
advanced to second on Wilson Boyd's single to left field. After Brad
Miller loaded the bases with a walk, John Hinson walked to plate
Parker. But the next two Tigers were retired to keep the Hokies behind
by only two runs.
Clemson added to its lead in the eighth inning. Boyd reached with one
out on an error. Miller followed with a single through the right side
as Boyd was running on the pitch. Boyd tried to score all the way from
first on the play but was retied at the plate 9-6-2 for out #2. Hinson
then kept the inning alive when he reached on another error and John
Nester loaded the bases with an infield single. Lamb then walked on a
3-2 pitch to score Miller, giving Clemson a 3-0 lead.
In the ninth inning, Wates reached for the fourth time in the game
when he led off with a hit-by-pitch and Sosnoskie walked. After
Michael Seaborn popped up for out #1, Ronnie Shaban walked to load the
bases. Mike Kaminski struck out looking for out #2, then pinch-hitter
Buddy Sosnoskie struck out to end the game.
Lamb, a native of Seaford, VA, had the game's lone extra-base hit
(double), scored a run, and had an RBI from the #9 spot in the batting
order. Miller also went 1-for-2 with a run and two walks for the
Tigers, who had four hits in the game.
Ryan had the Hokies' lone hit, while Wates was 0-for-0 with two walks
and two hit-by-pitches.
Clemson's 3-0 win on Friday marked the Tigers' first shutout against
an ACC team since March 23, 2008 when the Tigers blanked N.C. State 2-0.
Due to the threat of inclement weather on Sunday, the two teams will
wrap up the three-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday. The
first game on Saturday will start at 2:30 PM. The second game will
follow at 6:30 PM or 45 minutes after the conclusion of the first game
on Saturday, whichever time comes later in the day. The first game of
the doubleheader will not be on TigerCast, however the series-finale
(second game of doubleheader) will be available on TigerCast.
Tigers shutout Hokies
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