BOX SCORE: Boston College 11 Clemson 5
who evened the series 1-1, improved to 12-14 overall and 4-7 in the
ACC. The Tigers fell to 19-8 overall and 8-3 in ACC play. It was also
Clemson's first home loss in league play in eight games.
Clemson grabbed a 4-0 lead in the first inning, but the Eagles
responded with seven runs in the second inning to take the lead for
good. With Boston College ahead 7-5 and the Tiger leadoff batter on
first base in both the fourth and sixth innings, third-baseman Anthony
Melchionda and first-baseman Mickey Wiswall (respectively) made
outstanding defensive plays on would-be doubles with no outs. In fact,
the Tigers had the leadoff batter on base in four of the last six
innings, but they failed to score after the second inning.
Eagle starter Pat Dean (5-0) was the benefactor of Boston College's
stellar defensive effort, as the lefthander shut down Clemson after
the second inning. In 8.0 innings pitched (99 pitches), he allowed
eight hits, five runs, and two walks with three strikeouts to earn the
Tiger starter Will Lamb (3-1) suffered the loss, as he gave up six
runs on four hits and three walks in 1.1 innings pitched. Alex
Frederick pitched a career-high 5.2 innings in relief and struck out a
career-best seven batters.
The Tigers took the game's first lead in the first inning. Chris Epps
led off with a flyball double to shallow left-center and scored on
Mike Freeman's double down the left-field line. Jeff Schaus reached on
a fielder's choice as Freeman was retired at third base. After Wilson
Boyd's infield single, Brad Miller belted a double to left-center to
score Schaus. John Hinson followed with a single through the right
side to plate Boyd and Miller.
The Eagles came right back and scored seven runs in the top of the
second inning to take the lead. Matt Watson led off with a walk on
four pitches, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Philip
Miclat's single to right field. After Brad Zapenas walked, Garret
Smith singled down the right-field line to plate Miclat. Robbie Anston
then lined a double to left-center to score Zapenas and Matt Hamlet
singled up the middle to score Smith and Anston. After a pitching
change, Wiswall blasted a two-run homer to center, his seventh long
ball of the season.
In the bottom of the second inning, Epps drew a one-out walk, advanced
to second on Freeman's groundout, and scored on Schaus' two-out single
up the middle.
The Eagles doubled their lead in the seventh inning when Watson hit a
two-run homer to right field, his fourth long ball of the season. John
Spatola, who reached on an infield single, also scored on the home run.
Boston College added two insurance runs in the ninth inning. Wiswall
and Spatola led off with singles through the right side. Two batters
later, Mike Sudol doubled to left-center to score Wiswall. Spatola
then scored on a wild pitch.
All 10 Boston College batters had at least one hit, as the Eagles
totaled 14 hits in the game. Wiswall went 2-for-4 with a homer, two
RBIs, and two runs, while Anston, Spatola, and Smith all added two
Epps, Schaus, and Miller all had two hits apiece to lead Clemson, who
had 10 hits in the game. The game did not feature an error as well.
The Tigers and Eagles will play the series-finale on Sunday at 12:05
PM. Due to Boston College's travel plans, no inning on Sunday can
start after 4:10 PM.
Clemson falls in game two
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