BOX SCORE: Clemson 18 Maryland 6
Mike Freeman began Friday in Clemson, received his financial
management degree in the morning, flew to the greater Washington,
D.C. area in the afternoon, then went 4-for-5 with three RBIs to lead
#24 Clemson to an 18-6 victory over Maryland in front of 541 fans at
Bob Smith Stadium on Friday night. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 series
lead, improved to 29-17 overall and 12-10 in the ACC. The Terrapins
fell to 16-35 overall and 4-21 in ACC play. It was the latest
meeting on the calendar between the two teams in College Park since 1972.
The Tigers jumped out to a 9-0 lead through five innings then put the
game out of reach with seven runs in the seventh. Four Tigers in all
made the trek from Tigertown to Maryland after receiving their
degrees on Friday. Wilson Boyd, who received his degree in
management, went 1-for-2 with two RBIs, and Josh Thrailkill, who also
received his management degree, pitched the final 2.0 innings with
three strikeouts. Justin Sarratt, who is out for the season due to
injury, received his management degree as well.
Tiger starter Casey Harman (6-1) won the battle of Harmans on
Friday. In 6.0 innings pitched, he allowed six hits and two runs to
earn the victory.
Brett Harman (4-8), no relation to his starting counterpart, suffered
the loss after yielding six runs (five earned) on six hits in 4.0
Will Lamb hit the first pitch of the game off the top of the fence in
center for a double. Freeman lined the next pitch off the pitcher
for a single to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, tied for the
longest by a Tiger in 2010. After the ball went into shallow left
field, shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez was unsuccessful in picking up the
ball and Lamb scored on the error as Freeman moved to second on the
throw to the plate. After John Hinson's flyout advanced Freeman to
third, Freeman scored on a wild pitch.
Brad Miller led off the second inning with a double to left-center
and moved to third on John Nester's flyout. Miller then scored on
Boyd's sacrifice fly to left-center.
In the fourth inning, Kyle Parker led off with a line-drive double to
center and advanced to third on Jeff Schaus' flyout to right
field. After Miller walked, Nester laced a double down the
left-field line to score Parker. Boyd followed with a grounder up
the middle for a single to score Miller. After Boyd advanced to
second on a wild pitch, Nester scored on a groundout to second by
Richie Shaffer to give Clemson a 6-0 lead.
Clemson added to its lead in the fifth inning. Freeman led off with
a single up the middle and went to third two batters later on
Parker's double down the left-field line on a 1-2 pitch. Freeman
scored on a wild pitch, then Schaus blasted a two-run homer off the
top of the fence down the right-field line, his ninth long ball of the season.
The Terrapins dented the scoreboard in the sixth inning. Matthew
Murakami led off with a single up the middle and Gary Schneider
followed with a double to left-center. Both runners scored on Matt
Marquis' single up the middle, then Brandon Padula walked on four
pitches. David Poutier's single up the middle loaded the bases with
no outs, but Clemson escaped further damage when Harman retired the
next three batters without allowing a run.
The Tigers came right back and scored seven runs, all with two outs,
in the top of the seventh inning. Freeman led off with a single to
right field and went to third on Hinson's single to right. After
Parker walked to load the bases, Freeman was erased at home on
Addison Johnson's fielder's choice. After Jason Stolz struck out for
out #2, Phil Pohl doubled off the centerfield fence to score Hinson,
Parker, and Johnson. Chris Epps followed with an infield single and
Shaffer walked to load the bases. Lamb laced a double to left field
to score Pohl and Epps, then Freeman grounded a single up the middle
to score Shaffer and Lamb.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Rodriguez led off with a single
to right and Murakami followed with a bad-hop single through the left
side. Schneider belted a single to left-center to score Rodriguez,
then Murakami scored and Schneider advanced to third on a throwing
error by Epps. Marquis' groundout scored Schneider.
After a 26-minute delay due to a three light banks going dark, Jon
Wilson led off the eighth inning with a double to right field and
stole third base. Two batters later, Wilson scored on Rodriguez's groundout.
Pinch-hitter Spencer Kieboom led off the ninth inning with an infield
single and advanced to third on Lamb's single through the right
side. Freeman's sacrifice fly to deep left field plated
Kieboom. Two batters later, Parker blooped a two-out single to left
field to score Lamb.
Clemson outhit the Terrapins 18-12 and totaled seven doubles,
including two two-baggers apiece by Lamb and Parker, along with
Schaus' home run. Lamb went 3-for-6 with two RBIs and three runs,
while Parker went 3-for-4 with an RBI, three runs, and two
walks. Freeman tied his career-high with four hits as well.
Schneider paced Maryland by going 3-for-4 with two runs, while
Marquis added three RBIs.
Clemson and Maryland will play game-two of the series on Saturday at 1:00 PM.
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