BOX SCORE: Clemson 12 Maryland 8
The Tigers, who took a
2-0 series lead and reached the 30-win mark for the 36th season in a
row, improved to 30-17 overall and 13-10 in the ACC. The Terrapins
fell to 16-36 overall and 4-22 in ACC play.
The back-and-forth game saw the Tigers score two runs in the top of
the first, only to see Maryland score four runs in the bottom of the
first. Clemson scored two runs in the top of the second, but the
Terrapins regained the lead with a run in the bottom of the
second. But the Tigers scored eight combined runs in the final four
innings and Alex Frederick pitched 5.0 solid innings in relief to
seal the victory.
Frederick (4-1) earned the win, as he allowed six hits, two runs, and
one walk with one strikeout. Jonathan Meyer, the second of three
Tiger hurlers, pitched 2.0 scoreless innings as well.
John Dischert (0-1), the second of three Maryland pitchers, suffered
the loss. He gave up five hits, five runs (two earned), and two
walks with two strikeouts in 2.0 innings pitched.
In the top of the first inning, Mike Freeman hit a one-out double
down the left-field line to extend his hitting streak to 15 games,
the longest by a Tiger in 2010. Jeff Schaus followed with a walk and
Kyle Parker loaded the bases with a single off the fence in right
field. Two batters later, Brad Miller grounded a 1-2 pitch up the
middle for a two-out single to score Freeman and Schaus. It also
extended Miller's hitting streak to 10 games.
Alfredo Rodriguez led off the bottom of the first inning with a
single to center on a 1-2 pitch and advanced to third on Jon Wilson's
single through the right side. Gary Schneider reached on an infield
single that enabled Rodriguez to score and Matt Marquis walked on
four pitches to load the bases with no outs. Brandon Padula hit a
potential double-play grounder, but Miller booted the ball and all
runners were safe, including Wilson scoring from third. David
Poutier grounded into a 4-6-3 double play as Schneider scored, then
Scott Weismann's throwing error on Matthew Murakami's bunt allowed
Marquis to score from third.
Clemson came right back and scored two runs in the top of the second
inning to tie the score. Richie Shaffer led off with a double to
right field and scored on Will Lamb's single up the middle as Lamb
moved to second on the throw to the plate. Lamb advanced to third on
Freeman's groundout and scored on Schaus' single up the middle.
In the bottom of the second inning, Mike Rozak led off with a double
down the left-field line on an 0-2 pitch and advanced to third on
Jack Cleary's sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, Wilson grounded a
two-out single up the middle to score Rozak, giving Maryland a 5-4 lead.
Marquis led off the third inning with a double down the left-field
line and stole third with one out. After Poutier walked, Murakami
lofted a sacrifice fly to center to score Marquis.
In the sixth inning, the Tigers rallied to take the lead thanks to
two Terrapin miscues. Freeman led off with a single to left-center
and advanced to second when Rodriguez dropped a pop-up in shallow
left field. Two batters, John Hinson singled through the right side
to score Freeman and Miller loaded the bases with a bunt
single. John Nester followed with a deep drive to left field, but
the wind kept the ball in the park. Wilson made the catch and Schaus
scored on the sacrifice fly. Another error enabled the Tigers to
take the lead when Murakami dropped a pop-up in the infield as Hinson
scored the go-ahead run.
Clemson added to its lead in the top of the seventh inning. Lamb led
off with a bunt single. After Schaus drew a one-out walk, Parker
doubled off the third-base bag to score Lamb. Hinson walked to load
the bases, then Miller hit a sacrifice fly to left-center to score
Schaus and give the Tigers a 9-6 lead.
The Terrapins clawed back in the bottom of the seventh
inning. Pinch-hitter Kevin Tehansky led off with a double over the
first-base bag and stole third with one out. Two batters later,
pinch-hitter Zach Fisher lofted a soft line drive to Schaus, but the
Tiger left-fielder dropped the ball and Tehansky scored on the
sacrifice fly. But Clemson avoided further damage when Frederick
picked Fisher off second base and got Rozak to fly out to end the frame.
Schaus led off the top of the ninth inning with a solo home run to
right field, his 10th long ball of the season. After Parker reached
on an infield single, Hinson followed with a two-run homer to right
field, his 10th home run of the year, to up Clemson's lead to 12-7.
The Terrapins refused to go down quietly in the bottom of the ninth
inning. Tehansky drew a two-out walk and Poutier reached on an
infield single. Tehansky scored on Fisher's single up the middle,
but Frederick got Rozak to ground out to end the game.
Miller tallied a career-high four hits along with a walk, while
Parker went 3-for-5 with a double, RBI, run, and walk. Schaus went
2-for-4 with a homer, two RBIs, four runs, and two walks, while
Hinson went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs, two runs, and a
walk. Lamb and Freeman added two hits apiece, meaning each of the
top six batters in the lineup had at least two hits apiece.
Rodriguez, Wilson, Schneider, and Poutier all had two hits apiece for
Maryland, who had 14 hits in the game.
The Tigers overcame 15 runners left on base, seven Terrapin leadoff
batters reaching base, and five errors in the game.
Clemson and Maryland will play the series-finale on Sunday at 1:00 PM.
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