USC Falls To Clemson At Sarge Frye Field

The Clemson Tigers pounded out 19 hits in a 13-5 victory over USC Wednesday night at Sarge Frye Field in Columbia. Clemson jumped out quickly to a 12-0 lead in the fourth inning and USC never threatened thereafter. USC travels to Kentucky this weekend for a pivotal SEC series ...

The final chapter of this season's intrastate baseball battle between South Carolina and Clemson should be quickly forgotten by USC fans.

Clemson scored early and often and pounded out 19 hits in a 13-5 victory over USC Wednesday night before 5,782 at Sarge Frye Field. The teams split four regular season meetings, with USC winning the first two and Clemson the final two.

The Tigers jumped out to a 12-0 lead by the middle of the fourth inning and were never seriously threatened thereafter.

USC fell to 25-8 overall, and heads to Lexington, Kentucky this weekend for an important SEC series against the Wildcats.

Clemson improved to 20-13 with its second straight nonconference victory after being swept at Virginia last weekend.

Jason Fletcher, making his first start for USC since March 16th, surrendered five runs and six hits in 1-1/3 innings. He suffered his first loss the season.

Cliff Donald and Harris Honeycutt were the lone bright spots for the Gamecocks, combining to hold the Tigers to seven hits and three runs over the final 6-1/3 innings.

After surrendering a leadoff single in the 1st, Fletcher struck out two of the next three hitters looking to end the inning.

Landon Powell, batting in the third spot for the first time this season, singled with two outs in the bottom of the 1st before a forceout ended the inning. >br>
Clemson opened the scoring with five runs in the 2nd. Andy D'Allessio doubled to right-center and Travis Storrer doubled to center to start off the inning. D'Allessio, though, only advanced to third on Storrer's hit as he held up too see if USC centerfielder Davy Gregg would track the ball down.

But it didn't matter as Russell Triplet homered to left-center to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead.

After a flyout, Fletcher gave a walk and single to put runners on the corners with one out. The barrage continued when Kris Harvey singled to left to score the fourth run of the inning.

Ray Tanner had seen enough of Fletcher at this point and pulled him in favor of Zac McCamie. He didn't fare much better initially as Brad McCann singled to left to make it 5-0.

It took a diving stab by USC first baseman Hank Parks to record the second out. Both runners advanced into scoring position on the play. McCamie finally got USC out of the inning with a strikeout.

USC failed to mount a response in the bottom of the 2nd, as the Gamecocks were set down in order.

The torrid hitting continued into the 3rd for Clemson with a leadoff single. A hit batsman put two runners on with no outs.

After an out, Garrick Evans smacked Clemson's second three-run homer of the night to give the Tigers an 8-0 lead.

A triple down the right field line, a double to left, and single to center added two more runs to the Clemson total before the second out was recorded. (br>
A walk with two outs finished McCamie before Donald took his turn in the shooting gallery. Clemson increased its lead to 12-0 with two more runs off Donald in the 4th.

Powell finally got the Gamecocks on the scoreboard with a long solo homer to right leading off the bottom of the 4th.

Neither team did much offensively in the 5th and 6th as Clemson maintained its 12-1 lead.

USC got the bats going in the bottom of the 7th, loading the bases with one out. Jackson was replaced by Josh Cribb, who shut down USC last week at Clemson.

This time, Davy Gregg nudged a two-run single into center to score a pair of runs. However, Powell bounced into a 4-3 double play to end the brief outburst.

Clemson got one of those runs back with a single tally in the top of the 8th. The inning ended when a Tiger runner was thrown out at the plate.

Freshman Dave Cash stroked a two-run single in the bottom of the 8th. USC got two runners on with no outs in the bottom of the 9th but the next three batters were retired to end the ballgame.

NOTES: Clemson now leads the all-time series, 157-108-2. Ray Tanner is 13-14 against Clemson in his eight seasons at USC. . .Davy Gregg extended his streak to 11 games with a single Wednesday. . .Landon Powell batted in the No. 3 position for the first time this season. He had a homer, his third in the last four games. . .Steven Tolleson may return to the lineup this weekend when USC travels to Kentucky. Kevin Melillo is still at least two weeks away from seeing action. Melillo had surgery to repair a broken bone in his right wrist. . .USC is 6th in the Baseball America poll and 13th in the Collegiate Baseball poll this week. CLE – 055 200 010 = 13-19-0 USC – 000 100 220 = 5-9-3 WP-Steven Jackson (1-1) LP-Jason Fletcher (4-1) Save-None HR-USC, Landon Powell (4th, none); Clemson, Russell Triplett (2nd, two on), Garrick Evans (3rd, two on); Time: 2:35 A-5,782

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