The #15 Clemson Tigers scored two runs in the sixth inning to take the lead and held on for a 3-2 win over Maryland in the first game of a doubleheader at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Monday afternoon. The Tigers, who evened the series 1-1, improved to 31-15 overall and 16-10 in the ACC. The Terrapins fell to 28-22 overall and 9-17 in ACC play.
With the win, Clemson clinched a winning season for the 49th year in a row. The Tigers, who clinched a spot in the ACC Tournament with the victory, also clinched a winning ACC regular-season record for the 19th time in Jack Leggett's 20 seasons as head coach at Clemson.
Freshman lefthander Zack Erwin (4-0) earned the win in his second career start and first career ACC start. In a career-high-tying 6.0 innings pitched, he allowed five hits, one run, and one walk. Scott Firth pitched a scoreless ninth inning with three strikeouts to record his fourth save of the year.
Jake Stinnett (5-5), the first of two Terrapin pitchers, suffered the loss despite a strong outing. In 7.2 innings pitched, he gave up five hits, three runs (two earned), and three walks with two strikeouts.
The Tigers took the game's first lead in the second inning when Jon McGibbon grounded a two-out single through the left side to score Shane Kennedy, who hit a one-out single to right-center and stole second earlier in the frame.
Charlie White led off the top of the sixth inning with an infield single and Jordan Hagel grounded a single through the left side. After Kyle Convissar's sacrifice bunt moved both runners up a base, Kevin Martir popped up a suicide squeeze bunt to the right side. But McGibbon overran the ball and the ball fell safely behind him on what would have been an inning-ending double play. White came home on the play to tie the score.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Thomas Brittle led off with walk. Two batters later, Steve Wilkerson bounced a double over first-baseman LaMonte Wade, Jr.'s glove to score Brittle. After Wilkerson advanced to third on an error on a failed pickoff attempt and Steven Duggar walked, Garrett Boulware lofted a sacrifice fly to right field to score Wilkerson and give Clemson a 3-1 lead.
White reached on an infield single with one out in the eighth inning, stole second, and moved to third on Hagel's single to left field. White then scored on a balk to cut Clemson's lead in half.
Wade led off the ninth inning with a single to left-center and K.J. Hockaday struck out. Anthony Papio lined a single to left-center to advance Wade to third, then Blake Schmit was hit-by-pitch to load the bases with one out. But Firth struck out pinch-hitter Greg Olenski and White to end the game. It was just the 14th strikeout in 196 at-bats for White in 2013.
Wilkerson and McGibbon had two hits and one RBI apiece to lead the Tigers at the plate.
Schmit went 3-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch to lead the Terrapins, who outhit the Tigers 10-5.
Matthew Crownover tossed 6.0 scoreless innings and five different Tigers tallied multiple hits to lead #15 Clemson to a 9-5 win over Maryland in the second game of a doubleheader at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Monday night. The Tigers, who won both games of the doubleheader to win the series 2-1, improved to 32-15 overall and 17-10 in the ACC. The Terrapins fell to 28-23 overall and 9-18 in ACC play.
The Tigers scored four runs in the first inning and built an 8-0 lead with a run in the sixth inning. Two costly Clemson errors played a big role in Maryland scoring five runs in the seventh inning. But the Tigers held on for the win to give Jack Leggett his 1,256th career victory as a head coach. He moved ahead of Jack Stallings into sole possession of 11th place for all-time wins by a head coach at the Division I level.
Crownover (6-1) earned the win by pitching 6.0 scoreless innings of four-hit ball. He also gave up just one walk with two strikeouts. Matt Campbell pitched 2.0 scoreless innings and allowed one hit and one walk with two strikeouts to record his seventh save of the season.
Maryland starter Alex Robinson (1-3) suffered the loss, as he yielded nine hits, seven runs, and three walks with one strikeout in 4.1 innings pitched.
Clemson wasted little time taking the game's first lead in the first inning. Steven Duggar grounded a two-out single up the middle and Garrett Boulware walked on four pitches. Shane Kennedy laced a single up the middle to score Duggar. After Tyler Krieger walked to load the bases, Jon McGibbon singled up the middle to score Boulware and Kennedy. Thomas Brittle followed with a single up the middle to plate Krieger, giving Clemson a 4-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, Boulware belted a one-out single through the left side and Kennedy lined a single to left field. Krieger followed with a single through the left side to score Boulware, then McGibbon walked to load the bases. Brittle walked after being down in the count 1-2 to score Kennedy, then Krieger scored on pinch-hitter Kevin Bradley's sacrifice fly to center.
Steve Wilkerson led off the sixth inning with a single to right-center and advanced to second on Duggar's groundout to second. Boulware followed with a single to center to score Wilkerson and give the Tigers an 8-0 lead.
Jack Cleary led off the seventh inning with a walk after being down in the count 0-2, then Anthony Papio hit a potential double-play grounder to second. But Wilkerson mishandled the ball and both runners were safe on the error. Blake Schmit loaded the bases with no outs on an infield single, then Jose Cuas singled through the right side to score Cleary. Charlie White followed with a single through the left side to score Papio and Schmit. Jordan Hagel hit a potential double-play grounder to Bradley at third, who stepped on the base for out #1. But his throw to first was errant and White scored on the error. Kyle Convissar then lofted a sacrifice fly to left to score Hagel, cutting Clemson's lead to 8-5.
The Tigers added an insurance run in the eighth inning. Duggar led off with a walk and advanced to second on Boulware's groundout. Two batters later, Krieger hit a two-out double down the left-field line to score Duggar.
Wilkerson, Duggar, Boulware, Kennedy, and Krieger all had two hits apiece to pace the Tigers' 12-hit attack.
White went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and a run to lead the Terrapins, who totaled eight hits in the contest.
Clemson will return to action with a home-and-home midweek series against Furman starting Tuesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium at 6:30 PM.
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