Late Double By Burgess Lifts Tigers


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CHARLESTON - Behind three home runs and J.D. Burgess? double that scored two runs in the eighth inning, #13 Clemson rallied for a 7-6 victory over College of Charleston in front of 2,083 fans at Patriots Point Stadium on Friday. The Tigers improved to 5-0, while the Cougars fell to 4-1. Clemson also upped its all-time record to 19-0 against College of Charleston.

Reliever Alex Martin (1-0) earned the win by retiring the only batter he faced in the seventh inning. Matt Vaughn, a native of nearby Summerville, SC, pitched 2.0 scoreless innings with three strikeouts to earn his second save of the year. Tiger starter Graham Stoneburner surrendered three runs on four hits in the first inning, but he settled down and pitched near perfect baseball the next four innings to keep the Tigers within reach.

Cougar reliever Jesse Simpson (2-1) allowed the two eighth-inning runs and suffered the loss. Starter Danny Meszaros struck out nine and did not walk a batter in 5.1 innings pitched as well.

The Cougars took a 3-0 lead in the first inning thanks to two triples and a home run. Stuart Haywood led off with a triple to left field. Two batters later, Brandon Sizemore belted a two-run homer to left field, his third of the season. Michael Harrington followed with a triple over the first-base bag and scored on Jeremie Tice?s groundout to shortstop.

The Tigers tied the score in the third inning after the first two batters were retired. Stan Widmann laid down a bunt single and Wilson Boyd followed with an opposite-field, two-run homer to left field, his fifth of the season. Doug Hogan made it back-to-back long balls with a towering homer to left-center. It was his second home run of the season and extended his hitting streak to 20 games. Only 16 times previously has a Tiger had a hitting streak of 20 games or more.

Ben Paulsen put the Tigers on top in the sixth inning when he led off with an opposite-field homer to left field, his second of the year. Two batters later, Kyle Parker doubled down the left-field line. After Jeff Schaus popped up for out #2, pinch-hitter John Nester and J.D. Burgess drew walks to load the bases. Then on an 0-2 pitch to Widmann, Parker scored on Evan Goldberg?s wild pitch.

Michael Kohn cut Clemson?s lead in half in the seventh inning when he led off with a towering home run to left field, his fourth of the season. Two batters later, Austin Morgan reached on a throwing error by Widmann and went to second base on the errant throw. Two batters later, Mike Hentz lined the first pitch from reliever Clinton McKinney down the third-base line for a double to plate Morgan and tie the score. Sizemore followed with a two-out grounder to Widmann, but his throw pulled Paulsen off the first-base bag. Hentz never stopped and scored on the play to give the Cougars the lead.

The Tigers took the lead right back in the eighth inning. Parker led off with a single through the right side and went to second on Schaus? groundout. With D.J. Mitchell at the plate, Parker took off for third after an outside pitch and just beat the throw from the catcher. Mitchell later walked and Burgess followed with a double to right-center. Parker scored on the play and Head Coach Jack Leggett held Mitchell at third, as Burgess took a wide turn around second base, where he was caught too far off. But the throw from shallow center to the second-base bag was errant, allowing Mitchell to score the go-ahead run and Burgess to avoid being retired.

Tice led off the eighth inning with a single through the left side, but Vaughn promptly induced a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Jedd Cordisco. Vaughn then retired the Cougars in order in the ninth inning to close out the one-run victory.

Three Tigers had three hits apiece, including Hogan, Paulsen, and Parker, as the Tigers totaled 13 hits and seven extra-base hits in the contest. Sizemore led the Cougars? 10-hit attack with two hits and two RBIs.

Clemson will travel directly to Columbia to play #3 South Carolina at Sarge Frye Field on Saturday at 1:30 PM. Junior lefthander Ryan Hinson (1-0, 3.60 ERA) will start on the mound for the Tigers.


2008 Clemson Baseball
                       #13 Clemson at Coll. of Charleston
           Feb 29, 2008 at Mount Pleasant, SC (Patriots Point Stad.)

Clemson 7 (5-0)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Stan Widmann ss..........  5  1  1  0   0  0  0  3   2
Wilson Boyd lf...........  5  1  1  2   0  1  2  0   1
Doug Hogan c.............  5  1  3  1   0  1  9  1   0
Ben Paulsen 1b...........  5  1  3  1   0  0 11  0   0
Chris Epps rf............  5  0  0  0   0  2  2  0   1
Kyle Parker 3b...........  5  2  3  0   0  2  0  0   1
Jeff Schaus dh...........  4  0  1  0   0  1  0  0   1
Alex Lee cf..............  2  0  0  0   0  2  0  0   0
 John Nester ph..........  0  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
 D.J. Mitchell pr/cf.....  0  1  0  0   1  0  1  0   0
J.D. Burgess 2b..........  3  0  1  1   1  2  2  2   2
Graham Stoneburner p.....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Casey Harman p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Clinton McKinney p......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Alex Martin p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Matt Vaughn p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 39  7 13  5   3 11 27  9   8

Coll. of Charleston 6 (4-1)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Stuart Haywood cf........  5  1  1  0   0  2  4  0   1
Mike Hentz ss............  5  1  1  1   0  2  1  1   0
Brandon Sizemore 2b......  4  1  2  2   0  0  1  2   0
Michael Harrington 1b....  4  1  1  0   0  1  5  0   1
Jeremie Tice 3b..........  4  0  2  1   0  0  1  0   1
Gabe Marchant rf.........  2  0  1  0   0  0  1  0   0
 Jedd Cordisco ph/lf.....  2  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   1
Michael Kohn dh..........  3  1  2  1   1  0  0  0   0
Matt Mansilla lf/rf......  3  0  0  0   0  1  1  1   0
 Joey Bergman ph.........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   1
 Cole Rakar lf...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Austin Morgan c..........  3  1  0  0   0  1 11  0   0
 Matt Leeds ph...........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Danny Meszaros p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Pete VandenBout p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Evan Goldberg p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Jesse Simpson p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Curtis Dowling p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 37  6 10  5   1  8 27  4   5

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
-------------------------------------------
Clemson............. 003 002 020 -  7 13  2
Coll. of Charleston. 300 000 300 -  6 10  1
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E - WIDMANN 2(2); HENTZ(2). DP - Clemson 1. LOB - Clemson 8; Charleston 5.
2B - PAULSEN(1); PARKER(2); SCHAUS(1); BURGESS(2); HENTZ(1). 3B -
HAYWOOD(1); HARRINGTON(1). HR - BOYD(5); HOGAN(2); PAULSEN(2); SIZEMORE(3);
KOHN(4). SB - PARKER(1). CS - MARCHANT(1).

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Graham Stoneburner..  5.0  5  3  3  1  4 19 20
Casey Harman........  1.2  2  2  1  0  1  8  8
Clinton McKinney....  0.0  1  1  0  0  0  2  2
Alex Martin.........  0.1  0  0  0  0  0  1  1
Matt Vaughn.........  2.0  2  0  0  0  3  7  7

Coll. of Charleston    IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Danny Meszaros......  5.1  9  5  5  0  9 24 24
Pete VandenBout.....  0.1  0  0  0  1  0  1  2
Evan Goldberg.......  1.1  1  0  0  1  0  5  6
Jesse Simpson.......  0.1  2  2  1  1  0  3  4
Curtis Dowling......  1.2  1  0  0  0  2  6  6

Win - MARTIN (1-0).  Loss - SIMPSON (2-1).  Save - VAUGHN (2).
WP - MESZAROS(1); VandenBOUT(1); E. GOLDBERG(2).
Umpires - HP: Joe Marion  1B: Richie Tallent  3B: Ben Sass
Start: 5:02   Time: 2:55   Attendance: 2083
McKINNEY faced 2 batters in the 7th.
Game: CU2291


 Play-by-Play 
                             2008 Clemson Baseball
               #13 Clemson at Coll. of Charleston - Play-by-Play
           Feb 29, 2008 at Mount Pleasant, SC (Patriots Point Stad.)


Score by Innings                    R  H  E
-------------------------------------------
Clemson............. 003 002 020 -  7 13  2
Coll. of Charleston. 300 000 300 -  6 10  1
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Clemson starters: 6/ss WIDMANN; 12/lf BOYD; 30/c HOGAN; 10/1b PAULSEN; 26/rf
EPPS; 25/3b PARKER; 3/dh SCHAUS; 19/cf LEE; 1/2b BURGESS; 15/p STONEBURNER;
Coll. of Charleston starters: 3/cf HAYWOOD; 4/ss HENTZ; 29/2b SIZEMORE; 24/1b
HARRINGTON; 18/3b TICE; 7/rf MARCHANT; 35/dh KOHN; 15/lf MANSILLA; 11/c MORGAN;
21/p MESZAROS;

Clemson 1st - WIDMANN flied out to cf to right center. BOYD struck out
looking. HOGAN struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Coll. of Charleston 1st - HAYWOOD tripled to left field. HENTZ struck
out looking. SIZEMORE homered to left field, 2 RBI; HAYWOOD scored. HARRINGTON
tripled down the rf line. TICE grounded out to ss, RBI; HARRINGTON scored.
MARCHANT singled up the middle. MARCHANT out at second c to 2b, caught
stealing. 3 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Clemson 2nd - PAULSEN singled through the right side. PAULSEN advanced
to second on a wild pitch. EPPS popped up to ss to left field. PARKER struck
out looking. SCHAUS struck out looking. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Coll. of Charleston 2nd - KOHN walked. MANSILLA fouled out to c. MORGAN
fouled out to 1b. HAYWOOD struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1
LOB.

Clemson 3rd - LEE struck out swinging. BURGESS struck out swinging.
WIDMANN singled to third base, bunt. BOYD homered to left field, 2 RBI; WIDMANN
scored. HOGAN homered to left center, RBI. PAULSEN lined out to cf. 3 runs,
3 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Coll. of Charleston 3rd - HENTZ popped up to 1b. SIZEMORE singled to
left field. HARRINGTON flied out to rf. TICE flied out to rf. 0 runs, 1 hit,
0 errors, 1 LOB.

Clemson 4th - EPPS flied out to cf to left center. PARKER singled to
right field. SCHAUS doubled down the lf line; PARKER advanced to third. LEE
struck out swinging. BURGESS struck out looking. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2
LOB.

Coll. of Charleston 4th - MARCHANT grounded out to p. KOHN flied out to
lf to left center. MANSILLA struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0
LOB.

Clemson 5th - WIDMANN lined out to rf. BOYD grounded out to ss. HOGAN
singled down the lf line, out at second lf to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0
LOB.

Coll. of Charleston 5th - MORGAN struck out looking. HAYWOOD grounded
out to 1b unassisted. HENTZ grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0
LOB.

Clemson 6th - PAULSEN homered to left field, RBI. EPPS struck out
looking. PARKER doubled down the lf line. VandenBOUT to p for MESZAROS. SCHAUS
popped up to 3b. NESTER pinch hit for LEE. PARKER advanced to third on a wild
pitch. NESTER walked. E. GOLDBERG to p for VandenBOUT. MITCHELL pinch ran for
NESTER. BURGESS walked; MITCHELL advanced to second. BURGESS advanced to second
on a wild pitch; MITCHELL advanced to third on a wild pitch; PARKER scored on a
wild pitch. WIDMANN flied out to cf. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Coll. of Charleston 6th - MITCHELL to cf. HARMAN to p for STONEBURNER.
SIZEMORE flied out to lf to left center. HARRINGTON struck out swinging. TICE
singled to pitcher. CORDISCO pinch hit for MARCHANT. CORDISCO grounded out to
p. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Clemson 7th - CORDISCO to lf. MANSILLA to rf. BOYD flied out to lf.
HOGAN singled through the left side. PAULSEN grounded out to 1b unassisted;
HOGAN advanced to second. EPPS grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors,
1 LOB.

Coll. of Charleston 7th - KOHN homered to left field, RBI. MANSILLA
flied out to cf to right center. MORGAN reached on a throwing error by ss,
advanced to second on the error. HAYWOOD grounded out to 2b; MORGAN advanced to
third. McKINNEY to p for HARMAN. HENTZ doubled down the lf line, RBI; MORGAN
scored, unearned. SIZEMORE reached on a throwing error by ss; HENTZ scored on
the error, unearned. MARTIN to p for McKINNEY. HARRINGTON grounded out to p.
3 runs, 2 hits, 2 errors, 1 LOB.

Clemson 8th - SIMPSON to p for E. GOLDBERG. PARKER singled through the
right side. SCHAUS grounded out to 1b unassisted; PARKER advanced to second.
PARKER stole third. MITCHELL walked. BURGESS doubled to right center, RBI;
MITCHELL advanced to third, scored on a throwing error by ss, unearned; PARKER
scored. DOWLING to p for SIMPSON. WIDMANN flied out to rf down the rf line;
BURGESS advanced to third. BOYD grounded out to 2b. 2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error,
1 LOB.

Coll. of Charleston 8th - VAUGHN to p for MARTIN. TICE singled through
the left side. CORDISCO grounded into double play ss to 2b to 1b; TICE out on
the play. KOHN singled to right field. BERGMAN pinch hit for MANSILLA. BERGMAN
struck out looking. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Clemson 9th - CORDISCO to rf. RAKAR to lf for BERGMAN. HOGAN flied out
to rf. PAULSEN doubled to right center. EPPS struck out swinging. PARKER struck
out looking. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Coll. of Charleston 9th - LEEDS pinch hit for MORGAN. LEEDS grounded out
to 1b unassisted. HAYWOOD struck out swinging. HENTZ struck out swinging. 0
runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

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