Boyd's Blasts Lead Tigers To Sweep Of Mercer


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CLEMSON - When power bats like Andy D'Alessio, Taylor Harbin and Marquez Smith left the Clemson lineup at the end of the 2007 season, many wondered who would help incumbent catcher Doug Hogan shoulder the load.

Of all the possibilities, few likely brought up the name of Wilson Boyd.

Yet it's Boyd doing his best D'Alessio impersonation through the season's first three games. After homering in his first at-bat of the year Saturday, the redshirt sophomore cranked two more on Sunday afternoon - in the same inning, no less - to lead the Tigers to a 10-3 win and a series sweep of visiting Mercer.

Boyd became the first Clemson player to homer twice in the same inning since Kyle Frank turned the trick in 2003.

And both his long balls were timely. The first, a solo shot with one out in the third inning, gave the Tigers (3-0) a 1-0 lead. His second, later in the inning, was a three-run shot that made it 9-0. Both blasts landed on deck in right field which houses the Cajun Cafe.

The six-run uprising was more than enough support for redshirt freshman righthander Graham Stoneburner (1-0).

Stoneburner pitched five scoreless innings in his collegiate debut, allowing just three hits. He struck out three and walked only one, a successful return to action after missing last season with a torn ACL.

Four other Clemson reliever followed, three of them - Craig Gullickson, Casey Harman and Alex Martin - pitching scoreless innings. Junior college transfer Trey Delk was touched up for three runs in the eighth. by the Bears (0-3).

Stan Widmann, J.D. Burgess and John Hinson all had two hits for the Tigers. Redshirt freshman catcher John Nester added a solo home run.

Nine of the runs and 10 of Clemson's hits came off Mercer starter and loser, John Hoelzer.

The Tigers return to action on Wednesday, hosting High Point. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.


   2008 Clemson Baseball
                             Mercer at #13 Clemson
               Feb 24, 2008 at Clemson, SC (Doug Kingsmore Stad.)

Mercer 3 (0-3)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Matthew Crawford cf......  3  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   1
 Richard Bentley cf......  1  0  0  0   0  1  3  0   1
Tyler McCarty 2b.........  2  0  1  0   0  0  1  4   0
 Michael Langley ph/2b...  2  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Joe Winker lf............  4  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Mike Armstrong 1b........  1  1  0  0   2  1  6  0   0
 John Moreland 1b........  1  0  0  0   0  1  2  0   0
Steven Karwatt 3b........  2  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   1
 Nick DiMauro 3b.........  2  0  1  0   0  0  1  1   0
Billy Shaughnessy ss.....  3  1  2  0   0  0  1  3   0
 John Daugherty ph.......  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Thomas Carroll dh........  4  0  0  0   0  2  0  0   0
Casey Stuart c...........  3  1  1  1   0  0  5  1   0
 Travis Peyatt ph........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   1
John Dortch rf...........  3  0  2  2   0  1  3  0   1
John Hoelzer p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Dan April p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Lath Guyer p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Josh Lowey p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Michael Shaw p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Justice French p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 33  3  7  3   2  8 24  9   5

Clemson 10 (3-0)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Stan Widmann ss..........  4  1  2  0   0  0  1  1   0
 Matt Sanders ss.........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Wilson Boyd lf...........  4  2  2  4   1  0  2  0   0
Doug Hogan c.............  3  1  1  0   0  0  4  1   0
 John Nester c...........  1  1  1  1   0  0  2  0   0
 Adam Ward c.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   0
Ben Paulsen 1b...........  3  1  0  0   2  0  6  1   1
Kyle Parker dh...........  4  1  1  1   1  0  0  0   5
Chris Epps rf/cf.........  3  1  1  1   2  1  2  0   0
John Hinson 3b...........  5  1  2  1   0  0  0  0   0
Alex Lee cf..............  3  0  0  0   0  2  4  0   1
 Jeff Schaus rf..........  2  0  0  0   0  1  2  0   1
J.D. Burgess 2b..........  4  1  2  1   0  0  1  2   2
Graham Stoneburner p.....  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0
 Craig Gullickson p......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Trey Delk p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Casey Harman p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Alex Martin p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 37 10 12  9   6  4 27  7  10

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Mercer.............. 000 000 300 -  3  7  3
Clemson............. 009 000 10X - 10 12  0
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E - McCARTY(1); DiMAURO(1); DORTCH(1). LOB - Mercer 5; Clemson 10. 2B -
HOGAN(3); PARKER(1). 3B - DORTCH(1). HR - BOYD 2(3); NESTER(1). HBP - HOGAN.
SB - LEE(1). CS - McCARTY(1).

Mercer                 IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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John Hoelzer........  2.2 10  9  9  2  2 18 21
Dan April...........  1.1  0  0  0  1  1  4  5
Lath Guyer..........  1.0  1  0  0  1  0  5  6
Josh Lowey..........  1.0  0  0  0  1  1  3  4
Michael Shaw........  1.0  1  1  1  0  0  4  4
Justice French......  1.0  0  0  0  1  0  3  4

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Graham Stoneburner..  5.0  3  0  0  1  3 17 18
Craig Gullickson....  1.0  0  0  0  0  1  3  3
Trey Delk...........  1.0  3  3  3  1  1  6  7
Casey Harman........  1.0  0  0  0  0  1  3  3
Alex Martin.........  1.0  1  0  0  0  2  4  4

Win - STONEBURNER (1-0).  Loss - HOELZER (0-1).  Save - None.
WP - STONEBURNER(1). HBP - by HOELZER (HOGAN).
Umpires - HP: David Savage  1B: Jesse Pereira  3B: Jay Furlong
Start: 1:03   Time: 2:36   Attendance: 4064
Game: CU2241


 Play-by-Play 
                             2008 Clemson Baseball
                      Mercer at #13 Clemson - Play-by-Play
               Feb 24, 2008 at Clemson, SC (Doug Kingsmore Stad.)


Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Mercer.............. 000 000 300 -  3  7  3
Clemson............. 009 000 10X - 10 12  0
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Mercer starters: 13/cf CRAWFORD; 11/2b McCARTY; 29/lf WINKER; 14/1b ARMSTRONG;
8/3b KARWATT; 9/ss SHAUGHNESSY; 5/dh CARROLL; 3/c STUART; 27/rf DORTCH; 26/p
HOELZER;
Clemson starters: 6/ss WIDMANN; 12/lf BOYD; 30/c HOGAN; 10/1b PAULSEN; 25/dh
PARKER; 26/rf EPPS; 4/3b J. HINSON; 19/cf LEE; 1/2b BURGESS; 15/p STONEBURNER;

Mercer 1st - CRAWFORD flied out to cf. McCARTY singled to right field.
WINKER popped up to ss. McCARTY out at second c to 2b, caught stealing. 0
runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Clemson 1st - WIDMANN singled to third base, bunt. BOYD grounded out to
2b; WIDMANN advanced to second. HOGAN flied out to lf. PAULSEN walked. PARKER
grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Mercer 2nd - ARMSTRONG struck out looking. KARWATT grounded out to ss.
SHAUGHNESSY flied out to lf to left center. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0
LOB.

Clemson 2nd - EPPS struck out looking. J. HINSON singled to second base.
LEE reached on a fielder's choice to shortstop; J. HINSON out at second ss to
2b. LEE stole second. BURGESS grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1
LOB.

Mercer 3rd - CARROLL lined out to cf to left center. STUART grounded out
to p. DORTCH singled up the middle. CRAWFORD flied out to cf. 0 runs, 1 hit,
0 errors, 1 LOB.

Clemson 3rd - WIDMANN grounded out to ss. BOYD homered to right field,
RBI. HOGAN doubled down the lf line. PAULSEN walked. PARKER doubled down the lf
line, RBI; PAULSEN advanced to third; HOGAN scored. EPPS singled to second
base, RBI; PARKER advanced to third; PAULSEN scored. J. HINSON singled through
the right side, RBI, advanced to third on the error; EPPS advanced to third,
scored on a throwing error by rf; PARKER scored. LEE struck out swinging, out
at first c to 1b. BURGESS singled through the left side, RBI; J. HINSON scored.
WIDMANN singled to right field; BURGESS advanced to second. BOYD homered to
right field, 3 RBI; WIDMANN scored; BURGESS scored. HOGAN hit by pitch. APRIL
to p for HOELZER. PAULSEN grounded out to 2b. 9 runs, 8 hits, 1 error, 1
LOB.

Mercer 4th - McCARTY out at first 1b to p. WINKER grounded out to 1b
unassisted. ARMSTRONG walked. KARWATT flied out to cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0
errors, 1 LOB.

Clemson 4th - DiMAURO to 3b for KARWATT. PARKER walked. EPPS flied out
to cf. J. HINSON flied out to rf. LEE struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0
errors, 1 LOB.

Mercer 5th - SHAUGHNESSY singled to left field. CARROLL struck out
swinging. STUART flied out to rf. SHAUGHNESSY advanced to second on a wild
pitch. DORTCH struck out looking. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Clemson 5th - GUYER to p for APRIL. BURGESS singled to left field.
WIDMANN reached on a fielder's choice to second base; BURGESS advanced to
second on a fielding error by 2b, advanced to third on the error. BOYD walked;
WIDMANN advanced to second. HOGAN fouled out to c. PAULSEN popped up to ss to
center field. PARKER flied out to rf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 3 LOB.

Mercer 6th - EPPS to cf. SCHAUS to rf for LEE. GULLICKSON to p for
STONEBURNER. CRAWFORD grounded out to 2b. LANGLEY pinch hit for McCARTY.
LANGLEY struck out looking. WINKER flied out to lf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0
errors, 0 LOB.

Clemson 6th - BENTLEY to cf for CRAWFORD. LANGLEY to 2b. LOWEY to p for
GUYER. EPPS walked. J. HINSON flied out to cf. SCHAUS struck out looking.
BURGESS fouled out to c. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Mercer 7th - SANDERS to ss for WIDMANN. NESTER to c for HOGAN. DELK to p
for GULLICKSON. ARMSTRONG walked. DiMAURO flied out to rf. SHAUGHNESSY singled
to shortstop; ARMSTRONG advanced to second. CARROLL flied out to cf. STUART
singled to right field, RBI; SHAUGHNESSY advanced to second; ARMSTRONG scored.
DORTCH tripled to right center, 2 RBI; STUART scored; SHAUGHNESSY scored.
BENTLEY struck out swinging. 3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Clemson 7th - MORELAND to 1b for ARMSTRONG. SHAW to p for LOWEY. SANDERS
flied out to cf to left center. BOYD grounded out to 3b. NESTER homered to left
center, RBI. PAULSEN grounded out to ss. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Mercer 8th - HARMAN to p for DELK. LANGLEY flied out to rf. WINKER
grounded out to ss. MORELAND struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors,
0 LOB.

Clemson 8th - FRENCH to p for SHAW. PARKER flied out to rf. EPPS walked.
Dropped foul ball, E5. J. HINSON lined out to cf to right center. SCHAUS fouled
out to 3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Mercer 9th - WARD to c for NESTER. MARTIN to p for HARMAN. DiMAURO
singled to center field. DAUGHERTY pinch hit for SHAUGHNESSY. DAUGHERTY
grounded out to 2b; DiMAURO advanced to second. CARROLL struck out swinging.
PEYATT pinch hit for STUART. PEYATT struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0
errors, 1 LOB.

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