Clemson Falls To Gamecocks Again, 6-0


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CLEMSON - Senior righthander Nick Godwin pitched 7.2 scoreless innings to lead #10 South Carolina to a 6-0 victory over Clemson on Wednesday night in front of 5,938 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Gamecocks, who won all four matchups in 2008, improved to 27-10. The Tigers, who suffered their first shutout of the season, fell to 18-19.

Godwin improved to 4-2 on the season, as he threw 7.2 scoreless innings, allowing three singles and three walks with seven strikeouts. Justin Sarratt (1-2) suffered the loss in his first career start, as he allowed nine hits and five runs in 3.1 innings pitched. Trey Delk pitched 5.2 solid innings out of the bullpen. The former Gamecock pitcher allowed just four hits, no earned runs, and one walk with three strikeouts.

The Gamecocks got on the scoreboard first with a run in the third inning when James Darnell hit a sacrifice fly to center that scored Whit Merrifield, who led off the inning with a single.

South Carolina took a 6-0 lead in the fourth with five runs on five extra-base hits. Justin Hopper and Scott Wingo hit one-out, back-to-back solo homers. It was Hopper's first career home run and Wingo's second long ball of the season. Reese Havens then doubled down the right-field line before Merrifield drove him in with a double to left-center. With two outs, Darnell drove in another run with a double to left. Left-fielder Jeff Schaus then dropped a flyball hit by Phil Disher that allowed Darnell to score.

The Gamecocks, who totaled 13 hits, were led by Darnell, who had two doubles and two RBIs. Havens and Merrifield added three hits apiece. Three Tigers tallied one hit apiece.

Wilson Boyd received the 2008 Bob Bradley Award for the second year in a row. The award is given to the Clemson MVP of the four-game series with South Carolina. Boyd was 6-for-16 (.375) in four games.

Godwin won the Tom Price Award for the Gamecocks, as he earned both midweek victories.

Clemson will travel to Durham, NC to play at Duke in a three-game series starting Friday at 7:00 PM.

2008 Clemson Baseball
                         #10 South Carolina at Clemson
               Apr 16, 2008 at Clemson, SC (Doug Kingsmore Stad.)

South Carolina 6 (27-10)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Reese Havens ss..........  5  1  3  0   0  1  1  0   2
Whit Merrifield cf.......  4  2  3  1   0  0  1  0   0
Justin Smoak 1b..........  5  0  1  0   0  1  9  0   3
James Darnell 3b.........  4  1  2  2   0  0  0  1   0
Phil Disher dh...........  5  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   2
Harley Lail rf...........  5  0  1  0   0  0  2  0   2
Kyle Enders c............  5  0  0  0   0  1  8  1   1
Justin Hopper lf.........  3  1  2  1   1  1  2  0   0
Scott Wingo 2b...........  4  1  1  1   0  1  4  7   0
Nick Godwin p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Craig Thomas p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 40  6 13  5   1  6 27 10  10

Clemson 0 (18-19)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Chris Epps rf............  3  0  0  0   1  1  5  0   0
Mike Freeman 2b..........  4  0  1  0   0  1  1  1   0
Ben Paulsen 1b...........  4  0  1  0   0  2  5  0   1
Kyle Parker dh...........  4  0  0  0   0  2  0  0   2
Wilson Boyd cf...........  4  0  1  0   0  1  6  0   0
Doug Hogan c.............  3  0  0  0   1  0  5  2   0
Jeff Schaus lf...........  2  0  0  0   1  0  3  0   1
John Hinson 3b...........  3  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   2
Matt Sanders ss..........  3  0  0  0   0  2  2  2   0
Justin Sarratt p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Trey Delk p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 30  0  3  0   3 10 27  5   6

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
-------------------------------------------
South Carolina...... 001 500 000 -  6 13  0
Clemson............. 000 000 000 -  0  3  2
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E - SCHAUS(2); SARRATT(1). DP - S. Carolina 1. LOB - S. Carolina 10; Clemson
6. 2B - HAVENS(7); MERRIFIELD(2); DARNELL 2(9). HR - HOPPER(1); WINGO(2). SH
- MERRIFIELD(15). SF - DARNELL(4).

South Carolina         IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Nick Godwin.........  7.2  3  0  0  3  7 26 29
Craig Thomas........  1.1  0  0  0  0  3  4  4

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Justin Sarratt......  3.1  9  5  5  0  3 18 20
Trey Delk...........  5.2  4  1  0  1  3 22 23

Win - GODWIN (4-2).  Loss - SARRATT (1-2).  Save - None.
WP - GODWIN 2(3). BK - SARRATT(1).
Umpires - HP: Tony Walsh  1B: Darrell Arnold  3B: Jack Cox
Start: 7:16   Time: 2:26   Attendance: 5938
Game: CU4161


 Play-by-Play 
                             2008 Clemson Baseball
                  #10 South Carolina at Clemson - Play-by-Play
               Apr 16, 2008 at Clemson, SC (Doug Kingsmore Stad.)


Score by Innings                    R  H  E
-------------------------------------------
South Carolina...... 001 500 000 -  6 13  0
Clemson............. 000 000 000 -  0  3  2
-------------------------------------------

South Carolina starters: 6/ss HAVENS; 5/cf MERRIFIELD; 12/1b SMOAK; 4/3b
DARNELL; 50/dh DISHER; 15/rf LAIL; 18/c ENDERS; 3/lf HOPPER; 8/2b WINGO; 29/p
GODWIN;
Clemson starters: 26/rf EPPS; 5/2b FREEMAN; 10/1b PAULSEN; 25/dh PARKER; 12/cf
BOYD; 30/c HOGAN; 3/lf SCHAUS; 4/3b J. HINSON; 21/ss SANDERS; 23/p SARRATT;

South Carolina 1st - HAVENS singled up the middle. MERRIFIELD reached on
a fielding error by p, SAC, bunt; HAVENS advanced to second. SMOAK struck out
looking. DARNELL fouled out to rf down the rf line. DISHER struck out swinging.
0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Clemson 1st - EPPS struck out looking. FREEMAN struck out swinging, out
at first c to 1b. PAULSEN grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0
LOB.

South Carolina 2nd - LAIL singled up the middle. ENDERS flied out to cf
to right center. HOPPER singled to right center; LAIL advanced to second. WINGO
struck out looking. HOPPER advanced to second on a balk; LAIL advanced to third
on a balk. HAVENS flied out to cf to left center. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors,
2 LOB.

Clemson 2nd - PARKER grounded out to 2b. BOYD grounded out to 1b
unassisted. HOGAN walked. SCHAUS popped up to 2b to right center. 0 runs, 0
hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

South Carolina 3rd - MERRIFIELD singled through the left side. SMOAK
singled to left center; MERRIFIELD advanced to third. DARNELL flied out to cf,
SF, RBI; MERRIFIELD scored. DISHER lined out to rf. LAIL flied out to rf to
right center. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Clemson 3rd - J. HINSON grounded out to 2b. SANDERS struck out swinging.
EPPS grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

South Carolina 4th - ENDERS grounded out to 2b. HOPPER homered to left
field, RBI. WINGO homered to right field, RBI. HAVENS doubled down the rf line.
MERRIFIELD doubled to left center, RBI; HAVENS scored. DELK to p for SARRATT.
SMOAK flied out to lf to left center. DARNELL doubled down the lf line, RBI;
MERRIFIELD scored. DISHER reached on a dropped fly by lf; DARNELL scored on the
error, unearned. LAIL grounded out to ss. 5 runs, 5 hits, 1 error, 1
LOB.

Clemson 4th - FREEMAN out at first p to 2b to 1b. PAULSEN singled
through the right side. PARKER grounded into double play 3b to 2b to 1b;
PAULSEN out on the play. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

South Carolina 5th - ENDERS struck out swinging. HOPPER struck out
looking. WINGO flied out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Clemson 5th - BOYD flied out to lf down the lf line. HOGAN fouled out to
rf down the rf line. SCHAUS walked. J. HINSON grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 0
hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

South Carolina 6th - HAVENS struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b.
MERRIFIELD grounded out to ss. SMOAK flied out to rf down the rf line. 0
runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Clemson 6th - SANDERS struck out swinging, reached first on a wild
pitch. EPPS popped up to ss down the lf line. FREEMAN singled to left field;
SANDERS advanced to second. PAULSEN struck out looking. PARKER struck out
swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

South Carolina 7th - DARNELL flied out to cf. DISHER flied out to lf.
LAIL lined out to cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Clemson 7th - BOYD singled through the right side. HOGAN popped up to
2b. SCHAUS flied out to cf. BOYD advanced to second on a wild pitch. J. HINSON
struck out looking. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

South Carolina 8th - ENDERS flied out to lf to left center. HOPPER
walked. WINGO reached on a fielder's choice to catcher, bunt; HOPPER out at
second c to ss. HAVENS singled to right field; WINGO advanced to second.
MERRIFIELD singled to shortstop; HAVENS advanced to second; WINGO advanced to
third. SMOAK lined out to 2b. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

Clemson 8th - SANDERS popped up to 2b. EPPS walked. FREEMAN lined out to
lf to left center. THOMAS to p for GODWIN. PAULSEN struck out swinging. 0
runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

South Carolina 9th - DARNELL doubled down the lf line. DISHER flied out
to cf; DARNELL advanced to third. LAIL lined out to ss. ENDERS popped up to 1b.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Clemson 9th - PARKER struck out swinging. BOYD struck out swinging.
HOGAN flied out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

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