Clemson, SC- Josh Cribb pitched 7.0 scoreless innings and allowed only one hit to lead #2 Clemson to a 7-2 win over #25 Kansas in front of 4,525 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium Friday. The Tigers improved to 9-3, and the Jayhawks fell to 14-5 as their eight-game winning streak came to an end.
Taylor Harbin and Stan Widmann each went 3-for-4 at the plate for Clemson, and each had an RBI. Herman Demmink added two hits for the Tigers as well. Kyle Murphy had a double and two RBIs for Kansas.
Cribb struck out four in his 7.0 innings pitched to improve to 4-0 on the season. The senior right-hander set down 14 straight Jayhawks at one point. Sean Land allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits in 4.2 innings pitched to take the loss for Kansas, falling to 4-2.
Demmink reached on an error to begin the first, and stole second one pitch later. After Ritchie Price made a leaping catch on a Brad Chalk line drive at shortstop, Harbin singled to center just in front of a diving Murphy to score Demmink, and Harbin advanced to second on the throw home. With two outs, Travis Storrer singled up the middle to score Harbin.
With two outs in the second, Demmink lined a single into left-center that scored Marquez Smith who walked to lead off the inning.
Harbin doubled to lead off the third, and moved to third on a sharp single to right by Tyler Colvin. Storrer struck out, and Smith reached on a fielder's choice to shortstop that scored Harbin. Colvin was thrown out at third on the play.
Andy D'Alessio singled to begin the sixth, and went to third on a perfectly executed hit-and-run by Widmann on a single through the right side. Widmann stole second, and Adrian Casanova then had an RBI groundout to score D'Alessio. Demmink followed with a single up the middle on an 0-2 pitch that scored Widmann.
In the eighth, Brock Simpson singled with one out and moved to second when Buck Afenir walked. A groundout advanced runners to second and third, and Murphy hit a two-run double down the left field line for the first Jayhawk runs of the day.
Ben Hall led off the eighth with a pinch-hit single to right-center. A wild pitch advanced him to second, and he moved to third on pinch-hitter John Ingram's groundout. Widmann collected his third hit of the day with a single to center that scored Hall.
The Tigers and Jayhawks will play game two of their three-game series Saturday at 2:00 PM at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.