Havens' Slam, Clemson Errors A Bad Combination


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COLUMBIA - Reese Havens hit a grand slam and two Tigers errors led to six unearned runs, as #3 South Carolina defeated #13 Clemson 10-1 on Saturday afternoon in front of 5,921 fans at Sarge Frye Field. The Gamecocks improved to 4-1, while the Tigers fell to 5-1. It was the first of four regular-season meetings between the two rivals.

Mike Cisco (2-0) pitched 7.1 strong innings, allowing one run on eight hits to earn the victory. He also walked one and struck out four. Clemson starter Ryan Hinson (1-1) pitched 6.0 solid innings, but he was hurt by two errors behind him. He allowed six hits, seven runs (one earned), and no walks with five strikeouts.

The Gamecocks dented the scoreboard in the first inning with one run. Whit Merrifield laced a one-out triple to right-center and scored on James Darnell?s groundout to shortstop.

South Carolina stretched its lead to 5-0 in the second inning thanks to a costly Tiger error. With one out, Harley Lail reached on a throwing error by third-baseman Kyle Parker. Kyle Enders followed with a single to left field and Justin Hopper struck out for out #2. After Scott Wingo loaded the bases with a hit-by-pitch, Havens blasted a grand slam to right field, his fourth long ball of the season. It was also the junior?s first career RBIs against the Tigers in his ninth game versus Clemson.

In the top of the fourth inning, singles by Doug Hogan, Ben Paulsen, and Parker loaded the bases with two outs. Hogan?s single extended his hitting streak to 21 games. Jeff Schaus then lofted a ball into left-center that would have scored at least two runs, but Hopper made a diving catch to end the inning.

Another Tiger miscue led to two more Gamecock runs in the sixth inning. Leadoff batter Justin Smoak hit a high flyball to right field that fell when Chris Epps overran the ball. Two batters later, Lail singled through left side, advancing Smoak to third base. Kyle Enders followed with a sacrifice fly to left-center to score Smoak. Hopper then bounced a single past Parker to score Lail.

Clemson finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh inning. Alex Lee drew a two-out walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. J.D. Burgess then ripped a double to left-center to plate Lee.

The Gamecocks responded with two runs on three hits in the bottom of the seventh inning. Havens led off with a single through the right side. Two batters later, Darnell walked and Smoak followed with a sharp single up the middle to score Havens. Phil Disher then reached on a fielder?s choice that scored Darnell.

In the eighth inning, Hopper led off with a double to center. The next two Gamecocks hit flyballs to the outfield, with the latter by Havens scoring Hopper on a sacrifice fly.

Havens went 2-for-4 with a grand slam and career-high-tying five RBIs for the Gamecocks, who totaled 10 hits and only left four runners on base. Lee was the lone Tiger with multiple hits, as he was 2-for-2 with a walk and run scored. Clemson stranded nine runners on base as well.

Clemson and South Carolina will play the second of four regular-season games on Sunday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium at 2:00 PM.


2008 Clemson Baseball
                        #13 Clemson at #3 South Carolina
                Mar 01, 2008 at Columbia, SC (Sarge Frye Field)

Clemson 1 (5-1)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Stan Widmann ss..........  5  0  1  0   0  0  0  3   2
Wilson Boyd lf...........  4  0  1  0   0  1  3  0   2
Doug Hogan c.............  4  0  1  0   0  0  5  0   0
Ben Paulsen 1b...........  3  0  1  0   0  0  6  0   0
Chris Epps rf............  4  0  0  0   0  2  3  0   1
Kyle Parker 3b...........  4  0  1  0   0  1  2  1   1
Jeff Schaus dh...........  3  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   3
 John Nester ph..........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Alex Lee cf..............  2  1  2  0   1  0  2  0   0
 Matt Sanders ph.........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
J.D. Burgess 2b..........  3  0  1  1   1  0  3  1   0
Ryan Hinson p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Alex Martin p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Justin Sarratt p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 34  1  8  1   2  5 24  5   9

South Carolina 10 (4-1)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Reese Havens ss..........  4  2  2  5   0  1  0  5   0
Whit Merrifield cf.......  4  1  2  0   0  1  2  0   0
James Darnell 3b.........  3  1  0  1   1  0  0  0   1
Justin Smoak 1b..........  4  1  1  1   0  0 11  0   0
Phil Disher dh...........  4  0  0  1   0  1  0  0   0
Harley Lail rf...........  4  2  2  0   0  0  2  0   0
Kyle Enders c............  3  1  1  1   0  0  6  0   2
Justin Hopper lf.........  4  1  2  1   0  2  1  0   0
Scott Wingo 2b...........  3  1  0  0   0  0  5  5   1
Mike Cisco p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Will Atwood p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Totals................... 33 10 10 10   1  5 27 11   4

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
-------------------------------------------
Clemson............. 000 000 100 -  1  8  2
South Carolina...... 140 002 21X - 10 10  0
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E - EPPS(1); PARKER(2). DP - S. Carolina 1. LOB - Clemson 9; S. Carolina 4.
2B - BOYD(1); BURGESS(3); HOPPER(2). 3B - MERRIFIELD(1). HR - HAVENS(4). HBP
- PAULSEN; WINGO. SH - MERRIFIELD(3). SF - HAVENS(1); ENDERS(1). SB -
LAIL(1).

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Ryan Hinson.........  6.0  6  7  1  0  5 25 27
Alex Martin.........  0.1  2  2  2  1  0  2  4
Justin Sarratt......  1.2  2  1  1  0  0  6  7

South Carolina         IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Mike Cisco..........  7.1  8  1  1  1  4 29 30
Will Atwood.........  1.2  0  0  0  1  1  5  7

Win - CISCO (2-0).  Loss - R. HINSON (1-1).  Save - None.
WP - SARRATT(1); CISCO(1). HBP - by R. HINSON (WINGO); by ATWOOD (PAULSEN).
Umpires - HP: Jeff Head  1B: A.J. Lostaglio  3B: Randy Harvey
Start: 1:34   Time: 2:16   Attendance: 5921
Game: CU3011


 Play-by-Play 
                             2008 Clemson Baseball
                #13 Clemson at #3 South Carolina - Play-by-Play
                Mar 01, 2008 at Columbia, SC (Sarge Frye Field)


Score by Innings                    R  H  E
-------------------------------------------
Clemson............. 000 000 100 -  1  8  2
South Carolina...... 140 002 21X - 10 10  0
-------------------------------------------

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; 45/p R. HINSON;
South Carolina starters: 6/ss HAVENS; 5/cf MERRIFIELD; 4/3b DARNELL; 12/1b
SMOAK; 50/dh DISHER; 15/rf LAIL; 18/c ENDERS; 3/lf HOPPER; 8/2b WINGO; 36/p
CISCO;

Clemson 1st - WIDMANN grounded out to 2b. BOYD grounded out to 1b
unassisted. HOGAN flied out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

South Carolina 1st - HAVENS grounded out to 1b unassisted. MERRIFIELD
tripled to right center. DARNELL grounded out to ss, RBI; MERRIFIELD scored.
SMOAK flied out to cf to left center. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Clemson 2nd - PAULSEN flied out to cf to right center. EPPS grounded out
to 1b unassisted. PARKER struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0
LOB.

South Carolina 2nd - DISHER popped up to 1b to right field. LAIL reached
on a throwing error by 3b. ENDERS singled to left field; LAIL advanced to
second. HOPPER struck out swinging. WINGO hit by pitch; ENDERS advanced to
second; LAIL advanced to third. HAVENS homered to right field, 4 RBI, unearned;
WINGO scored, unearned; ENDERS scored, unearned; LAIL scored, unearned.
MERRIFIELD struck out swinging. 4 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 0 LOB.

Clemson 3rd - SCHAUS grounded out to 2b. LEE singled through the right
side. BURGESS flied out to rf. WIDMANN reached on a fielder's choice to
shortstop; LEE out at second ss to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

South Carolina 3rd - DARNELL flied out to lf to left center. SMOAK
grounded out to ss. DISHER struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0
LOB.

Clemson 4th - BOYD struck out swinging. HOGAN singled to shortstop.
PAULSEN singled up the middle; HOGAN advanced to second. EPPS struck out
swinging. PARKER singled to third base; PAULSEN advanced to second; HOGAN
advanced to third. SCHAUS flied out to lf to left center. 0 runs, 3 hits, 0
errors, 3 LOB.

South Carolina 4th - LAIL popped up to 2b to right field. ENDERS lined
out to rf. HOPPER struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Clemson 5th - LEE singled to left center. BURGESS grounded into double
play 2b to 1b; LEE out on the play. WIDMANN grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 1
hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

South Carolina 5th - WINGO popped up to 2b. HAVENS struck out swinging.
MERRIFIELD singled up the middle. DARNELL fouled out to 3b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0
errors, 1 LOB.

Clemson 6th - BOYD doubled down the lf line. HOGAN flied out to cf.
PAULSEN grounded out to 2b; BOYD advanced to third. EPPS struck out swinging.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

South Carolina 6th - SMOAK reached on a fielding error by rf, advanced
to second on the error. DISHER fouled out to 3b. LAIL singled through the left
side; SMOAK advanced to third. LAIL stole second. ENDERS flied out to lf to
left center, SF, RBI; LAIL advanced to third; SMOAK scored, unearned. HOPPER
singled down the lf line, RBI; LAIL scored, unearned. WINGO grounded out to 2b.
2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Clemson 7th - PARKER fouled out to c. SCHAUS grounded out to ss. LEE
walked. LEE advanced to second on a wild pitch. BURGESS doubled to left center,
RBI; LEE scored. WIDMANN singled to shortstop; BURGESS advanced to third. BOYD
reached on a fielder's choice to second base; WIDMANN out at second 2b
unassisted. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

South Carolina 7th - MARTIN to p for R. HINSON. HAVENS singled through
the right side. MERRIFIELD grounded out to 3b, SAC, bunt; HAVENS advanced to
second. DARNELL walked. SMOAK singled up the middle, RBI; DARNELL advanced to
third; HAVENS scored. SARRATT to p for MARTIN. DISHER reached on a fielder's
choice to shortstop, RBI; SMOAK out at second ss to 2b; DARNELL scored. LAIL
singled through the left side; DISHER advanced to second. LAIL advanced to
second on a wild pitch; DISHER advanced to third on a wild pitch. ENDERS flied
out to rf. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Clemson 8th - HOGAN grounded out to ss. ATWOOD to p for CISCO. PAULSEN
hit by pitch. EPPS grounded out to 2b; PAULSEN advanced to second. PARKER
popped up to 2b to right center. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

South Carolina 8th - HOPPER doubled to center field. WINGO flied out to
cf to right center; HOPPER advanced to third. HAVENS flied out to lf, SF, RBI;
HOPPER scored. MERRIFIELD flied out to rf to right center. 1 run, 1 hit, 0
errors, 0 LOB.

Clemson 9th - NESTER pinch hit for SCHAUS. NESTER struck out swinging.
SANDERS pinch hit for LEE. SANDERS grounded out to p. BURGESS walked. WIDMANN
reached on a fielder's choice to shortstop; BURGESS out at second ss to 2b.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

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