Tigers Hold Off Spartan Rally, Take 11-10 Victory


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CLEMSON - Righthander Graham Stoneburner pitched 3.0 scoreless innings, and sophomores Ben Paulsen and Mike Freeman each blasted multi-run homers to lead #24 Clemson to an 11-10 victory over UNC Greensboro Tuesday in front of 3,689 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Clemson improved to 8-4 and UNC Greensboro dropped to 8-4 in the first-ever matchup between the two teams.

Stoneburner (2-0) allowed just three hits and one walk in 3.0 scoreless innings pitched in a scheduled short start to earn the victory. Warren Slack (0-1) allowed three runs on three hits in 2.0 innings pitched to take the loss.

Clemson's offense provided its pitching staff with plenty of run support with 11 runs, including two multi-run homers, and 14 hits. Freeman led the Tigers with three hits and five RBIs, while Paulsen totaled three hits and three RBIs. Kyle Parker had a 3-for-5 day, and Boyd upped his hitting streak to 10 games with a single as well. Ricky Orton led the Spartans with two hits and two RBIs.

The Tigers took an early 3-0 lead when Paulsen blasted a three-run home run over the centerfield fence in the first inning. It was his fourth long ball of the season.

With two outs in the third, Paulsen singled to left, moved to second on a double by Parker, and then scored on a passed ball.

Chris Epps led off the fourth with a walk and Stan Widmann followed with a single up the middle. The two each moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt by Wilson Boyd. Epps then scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Doug Hogan to put the Tigers ahead 5-0.

Parker led off with a double to right to open the fifth inning and advanced to third on a groundout by Jeff Schaus before Freeman drove him in with a single up the middle. Freeman then stole second and Epps drew a walk. Widmann then plated Freeman with a single through the left side.

In the sixth inning, Freeman launched a grand slam home run to right-center. It was hit first career homer and put the Tigers on top 11-0.

The Spartans charged with six runs off three hits in the seventh. Adam Deleo hit a one-out single to left-center and moved to second on a wild pitch. Ray Quinones then walked and Deleo advanced to third on another wild pitch to put runners on the corners. Deleo then scored on a single to right-center by Tim Carrier. Matt Gaski drew a walk to load the bases. With Brock Schnabel on in relief, Greg Feltes was hit by a pitch to plate Quinones. Orton then walked in Carrier. Sean Snell then plated Gaski with a sacrifice fly down the right-field line and Feltes scored on a wild pitch. Pedro Leon then doubled to left-center, plating Orton.

The Spartans continued their rally with four more runs in the ninth inning, but it was not enough to catch the Tigers, as Matt Vaughn picked up his fifth save of the season by striking out Carrier with the tying run on first base.

Clemson and UNC Greensboro will conclude their two-game series Wednesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium at 4:00 PM.


2008 Clemson Baseball
                         UNC Greensboro at #24 Clemson
               Mar 11, 2008 at Clemson, SC (Doug Kingsmore Stad.)

UNC Greensboro 10 (8-4)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Tim Carrier 2b...........  6  1  3  1   0  1  4  4   1
Matt Gaski ss............  4  1  1  0   1  0  2  2   0
Greg Feltes dh...........  4  2  2  1   0  0  0  0   0
Ricky Orton 1b...........  4  2  2  2   1  1  7  0   1
Sean Snell rf............  2  1  0  1   1  0  1  0   0
Pedro Leon lf............  5  1  2  1   0  1  1  0   4
Corey Overholtzer cf.....  3  0  1  0   0  1  1  0   0
 Drew Gehringer ph/cf....  0  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
 Brent O'Berry ph........  1  0  0  1   0  0  0  0   0
Adam Deleo c.............  4  1  1  1   0  0  8  0   3
Ray Quinones 3b..........  4  1  1  1   1  0  0  2   0
Warren Slack p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Matt Bjorkstrom p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Kory Judd p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Greg Smith p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 James White p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Blake Hassebrock p......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 37 10 13  9   5  4 24  9   9

Clemson 11 (8-4)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Stan Widmann ss..........  4  0  2  1   0  1  2  3   0
 Matt Sanders ss.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Wilson Boyd cf...........  4  1  1  0   0  2  3  0   2
Doug Hogan c.............  2  1  0  1   1  0  3  0   0
 John Nester c...........  1  0  0  0   0  1  2  0   0
Ben Paulsen 1b...........  5  3  3  3   0  1  8  1   1
Kyle Parker dh...........  5  2  3  0   0  1  0  0   0
Jeff Schaus lf...........  3  1  2  0   2  0  3  0   0
Mike Freeman 3b/2b.......  4  2  3  5   1  0  1  3   1
J.D. Burgess 2b..........  3  0  0  0   0  1  1  1   3
 John Hinson 3b..........  2  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   2
Chris Epps rf............  1  1  0  0   2  1  2  1   0
 Alex Lee ph/rf..........  1  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Graham Stoneburner p.....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Casey Harman p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Trent Rothlin p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Brock Schnabel p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Alex Martin p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Clinton McKinney p......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Matt Vaughn p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 35 11 14 10   6  8 27 10   9

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
-------------------------------------------
UNC Greensboro...... 000 000 604 - 10 13  2
Clemson............. 301 124 00X - 11 14  2
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E - JUDD(1); WHITE(1); WIDMANN(6); McKINNEY(1). DP - Greensboro 2; Clemson
1. LOB - Greensboro 9; Clemson 9. 2B - CARRIER(4); ORTON(8); LEON(3);
PAULSEN(4); PARKER 2(5). HR - PAULSEN(4); FREEMAN(1). HBP - FELTES; SNELL;
SANDERS. SH - BOYD(1). SF - SNELL(2); DELEO(1); HOGAN(1). SB - FREEMAN(1).

UNC Greensboro         IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Warren Slack........  2.0  3  3  3  1  4  9 10
Matt Bjorkstrom.....  1.0  2  1  1  2  1  5  7
Kory Judd...........  0.2  1  1  1  1  0  1  4
Greg Smith..........  1.1  3  2  2  1  2  7  8
James White.........  1.0  3  4  3  0  0  7  7
Blake Hassebrock....  2.0  2  0  0  1  1  6  8

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Graham Stoneburner..  3.0  3  0  0  1  0 10 11
Casey Harman........  3.0  2  0  0  0  3 12 13
Trent Rothlin.......  0.1  2  4  4  2  0  3  5
Brock Schnabel......  0.1  0  2  2  1  0  0  3
Alex Martin.........  1.1  2  0  0  1  0  5  6
Clinton McKinney....  0.1  3  4  1  0  0  5  5
Matt Vaughn.........  0.2  1  0  0  0  1  2  3

Win - STONEBURNER (2-0).  Loss - SLACK (0-1).  Save - VAUGHN (5).
WP - ROTHLIN 2(2); SCHNABEL(1); McKINNEY(1). HBP - by HARMAN (SNELL); by
SCHNABEL (FELTES); by HASSEBROCK (SANDERS). PB - DELEO(1); NESTER(1).
Umpires - HP: Steve Manders  1B: Randy Watkins  3B: Danny Everett
Start: 4:04   Time: 3:15   Attendance: 3689
Game: CU3111


 Play-by-Play 
                             2008 Clemson Baseball
                  UNC Greensboro at #24 Clemson - Play-by-Play
               Mar 11, 2008 at Clemson, SC (Doug Kingsmore Stad.)


Score by Innings                    R  H  E
-------------------------------------------
UNC Greensboro...... 000 000 604 - 10 13  2
Clemson............. 301 124 00X - 11 14  2
-------------------------------------------

UNC Greensboro starters: 5/2b CARRIER; 12/ss GASKI; 8/dh FELTES; 21/1b ORTON;
10/rf SNELL; 24/lf LEON; 22/cf OVERHOLTZER; 44/c DELEO; 6/3b QUINONES; 27/p
SLACK;
Clemson starters: 6/ss WIDMANN; 12/cf BOYD; 30/c HOGAN; 10/1b PAULSEN; 25/dh
PARKER; 3/lf SCHAUS; 5/3b FREEMAN; 1/2b BURGESS; 26/rf EPPS; 15/p STONEBURNER;

UNC Greensboro 1st - CARRIER doubled to right field, out at third rf to
ss to 3b. GASKI lined out to cf to right center. FELTES singled through the
left side. ORTON flied out to lf. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Clemson 1st - WIDMANN popped up to 2b to right center. BOYD singled up
the middle. HOGAN walked; BOYD advanced to second. PAULSEN homered to center
field, 3 RBI; HOGAN scored; BOYD scored. PARKER struck out swinging. SCHAUS
singled to right center. FREEMAN flied out to lf to left center. 3 runs, 3
hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

UNC Greensboro 2nd - SNELL walked. LEON flied out to cf to left center.
OVERHOLTZER singled to first base; SNELL out at first 1b unassisted. DELEO
flied out to lf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Clemson 2nd - BURGESS struck out looking. EPPS struck out swinging.
WIDMANN struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

UNC Greensboro 3rd - QUINONES grounded out to ss. CARRIER flied out to
rf. GASKI popped up to ss to left field. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0
LOB.

Clemson 3rd - BJORKSTROM to p for SLACK. BOYD struck out swinging. HOGAN
lined out to 2b. PAULSEN singled to left field. PARKER doubled down the lf
line; PAULSEN advanced to third. PARKER advanced to third on a passed ball;
PAULSEN scored on a passed ball. SCHAUS walked. FREEMAN walked; SCHAUS advanced
to second. BURGESS flied out to rf. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

UNC Greensboro 4th - HARMAN to p for STONEBURNER. FELTES grounded out to
ss. ORTON doubled to left field. SNELL flied out to cf; ORTON advanced to
third. LEON struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Clemson 4th - JUDD to p for BJORKSTROM. EPPS walked. WIDMANN singled up
the middle; EPPS advanced to second. BOYD grounded out to 3b, SAC, bunt;
WIDMANN advanced to second; EPPS advanced to third. HOGAN flied out to cf, SF,
RBI; EPPS scored. WIDMANN advanced to third on a throwing error by p, failed
pickoff attempt. G. SMITH to p for JUDD. PAULSEN struck out swinging. 1 run,
1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

UNC Greensboro 5th - OVERHOLTZER struck out swinging. DELEO grounded out
to 2b. QUINONES lined out to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Clemson 5th - PARKER doubled to right field. SCHAUS out at first p to ss
to 1b; PARKER advanced to third. FREEMAN singled up the middle, RBI; PARKER
scored. BURGESS popped up to 1b. FREEMAN stole second. EPPS walked. WIDMANN
singled through the left side, RBI; EPPS advanced to second; FREEMAN scored.
BOYD struck out swinging. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

UNC Greensboro 6th - FREEMAN to 2b. J. HINSON to 3b for BURGESS. CARRIER
flied out to rf. GASKI singled to left center. FELTES reached on a fielder's
choice to shortstop; GASKI advanced to second on a fielding error by ss,
advanced to third on the error. ORTON struck out looking. SNELL hit by pitch;
FELTES advanced to second. LEON popped up to ss. 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 3
LOB.

Clemson 6th - WHITE to p for G. SMITH. HOGAN popped up to 2b. PAULSEN
reached on a muffed throw by p, assist by 2b. PARKER singled through the left
side; PAULSEN advanced to second. SCHAUS singled to center field; PARKER
advanced to second; PAULSEN advanced to third. FREEMAN homered to right center,
4 RBI; SCHAUS scored; PARKER scored; PAULSEN scored, unearned. J. HINSON
grounded out to 1b unassisted. LEE pinch hit for EPPS. LEE grounded out to 3b.
4 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 0 LOB.

UNC Greensboro 7th - SANDERS to ss for WIDMANN. NESTER to c for HOGAN.
LEE to rf. ROTHLIN to p for HARMAN. OVERHOLTZER grounded out to 2b. DELEO
singled to left center. DELEO advanced to second on a wild pitch. QUINONES
walked; DELEO advanced to third on a wild pitch. CARRIER singled to right
center, RBI; QUINONES advanced to second; DELEO scored. GASKI walked; CARRIER
advanced to second; QUINONES advanced to third. SCHNABEL to p for ROTHLIN.
FELTES hit by pitch, RBI; GASKI advanced to second; CARRIER advanced to third;
QUINONES scored. ORTON walked, RBI; FELTES advanced to second; GASKI advanced
to third; CARRIER scored. SNELL flied out to rf down the rf line, SF, RBI;
FELTES advanced to third; GASKI scored. ORTON advanced to second on a wild
pitch; FELTES scored on a wild pitch. MARTIN to p for SCHNABEL. LEON doubled to
left center, RBI; ORTON scored. GEHRINGER pinch hit for OVERHOLTZER. GEHRINGER
walked. DELEO out at first p to 2b to 1b. 6 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2
LOB.

Clemson 7th - GEHRINGER to cf. HASSEBROCK to p for WHITE. SANDERS hit by
pitch. BOYD grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b; SANDERS out on the play.
NESTER struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

UNC Greensboro 8th - QUINONES fouled out to c, bunt. CARRIER singled up
the middle. GASKI grounded into double play 1b to ss; CARRIER out on the play.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Clemson 8th - PAULSEN doubled to left field. PARKER popped into double
play 2b to ss; PAULSEN out on the play. SCHAUS walked. FREEMAN singled up the
middle; SCHAUS advanced to second. J. HINSON grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 2
hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

UNC Greensboro 9th - McKINNEY to p for MARTIN. FELTES singled up the
middle. FELTES advanced to second on a passed ball. FELTES advanced to third on
a wild pitch. ORTON singled through the right side, RBI; FELTES scored. SNELL
reached on a fielder's choice to pitcher; ORTON advanced to second on a
throwing error by p. LEON singled to third base; SNELL advanced to second;
ORTON advanced to third. O'BERRY pinch hit for GEHRINGER. O'BERRY grounded out
to 2b, RBI; LEON advanced to second; SNELL advanced to third; ORTON scored,
unearned. VAUGHN to p for McKINNEY. DELEO lined out to lf, SF, RBI; SNELL
scored, unearned. QUINONES singled up the middle, RBI; LEON scored, unearned.
CARRIER struck out swinging. 4 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

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