Tigers split with Tar Heels on Sunday


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Clemson, SC -

Pinch-hitter Brett Knief's two-out double in the top of the ninth inning scored the go-ahead run and North Carolina escaped a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth to edge #20 Clemson 4-3 in front of 4,777 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Tar Heels, who won the series 2-1, improved to 25-17 overall and 8-13 in the ACC. The Tigers dropped to 25-16 overall and 11-10 in ACC play.


The Tar Heels jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Clemson answered with one run in the bottom of the first and two runs in the second. Neither team dented the scoreboard again until the ninth inning, when pinch-hitter Ryan Graepel started the rally with a two-out single and scored the winning run from first on Knief's double to right-center.


North Carolina starter Patrick Johnson (4-3) pitched 8.1 strong innings to earn the win. He allowed seven hits, three runs (one earned), and three walks with six strikeouts in throwing 129 pitches. Greg Holt pitched the final 0.2 innings to record his third save of the year.


Will Lamb (3-4) took the loss, as he gave up the go-ahead run in the ninth inning. The Tigers were unable to take advantage of freshman Dominic Leone's stellar outing in his first career ACC start. He pitched a career-high 8.0 innings, allowing seven hits, three runs, and one walk with three strikeouts. The first three Tar Heel batters of the game crossed home plate, but after Leone surrendered a leadoff single in the third inning, he yielded just one hit and no runs over his last 6.0 innings pitched.


The Tar Heels wasted little time taking the game's first lead in the top of the first inning. Mike Cavasinni led off with a hit-by-pitch. Ben Bunting followed with a single through the left side to move Cavasinni to third as Bunting advanced to second on the throw to third. Levi Michael then lofted a high flyball to deep left-center that fell for a triple to score Cavasinni and Bunting. After Jesse Wierzbicki reached on an error and Brian Goodwin fouled out, Dillon Hazlett singled up the middle to score Michael.




In the bottom of the first inning, Mike Freeman lined a one-out single to center, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error, and scored on Kyle Parker's bloop single to left-center.
In the second inning, Wilson Boyd led off with a single to right field and was safe at second when Will Lamb reached on a fielding error. John Nester then laced a double down the left-field line to score Boyd. Richie Shaffer lofted a sacrifice fly to right to plate Lamb and tie the score 3-3.


After six scoreless innings, the Tar Heels took the lead in the top of the ninth inning. After the first two batters were retired, Graepel came off the bench and lined a single to right field. Knief came off the bench and laced a double to right-center to score Graepel.


In the bottom of the ninth inning, Boyd led off with a single to left field on a 3-2 pitch and went to second on Lamb's sacrifice bunt. After Nester walked, Shaffer reached on a perfectly placed infield single on the left side to load the bases with one out. Holt was down in the count 3-0 to Chris Epps before throwing a strike. Then on a 3-1 pitch, the home-plate umpire called a delayed strike as Shaffer headed for second base thinking it was ball #4. Catcher Jacob Stallings threw to first base to easily pick off Shaffer for out #2. Epps then struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch for the game's final out.


Bunting paced the Tar Heels' nine-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with a run. Boyd had a team-high two hits for the Tigers, who had eight hits in the game. Clemson suffered its first home series loss since 2008 and fell to 0-11 in its last 11 games decided by two runs or less, seven of which have been one-run defeats.


The Tigers will be off five days for final exams before they return to action for a four-game series at home against Florida Gulf Coast starting Saturday at 6:30 PM.


North Carolina 4 (25-17,8-13 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Mike Cavasinni cf........  3  1  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Ben Bunting lf...........  4  1  3  0   0  0  1  0   0
Levi Michael ss/3b.......  4  1  1  2   0  0  3  1   2
Jesse Wierzbicki c/1b....  4  0  1  0   0  2 12  2   1
Brian Goodwin rf.........  4  0  0  0   0  0  4  0   0
Dillon Hazlett 3b/2b.....  4  0  1  1   0  1  2  1   0
Tommy Coyle 2b...........  3  0  0  0   0  0  0  7   1
 Ryan Graepel ph/ss......  1  1  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
Seth Baldwin dh..........  2  0  1  0   1  0  0  0   0
 Brett Knief ph/dh.......  1  0  1  1   0  0  0  0   0
Chaz Frank 1b............  2  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
 Jacob Stallings c.......  2  0  0  0   0  1  3  2   1
Patrick Johnson p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Garrett Davis p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Greg Holt p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 34  4  9  4   1  4 27 13   5

Clemson 3 (25-16,11-10 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Addison Johnson cf.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Chris Epps cf...........  4  0  0  0   1  3  1  0   3
Mike Freeman 2b..........  4  1  1  0   0  0  2  7   1
Kyle Parker rf...........  3  0  1  1   1  0  0  0   0
John Hinson 3b...........  4  0  1  0   0  1  0  2   0
Brad Miller ss...........  4  0  1  0   0  1  5  2   2
Jeff Schaus lf...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Wilson Boyd lf..........  4  1  2  0   0  0  2  0   1
Will Lamb dh/p...........  3  1  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
John Nester c............  2  0  1  1   2  0  3  2   0
 Jason Stolz pr..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Richie Shaffer 1b........  3  0  1  1   0  1 13  0   0
Dominic Leone p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0
 Kevin Brady p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 31  3  8  3   4  7 27 14   7

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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North Carolina...... 300 000 001 -  4  9  2
Clemson............. 120 000 000 -  3  8  1
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E - WIERZBICKI(3); HAZLETT(6); HINSON(6). DP - Clemson 2. LOB - N. Carolina
5; Clemson 7. 2B - BUNTING(13); KNIEF(4); HINSON(7); NESTER(7). 3B -
MICHAEL(4). HBP - CAVASINNI. SH - LAMB(2). SF - SHAFFER(1). SB - FREEMAN(6).
CS - GOODWIN(2); EPPS(6); HINSON(3).

North Carolina         IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Patrick Johnson.....  8.1  7  3  1  3  6 29 34
Garrett Davis.......  0.0  0  0  0  1  0  0  1
Greg Holt...........  0.2  1  0  0  0  1  2  2

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Dominic Leone.......  8.0  7  3  3  1  3 29 31
Will Lamb...........  0.2  2  1  1  0  0  4  4
Kevin Brady.........  0.1  0  0  0  0  1  1  1

Win - JOHNSON (4-3).  Loss - LAMB (3-4).  Save - HOLT (3).
WP - LEONE(4). HBP - by LEONE (CAVASINNI).
Umpires - HP: Mark Chapman  1B: Tony Maners  3B: Darrell Arnold
Start: 1:54 PM   Time: 2:59   Attendance: 4777
DAVIS faced 1 batter in the 9th.


#20 Tigers Top Tar Heels 10-6 Sunday in Resumed Game

Kyle Parker goes 3-for-4 with a homer and double to lead the Tigers.


Clemson, SC –

Kyle Parker went 3-for-4 with a home run and #20 Clemson scored six runs in the fourth inning to rally from a 5-0 deficit to defeat North Carolina 10-6 in front of 5,118 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in a game that started Saturday and was completed on Sunday due to inclement weather. The Tigers, who evened the series 1-1, improved to 25-15 overall and 11-9 in the ACC. The Tar Heels fell to 24-17 overall and 7-13 in ACC play.


Alex Frederick (1-1), the second of four Tiger pitchers, earned the win, as he pitched 1.2 hitless and scoreless innings. Will Lamb struck out the only batter he faced to record his first save of the season.


Michael Morin (5-2), the third of five Tar Heel pitchers, suffered the loss. He allowed two runs on two hits in 1.1 innings pitched.


The Tar Heels took the game's first lead in the second inning. Dillon Hazlett hit a one-out single on an 0-2 pitch to right field, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored two batters later on Seth Baldwin's two-out single to center.


North Carolina added to its lead in the top of the third inning. Mike Cavasinni led off with a bunt single and Ben Bunting followed with a single to left. Levi Michael later walked with one out to load the bases, then Cavasinni scored on Brian Goodwin's walk on a 3-2 pitch. Two batters later, Tommy Coyle laced a two-out double to right field to score Bunting, Michael, and Goodwin.


In the bottom of the third inning, Richie Shaffer led off with a hit-by-pitch and Addison Johnson followed with a walk. After Mike Freeman grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, Jeff Schaus reached on an infield single to second to score Shaffer.


The Tigers scored six runs in the fourth inning to take the lead. Brad Miller led off with a walk, advanced to third on an error on a failed pickoff attempt, and scored on Will Lamb's single through the left side. Lamb then scored all the way from first base on a single to left-center by John Nester. With one out, Johnson reached on an infield single and Freeman laced a double to left-center to score Nester. Schaus' groundout to second plated Johnson to tie the score. Parker gave the Tigers the lead with an opposite-field, two-run homer to right field, his 16th long ball of the season.


Play was halted at the end of the fifth inning on Saturday at 1:00 PM due to inclement weather. Play resumed on Sunday at 12:00 PM with the Tigers leading 7-5.


In the sixth inning, Clemson doubled its lead. Parker drew a two-out walk and scored on John Hinson's double to right-center. After Hinson advanced to third on Miller's infield single, Hinson scored on a balk to up the Tigers' lead to 9-5.


Michael led off the seventh inning with a double down the right-field line, moved to third on Goodwin's flyout, and scored on Hazlett's groundout.


In the eighth inning, Hinson walked with one out, stole second, and scored on Miller's single up the middle.


Parker led Clemson's 13-hit attack with three hits and two RBIs, while Miller and Lamb had two hits apiece. Every Tiger starter had at least one hit as well.


Bunting had a team-high three hits for North Carolina, who also had 13 hits in the game. Coyle added a game-high three RBIs.



North Carolina 6 (24-17,7-13 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Mike Cavasinni cf........  4  1  1  0   0  0  5  0   0
Ben Bunting lf...........  5  1  3  0   0  0  2  0   1
Jesse Wierzbicki c.......  5  0  1  0   0  3  7  0   1
Levi Michael 3b..........  2  2  1  0   2  0  2  1   1
 Tarron Robinson ph......  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Brian Goodwin rf.........  4  1  1  1   1  0  0  0   3
Dillon Hazlett 1b/ss.....  5  1  2  1   0  1  4  2   0
Tommy Coyle 2b...........  4  0  1  3   0  0  2  3   0
 Brett Knief ph..........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   2
Seth Baldwin dh..........  4  0  1  1   0  0  0  0   1
Ryan Graepel ss..........  3  0  1  0   0  1  1  1   1
 Chaz Frank ph/1b........  1  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
Chris Munnelly p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Colin Bates p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Michael Morin p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
 Zach Bernard p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Jimmy Messer p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 39  6 13  6   3  7 24  7  10

Clemson 10 (25-15,11-9 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Addison Johnson cf.......  4  1  1  0   1  3  4  0   2
Mike Freeman 2b..........  5  1  1  1   0  0  1  3   0
Jeff Schaus lf...........  5  0  1  2   0  0  5  0   2
Kyle Parker rf...........  4  2  3  2   1  0  0  0   0
John Hinson 3b...........  4  2  1  1   1  0  0  2   2
Brad Miller ss...........  3  1  2  1   2  0  1  4   0
Will Lamb dh/p...........  5  1  2  1   0  1  0  0   1
John Nester c............  3  1  1  1   1  0  7  0   3
Richie Shaffer 1b........  3  1  1  0   0  1  8  1   0
Scott Weismann p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Alex Frederick p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 David Haselden p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Totals................... 36 10 13  9   6  5 27 10  10

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
-------------------------------------------
North Carolina...... 014 000 100 -  6 13  1
Clemson............. 001 602 01X - 10 13  0
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E - BATES(3). DP - N. Carolina 1. LOB - N. Carolina 10; Clemson 10. 2B -
WIERZBICKI(10); MICHAEL(13); HAZLETT(7); COYLE(7); FREEMAN(13); PARKER(5);
HINSON(6). HR - PARKER(16). HBP - NESTER; SHAFFER. SH - CAVASINNI(5). SB -
BUNTING(9); HINSON(14); LAMB(7).

North Carolina         IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Chris Munnelly......  2.2  3  1  1  2  1 10 13
Colin Bates.........  0.2  3  4  4  1  1  5  6
Michael Morin.......  1.1  2  2  2  1  0  6  8
Zach Bernard........  3.0  5  3  3  2  3 14 16
Jimmy Messer........  0.1  0  0  0  0  0  1  1

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Scott Weismann......  3.1  8  5  5  2  3 17 20
Alex Frederick......  1.2  0  0  0  1  1  5  6
David Haselden......  3.2  5  1  1  0  2 16 16
Will Lamb...........  0.1  0  0  0  0  1  1  1

Win - FREDERICK (1-1).  Loss - MORIN (5-2).  Save - LAMB (1).
WP - WEISMANN(3). HBP - by MUNNELLY (SHAFFER); by MORIN (NESTER). BK -
BERNARD(1).
Umpires - HP: Darrell Arnold  1B: Mark Chapman  3B: Tony Maners
Start: 11:06 AM   Time: 2:58   Attendance: 5118
Game notes:
Due to inclement weather, play halted at the end of the fifth at 1:00 PM.
Play resumed on April 25 at 12:00 PM.

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