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Trailing 4-0, #16 Clemson scored nine combined runs in the third, fifth, and sixth innings to defeat Maine 9-5 in front of 5,340 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday. The Tigers, who evened the series 1-1, improved to 3-2 on the season, while the Black Bears fell to 1-1.


Maine scored four runs in the top of the third inning to take a 4-0 lead, but Clemson chipped away with two runs in the bottom of the third inning. Then in the fifth inning, the Tigers scored five runs, capped by Spencer KieboomSpencer Kieboom
Jr. Catcher
#22 6-0, 220
Marietta, GA

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's three-run homer. Phil PohlPhil Pohl
Sr. Catcher
#9 5-11, 215
Cooperstown, NY

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added a two-run home run in the sixth inning.


Tiger starter Dominic LeoneDominic Leone
Jr. RH Pitcher
#6 5-11, 195
Norwich, CT

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(2-0) earned the win despite allowing six hits, four runs, and three walks with six strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched. Mike KentMike Kent
RS So. RH Pitcher
#15 6-0, 195
Springfield, VA

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pitched 2.0 scoreless innings of one-hit ball in relief during a key part of the game.


Jeffrey Gibbs (0-1), the first of four Black Bear hurlers, suffered the loss. He yielded six hits, seven runs, and four walks with four strikeouts in 4.1 innings pitched.



The Black Bears took the game's first lead in the top of the third inning. Brian Doran led off with a seeing-eye, infield single to first and went to second on Mike Connolly's sacrifice bunt. Colin Gay lined a single to right-center to score Doran and Gay advanced to third base on Troy Black's single through the left side on a perfectly-executed hit-and-run play. Michael Fransoso followed with a single through the right side to score Gay and advance Black to third, then Fransoso moved to second on the throw to third base. Ian Leisenheimer followed with a single down the right-field line to score Black and Fransoso, giving Maine a 4-0 lead.


Clemson cut Maine's lead in half in the bottom of the third inning. Thomas BrittleThomas Brittle
RS Jr. Outfielder
#4 5-8, 170
Cross, SC

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reached on a one-out walk and went to third on Steve WilkersonSteve Wilkerson
So.
#17 6-1, 185
Roswell, GA

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's single through the right side. Brittle scored on a wild pitch as Wilkerson stole second, then Pohl walked. Richie ShafferRichie Shaffer
Jr.
#8 6-3, 205
Charlotte, NC

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followed with a line-drive single to left field to plate Wilkerson.


In the fifth inning, the Tigers exploded for five runs on four hits and one hit-by-pitch to take a 7-4 lead. Dominic AttanasioDominic Attanasio
So. Outfielder
#1 5-7, 160
Windermere, FL

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led off with an infield single to third and scored on Brittle's triple to right-center. Wilkerson followed with a single through the left side to score Brittle and Pohl was hit-by-pitch. Two batters later, Kieboom belted a three-run homer down the left-field line, his first long ball of the year.


The Tigers tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning when Pohl hit a two-out, two-run homer to left field, his second long ball of the season. Attanasio, who led off the inning with a walk, also scored on the home run.


In the ninth inning, Connolly lined a two-out double off the wall down the left-field line and scored on Gay's single up the middle. But Black grounded out to second to end the game.


Shaffer went 3-for-5 with an RBI to lead the Tigers at the plate. Brittle went 1-for-2 with a triple, two runs, one RBI, three walks, and one stolen base.


Gay went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk to pace Maine, who outhit the Tigers 10-9.


Clemson and Maine will play the series-finale of the three-game series on Sunday at 2:00 PM.

Maine 5 (1-1)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Colin Gay cf.............  4  1  3  2   1  1  4  0   0
Troy Black 2b............  4  1  1  0   0  1  0  2   2
Michael Fransoso ss......  3  1  1  1   1  0  3  2   0
Ian Leisenheimer lf......  3  0  1  2   0  1  2  0   1
 Kyle Silva ph...........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
 Sam Balzano lf..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Alex Calbick 3b..........  3  0  0  0   1  1  0  1   0
Justin Leisenheimer 1b...  3  0  0  0   1  2  5  0   1
Fran Whitten dh/p........  3  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   1
 Nick Bernardo ph........  1  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
Brian Doran rf...........  4  1  2  0   0  0  1  0   0
Mike Connolly c..........  3  1  1  0   0  1  9  0   1
Jeffrey Gibbs p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Steve Trask p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Luke Morrill p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 32  5 10  5   4  9 24  5   6

Clemson 9 (3-2)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Thomas Brittle cf........  2  2  1  1   3  0  2  0   0
Steve Wilkerson 2b.......  4  2  2  1   0  2  1  2   0
 Jay BaumJay Baum
Fr. 
#13 5-11, 180
Alpharetta, GA
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Phil Pohl dh.............  2  2  1  2   1  1  0  0   0
 Mike DunsterMike Dunster
So. Infielder
#10 5-10, 180
Greenwich, CT
View Full Profile ph/dh......  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Richie Shaffer 3b........  5  0  3  1   0  1  0  0   1
Spencer Kieboom c........  4  1  1  3   0  0  9  0   2
 Tyler SlatonTyler Slaton
Fr. Outfielder
#18 5-7, 195
Cumming, GA
View Full Profile ph/lf......  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Brad FelderBrad Felder
Gr. Outfielder
#3 6-0, 200
Bowman, SC
View Full Profile rf...........  3  0  0  0   0  1  1  0   0
 Garrett BoulwareGarrett Boulware
Fr. Catcher
#30 6-1, 200
Anderson, SC
View Full Profile ph/lf..  1  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   1
Jon McGibbonJon McGibbon
So. 
#12 6-1, 210
Lindenhurst, NY
View Full Profile 1b..........  3  0  0  0   1  2 12  0   0
Jason StolzJason Stolz
Sr. Infielder
#2 6-2, 205
Marietta, GA
View Full Profile ss...........  4  0  0  0   0  1  1  5   2
Dominic Attanasio lf.....  2  2  1  0   1  0  0  0   0
 Joe CostiganJoe Costigan
So. Outfielder
#5 5-11, 200
Naples, FL
View Full Profile ph/rf......  0  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
Dominic Leone p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  2   0
 Mike Kent p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Patrick AndrewsPatrick Andrews
Fr. RH Pitcher
#43 6-2, 205
Hilton Head Island, SC
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 Clay BatesClay Bates
RS Fr. RH Pitcher
#42 5-11, 180
Rock Hill, SC
View Full Profile p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 33  9  9  8   8 10 27 11   9

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Maine............... 004 000 001 -  5 10  0
Clemson............. 002 052 00X -  9  9  0
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DP - Maine 1; Clemson 2. LOB - Maine 6; Clemson 9. 2B - DORAN(1);
CONNOLLY(1). 3B - BRITTLE(1). HR - POHL(2); S. KIEBOOM(1). HBP - POHL. SH -
BLACK(1); CONNOLLY(1). SB - BRITTLE(1); WILKERSON 2(2); BOULWARE(1).

Maine                  IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Jeffrey Gibbs.......  4.1  6  7  7  4  4 18 23
Fran Whitten........  1.2  2  2  2  1  3  8  9
Steve Trask.........  0.2  0  0  0  3  1  2  5
Luke Morrill........  1.1  1  0  0  0  2  5  5

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Dominic Leone.......  5.0  6  4  4  3  6 17 22
Mike Kent...........  2.0  1  0  0  0  0  7  7
Patrick Andrews.....  1.0  0  0  0  1  3  3  4
Clay Bates..........  1.0  3  1  1  0  0  5  5

Win - LEONE (2-0).  Loss - GIBBS (0-1).  Save - None.
WP - WHITTEN 3(3); GIBBS 2(2). HBP - by GIBBS (POHL).
Umpires - HP: Craig Mirr  1B: Jay Pierce  3B: Craig Barron
Start: 4:33 PM   Time: 2:54   Attendance: 5340

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