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

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allowed only one hit in 5.2 innings pitched and Clemson pounded out 11 hits en route to a 6-3 victory over Boston College in front of 4,598 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday night. The Tigers, who took a 2-0 series lead, improved to 8-8 overall and 2-3 in the ACC. The Eagles, who lost their eighth game in a row, fell to 6-10 overall and 0-5 in ACC play.


The Eagles took a one-run lead on a two-run homer in the top of the second inning, but the Tigers responded with four runs in the bottom of the second inning and never relinquished the lead. Meanwhile, Leone and Jonathan MeyerJonathan Meyer
Jr. RH Pitcher
#28 6-0, 180
San Diego, CA

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kept the Eagles off balance all game to send the Tigers to their second win in a row.

Leone (3-1) pitched 5.2 solid innings in a starting role to earn the win. He gave up just one hit and two runs. Meyer pitched the final 3.1 innings to earn his first save of the year. He allowed three hits, one run, and no walks with five strikeouts. The two righthanders combined to allow four hits, the fewest surrendered by Clemson in 2012. They also held Boston College's first six starters in the batting order to a combined 0-for-20.

Eagle starter Hunter Gordon (1-1) suffered the loss, as he gave up nine hits, five runs, and five walks with two strikeouts in 5.1 innings pitched.

For the second day in a row, the Tigers jumped on the Eagles with a run in the first inning. Richie ShafferRichie Shaffer
Jr. 3rd Base
#8 6-3, 205
Charlotte, NC

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lined a two-out double down the left-field line and scored on Phil PohlPhil Pohl
Sr. Catcher
#9 5-11, 215
Cooperstown, NY

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's single through the left side.

In the top of the second inning, Spenser Payne drew a leadoff walk, then the next two Eagles were retired. But Nate LaPointe belted a two-run homer to left field, his second long ball of the year, to give Boston College the lead.

Clemson responded with four runs in the bottom of the second inning to regain the lead. Leadoff walks by Spencer KieboomSpencer Kieboom
Jr. Catcher
#22 6-0, 220
Marietta, GA

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and Dominic AttanasioDominic Attanasio
So. Outfielder
#1 5-7, 160
Windermere, FL

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along with a bloop single to right field by Brad FelderBrad Felder
Gr. Outfielder
#3 6-0, 200
Bowman, SC

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loaded the bases with no outs, then Thomas BrittleThomas Brittle
RS Jr. Outfielder
#4 5-8, 170
Cross, SC

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blooped another single to right field to score Kieboom. Steve WilkersonSteve Wilkerson
So. 2nd Base
#17 6-1, 185
Roswell, GA

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followed with a line-drive single to center to plate Attanasio. Two batters later, Shaffer walked to score Felder, then Pohl flared a single to left field to score Brittle.

Felder gave Clemson a four-run lead in the seventh inning when he laced a solo homer to right-center, his third long ball of the season.

In the ninth inning, pinch-hitter Rob Moir hit a two-out triple to left-center, then John Hennessy flared a single to right-center to score Moir. But pinch-hitter Matt Pare struck out to end the game.

Wilkerson led Clemson's 11-hit attack by going 3-for-5 with a double, RBI, and steal. Pohl went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a walk, while Felder went 2-for-4 with a homer and a game-high two runs. Jason StolzJason Stolz
Sr. Infielder
#2 6-2, 205
Marietta, GA

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extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an eighth-inning single as well.

Hennessy had two of the Eagles' four hits along with an RBI, while LaPointe's homer provided two of the team's three RBIs.

Clemson and Boston College will play game-three of the three-game series on Sunday at 11:30 AM. The game was originally scheduled for a 12:00 PM start, but the threat of inclement weather forced the change.

Boston College 3 (6-10,0-5 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Tom Bourdon cf...........  3  0  0  0   1  1  1  0   0
Blake Butera 2b..........  3  0  0  0   1  0  2  4   0
Anthony Melchionda ss....  4  0  0  0   0  1  2  3   0
Andrew Lawrence lf.......  4  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   1
Spenser Payne 1b.........  3  1  0  0   1  2  9  1   1
Travis Ferrick dh........  3  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
 Rob Moir ph.............  1  1  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
John Hennessy 3b.........  4  0  2  1   0  0  2  2   1
Nate LaPointe c..........  3  1  1  2   0  0  2  2   0
 Matt Pare ph............  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   1
Matt McGovern rf.........  1  0  0  0   1  0  1  0   0
 Marc Perdios rf.........  1  0  0  0   0  0  3  0   1
Hunter Gordon p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Kyle Prohovich p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 John Gorman p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 31  3  4  3   4  6 24 13   5

Clemson 6 (8-8,2-3 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Steve Wilkerson 2b.......  5  0  3  1   0  0  4  1   0
Jason Stolz ss...........  5  0  1  0   0  0  2  4   0
Richie Shaffer 3b........  3  1  1  1   2  1  1  1   0
Phil Pohl dh.............  3  0  2  2   1  0  0  0   1
Jon McGibbonJon McGibbon
So. 1st Base
#12 6-1, 210
Lindenhurst, NY
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Spencer Kieboom c........  3  1  1  0   1  0  5  1   3
Dominic Attanasio lf.....  3  1  0  0   1  1  0  0   0
Brad Felder rf...........  4  2  2  1   0  0  3  0   0
Thomas Brittle cf........  4  1  1  1   0  0  4  0   2
Dominic Leone p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Jonathan Meyer p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 33  6 11  6   6  3 27  8   9

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Boston College...... 020 000 001 -  3  4  0
Clemson............. 140 000 10X -  6 11  1
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E - McGIBBON(2). DP - BC 2; Clemson 1. LOB - BC 5; Clemson 9. 2B -
WILKERSON(5); SHAFFER(8). 3B - MOIR(2). HR - LaPOINTE(1); FELDER(3). SB -
WILKERSON(3). CS - STOLZ(3).

Boston College         IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Hunter Gordon.......  5.1  9  5  5  5  2 25 30
Kyle Prohovich......  0.2  0  0  0  1  0  1  2
John Gorman.........  2.0  2  1  1  0  1  7  7

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Dominic Leone.......  5.2  1  2  2  4  1 18 22
Jonathan Meyer......  3.1  3  1  1  0  5 13 13

Win - LEONE (3-1).  Loss - GORDON (1-1).  Save - MEYER (1).
BK - LEONE(1).
Umpires - HP: Tim O'Toole  1B: Ray Gregson  3B: Manny Salazar
Start: 6:32 PM   Time: 2:37   Attendance: 4598

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