#22 Clemson Tops Michigan State 6-1 Wednesday at Fluor Field


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Mike Freeman totaled a career-high four hits and led #22 Clemson to a
6-1 victory over Michigan State in front of 5,058 fans at Fluor Field on Wednesday night. Clemson improved to 8-4, while Michigan State fell to 1-11. Clemson also improved to 4-0 all-time at Fluor Field and swept the two-game, midweek series with the Spartans.


Freeman, who went 4-for-4, led Clemson's 10-hit attack. Ben Paulsen and Wilson Boyd also had two hits apiece for the Tigers, while Boyd had a game-high three RBIs. Paulsen improved to 11-for-17 (.647) with four doubles, one homer, eight runs, and eight RBIs in four career games at Fluor Field.


Graham Stoneburner (1-2) earned the win in relief for Clemson. He pitched 3.1 innings and allowed three hits and no walks with six strikeouts. Six Tiger pitchers combined for a season-high 14 strikeouts and held the Spartans hitless in 13 at-bats with runners on base, while the Tiger hitters were 6-for-12 in that situation.


Spartan starter Kyle Corcoran (0-1) took the loss, as he allowed five runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings pitched.


Clemson jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Freeman hit a one-out single on an 0-2 pitch and Paulsen followed with a double off the left-field wall. Boyd then drove both runners in with another double to left field.


Jeff Schaus hit his team-leading third home run of the year to right field in the fourth inning to extend Clemson's lead to 3-0.


Jason Stolz led off the fifth inning with a double, his first career extra-base hit. After a sacrifice bunt by Phil Pohl, Addison Johnson laid down a suicide squeeze bunt that scored Stolz. Follwing a Brad Miller walk and Freeman single, Paulsen and Boyd hit back-to-back run-scoring singles to give Clemson a 6-0 lead.


Michigan State put a run on the board in the ninth inning. Jeff Holm hit a one-out single, moved to second on a groundout, and scored on a wild pitch.


Four different Spartans accounted for the team's four hits.


Clemson will return to action when it plays host to Wake Forest in a three-game series this weekend beginning Friday at 4:00 PM.


Michigan State 1 (1-11)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Brandon Eckerle cf.......  5  0  0  0   0  2  3  0   1
Eli Boike rf.............  3  0  1  0   1  1  0  0   0
Chris Roberts 2b.........  2  0  1  0   1  0  3  3   0
Jonathan Roof ss.........  4  0  0  0   0  2  1  5   2
Eric Roof 1b.............  4  0  0  0   0  2 11  1   3
Johnny Lee dh............  4  0  1  0   0  2  0  0   0
Jeff Holm lf.............  3  1  1  0   1  1  0  0   0
Andrew Carpenter 3b......  3  0  0  0   1  2  1  0   0
Seth Williams c..........  3  0  0  0   1  2  4  0   3
Kyle Corcoran p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  5   0
 Max Miller p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Kurtis Frymier p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 31  1  4  0   5 14 24 14   9

Clemson 6 (8-4)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Brad Miller ss...........  2  1  0  0   2  0  0  2   0
Mike Freeman 2b..........  4  2  4  0   0  0  1  1   0
 Matt Sanders 3b.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Ben Paulsen 1b...........  4  1  2  1   0  1  7  0   1
Wilson Boyd lf...........  4  0  2  3   0  0  1  0   1
Kyle Parker dh...........  4  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   2
Jeff Schaus rf...........  3  1  1  1   0  0  1  0   1
 Chris Epps rf...........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Jason Stolz 3b/2b........  4  1  1  0   0  0  1  2   0
Phil Pohl c..............  2  0  0  0   0  0 14  1   0
 Adam Ward ph............  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 John Nester c...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Addison Johnson cf.......  1  0  0  1   0  1  1  0   0
Kevin Brady p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Graham Stoneburner p....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Will Lamb p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Scott Weismann p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Ryan Hinson p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Tomas Cruz p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 30  6 10  6   2  4 27  8   5

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
-------------------------------------------
Michigan State...... 000 000 001 -  1  4  2
Clemson............. 200 100 30X -  6 10  2
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E - BOIKE(1); WILLIAMS(1); FREEMAN(3); STONEBURNER(1). DP - Michigan St. 1.
LOB - Michigan St. 9; Clemson 5. 2B - FREEMAN(3); PAULSEN(4); BOYD(2);
STOLZ(1). HR - SCHAUS(3). HBP - ROBERTS; JOHNSON. SH - POHL(2); JOHNSON(1).
CS - JOHNSON(2).

Michigan State         IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Kyle Corcoran.......  6.2  7  5  5  2  2 23 28
Max Miller..........  0.0  3  1  1  0  0  3  3
Kurtis Frymier......  1.1  0  0  0  0  2  4  4

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Kevin Brady.........  1.2  0  0  0  3  3  5  8
Graham Stoneburner..  3.1  3  0  0  0  6 13 14
Will Lamb...........  1.0  0  0  0  0  1  3  3
Scott Weismann......  1.0  0  0  0  0  1  3  3
Ryan Hinson.........  1.0  0  0  0  1  2  3  4
Tomas Cruz..........  1.0  1  1  1  1  1  4  5

Win - STONEBURNER (1-2).  Loss - CORCORAN (0-1).  Save - None.
WP - CRUZ 2(3). HBP - by STONEBURNER (ROBERTS); by CORCORAN (JOHNSON).
Umpires - HP: Steve Manders  1B: Jeremy Dupree  3B: David Savage
Start: 7:04 PM   Time: 2:25   Attendance: 5058
MILLER faced 3 batters in the 7th.


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