CLEMSON - The fifth-ranked baseball team avenged its season opening
loss to Richmond with a 14-4 win on Saturday in front of 2,374 fans
at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Shortstop Jeff Baker and first baseman Jarrod Schmidt hit
back-to-back home runs in the first inning and Baker added a grand
slam in the second to led the offensive assault.
Starting pitcher Kevin Lynn pitched five and one-third strong innings
to pick up the win. Lynn yielded only one earned run, two hits and
two walks while striking out five of the 21 batters he faced.
Richmond starter Thomas Martin lasted only 2/3 of an inning and was
credited with the loss.
Clemson's big first inning started with two outs when Khalil Greene
singled to left field. Baker then hit a towering blast over the left
field fence for his first home run of the year and Schmidt followed
with a home run of his own to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead. The
back-to-back feat was last accomplished by Greene and Baker on April
30, 2000 at Georgia Tech.
The onslaught continued in the second inning. Designated hitter
Russell Triplett and catcher Seth Miller led off the inning with
singles and right fielder Casey Stone was hit by a pitch to load the
bases. Miller scored on a balk by Spider pitcher Bake Leonards and
Greene reached on an error to load the bases once again. Baker hit a
3-0 pitch out of the ballpark for his first career grand slam to give
Clemson an 8-0.
The Tigers would stretch their lead to 9-0 when Greene drove in Stone
in the bottom of the third. Greene, Stone and Baker all went 3-4 from
the plate on Saturday.
Richmond got on the board in the sixth inning when Vito Chiaravalloti
hit a ball that bounced off Lynn, allowing runner Bryan Prtiz to
score. Later in the inning, third baseman Matt Craig scored after a
balk by relief pitcher Thomas Boozer was called for a balk and the
Spiders cut the deficit to 9-2.
Clemson added five runs in the eighth inning to put the game away and
secure its first victory of the season
The teams conclude their series on Sunday at 1:00 PM. The game will
be broadcast on WCSZ-AM (1070) in Greenville.