Baseball Defeats Western Carolina 13-9 in Seesaw Affair


by -
    |

CLEMSON, SC - Michael Johnson homered twice and Jeff Baker and Khalil Greene also went deep to lead top-ranked Clemson to a 13-9 victory over Western Carolina on Tuesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Every Tiger starter had a hit as the Tigers improved to 31-4. Western Carolina dropped to 22-13.


Clemson took the lead for good in the seventh after trading runs with Western Carolina for most of the game. Chad Coder doubled to get things going for Clemson and he scored two batters later on L.J. DeMaino's second RBI single of the evening. Pinch hitter Russell Triplett, who reahed on a walk, scored on a wild pitch and Kyle Frank walked to bring Khalil Greene to the plate. The senior belted his 11th home run of the season, this one a three-run shot, to give Clemson a 13-8 lead it would not relinquish.


Thomas Boozer (1-0) earned his first win of the year for Clemson by pitching 3.1 innings, allowing two hits and one run while walking one and striking out two. DeMaino and Coder each had three hits to pace the Clemson offense. Seth Foster (6-2) picked up the loss for the Catamounts.


Western Carolina took a 1-0 lead in the first when Alan Beck hit a two-out triple that bounced off the wall in right and later scored on a Donovan Minero single. Clemson answered immediately in the bottom of the frame with its own two-out rally. Greene singled and was followed by Baker's 14th home run of the season to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. In the second inning, Coder reached on an infield hit, stole second and came home on DeMaino's single for a 3-1 lead.


The Catamounts came back with three runs in the third off of an RBI single by Beck and a two-run double by Todd Buchanan. Clemson regained the lead in the bottom of the frame when Michael Johnson sent a 3-2 pitch soaring over the right field fence. The home run was Johnson's 14th of the season, which put him back into a tie with Baker for the team lead. Chad Coder singled in a run to cap the scoring as Clemson secured a 6-4 advantage.


Western loaded the bases with one out in the sixth. Relief pitcher Chad Bendinelli entered the game and got Beck to tap one back to the mound, but Bendinelli's lob toss to the plate was bobbled by catcher Steve Pyzik, who got the force at home but not a double play. Buchanan then stepped up to the plate and crushed Bendinelli's first offering deep to right for a grand slam, the third of his career. The Catamounts loaded the bases again in the inning before reliever Thomas Boozer recorded the final out.


With two away in the bottom of the sixth, Johnson struck again, hitting another two-run bomb to right field to knot the game at eight. It marked the third multi-home run game of the season for Johnson.


Boozer set down the Catamounts in the seventh and gave up one run in the eighth while the Tiger bats went to work. He induced a 4-6-3 double play to end the game in the ninth.


Clemson will host South Carolina on Wednesday night at 7:15 PM at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. A limited number of general admission and standing room only tickets will be sold at the left field gate starting at 5:00 PM.

Western Carolina 9 (22-13)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Goldston, Rod rf.........  3  2  1  0   3  0  1  0   0
Schade, Ryan 3b..........  4  2  1  0   1  1  0  2   1
Beck, Alan lf............  5  4  3  1   0  0  1  1   0
Buchanan, Todd 1b........  4  1  4  6   0  0  9  1   0
Minero, Donovan cf.......  4  0  1  1   0  1  2  0   0
Myers, Doug dh...........  4  0  1  0   1  0  0  0   2
Sigmon, Brian c..........  5  0  1  0   0  1  7  1   4
Woodley, Dan ss..........  5  0  1  0   0  0  1  4   3
Roper, Todd 2b...........  4  0  1  0   0  1  2  1   0
Foley, Dan p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  2   0
 Hoover, Rob p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Foster, Seth p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Basner, Ryan p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Foster, Ryan p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Totals................... 38  9 14  8   5  4 24 13  10

Clemson 13 (31-4)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
DeMaino, L.J. lf.........  6  1  3  2   0  0  0  0   0
Frank, Kyle rf...........  5  1  1  0   1  0  2  0   1
Greene, Khalil ss........  5  2  2  3   0  2  4  8   5
Baker, Jeff 3b...........  3  3  2  2   2  0  0  0   0
Johnson, Michael 1b......  3  2  2  4   1  1 13  0   0
Hourigan, Jeff dh........  5  1  2  0   0  1  0  0   1
Pyzik, Steve c...........  5  0  1  0   0  0  4  1   3
 Miller, Seth c..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Coder, Chad cf...........  5  2  3  1   0  1  1  0   0
Evans, Garrick 2b........  3  0  1  0   0  2  2  2   0
 Triplett, Russell ph/2b.  0  1  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
 Green, Zane ph..........  0  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
 Slevin, David 2b........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
Jackson, Steven p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Bendinelli, Chad p......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Boozer, Thomas p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
Totals................... 40 13 17 12   6  7 27 17  10

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
-------------------------------------------
Western Carolina.... 103 004 010 -  9 14  1
Clemson............. 213 002 50X - 13 17  2
-------------------------------------------

E - SCHADE(11); GREENE 2(8). DP - W. Carolina 1; 
Clemson 3. LOB - W. Carolina 10; Clemson 10. 
2B - BECK(11); BUCHANAN(7); CODER(7). 3B - BECK(2).
HR - BUCHANAN(5); GREENE(11); BAKER(14); 
JOHNSON 2(15). HBP - BUCHANAN; MINERO; JOHNSON. 
SH - ROPER(4). SB - DeMAINO(8); BAKER(14); 
CODER(2). CS - GOLDSTON(4); BAKER(4).

Western Carolina       IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
--------------------------------------------------
Foley, Dan..........  3.0 10  6  5  1  3 20 21   -
Hoover, Rob.........  2.0  2  0  0  0  1  7  7   -
Foster, Seth........  1.1  4  7  7  4  2  8 12   -
Basner, Ryan........  0.2  1  0  0  0  0  2  3   -
Foster, Ryan........  1.0  0  0  0  1  1  3  4   -

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
--------------------------------------------------
Jackson, Steven.....  5.1  9  7  7  4  2 23 29   -
Bendinelli, Chad....  0.1  3  1  1  0  0  4  5   -
Boozer, Thomas......  3.1  2  1  1  1  2 11 12   -

Win - BOOZER (1-0).  Loss - S. FOSTER (6-2).  
Save - None. WP - S. FOSTER(6). HB - BASNER; JACKSON;
BENDINELLI. BK - JACKSON(2); BOOZER(1).
Umpires - Home:Eric Johansen  1st:Danny Everett  
3rd:Joe Conley
Start: 7:18   Time: 3:04   Attendance: 2297

Rate this Story:
8 votes

    |
Loading...

Herbstreit: 'Frightening' defense has Clemson as Playoff favorite

Venables says Saturday sets up to be a bloody nose kind of day

Photos: Clemson vs. Louisville - 2

Clemson ranked No. 1 in CBSSports.com's 2017 performances

Clemson-Louisville was most-watched prime-time game

Five Questions Answered

Inside the Road Trip: Big game vibe was missing from Louisville

Former Clemson LB traded to Dolphins

Don't want to get smacked by Wilkins? Don't score. Or play rock-paper-scissors
Sign Up for E-Mail News Alerts
Features
Updates
Daily Digest