Baseball Splits Two Games in Las Vegas


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LAS VEGAS, NV - Clemson fought back for the second straight game to hand Oregon State a 9-5 loss at UNLV's Wilson Stadium.


The Tigers overcame a 6-1 deficit on Thursday by scoring nine runs in the final two innings to beat UNLV 10-6. Clemson needed a seven-run sixth inning to get past the Beavers in the first game Friday.


The Tigers scored seven times on seven hits in the sixth inning to overcome a 4-2 Oregon State lead. The rally started on a double by sophomore right fielder Kyle Frank. Chad Coder singled followed by a walk by Michael Johnson. Freshman designated hitter Zane Green singled to score both Frank and Coder. Seth Miller, Ryan Riley and Casey Stone all singled before Oregon State turned a double play for the first outs of the inning. When the Tigers batted around Frank had his second hit of the inning, a single that scored Riley and Jeff Baker. Coder popped up to end the inning.


Sophomore Jarrod Schmidt got in the win column with his first win of the year (1-1). He went 5 2/3 innings giving up six hits and five runs, all of which were earned. Matt Henrie came on in relief in the sixth inning to finish the game. Henrie allowed just three hits to pick up the save. Beavers' starter Thad Johnson was pegged with his first loss of the year.


Clemson scored first in the second inning when first baseman Michael Johhnson went deep over the fence in right-centerfield to also score Coder. The Beavers tied the game in the bottom half of the inning and took the lead in the fourth when two of the first three batters singled. Zach Gordon singled to score Chris Biles. Josh Howard scored on a sacrifice fly to deep right field to give Oregon State a 4-2 lead.


Stone was a perfect in his four plate appearances on the day with a double and three singles. He also had one RBI and a stolen base. The Tigers improved to 4-1 on the year with the aid of 12 hits against Oregon State, while the Beavers dropped to 4-4.


The two teams will meet again on Saturday at 1:00 PM and on Sunday at 2:00 PM.


UNLV Slugs Away For 14-6 Victory Over Clemson

Rebels belt 19 hits and three homers to snap Clemson's four-game win streak.


LAS VEGAS, NV - UNLV had 19 hits to score 14 runs in a 14-6 victory over the 10th-ranked Clemson to snap the Tigers four-game win streak Friday afternoon at UNLV's Wilson Stadium.


Clemson mustered only 12 hits to produce six runs. Trent Kitsch, Jason Reuss and Ryan Ruiz each belted home runs for the Rebels. Brad Hertel was 3-4 with one run and one RBI and all nine UNLV starters scored.


The Tigers got the scoring started with two runs in the second inning, but the bottom half of the inning proved costly for Clemson. Clemson starter Ryan Childs lasted only 1 2/3 innings, but was tagged with the loss (0-1) after giving up six hits and five runs, four of which were unearned.


Clemson, which fell to 4-2 on the year, fought back to pull within 7-6 with three runs in the top of the fourth, but the Rebels matched Clemson's offense in the bottom of the inning to take a 10-6 lead. UNLV scored in the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings to build the 14-6 lead. Chad Coder went 3-4 and scored twice to lead Clemson's offense.


Rebel starter Joke Gann went five innings and gave up all of Clemson's runs off of 10 hits. He struck out four and walked two on his way to his first win of the year (1-1) as UNLV improved to 5-8.


The game concluded the two-game series between Clemson and UNLV, but the Tigers continue with one game on each Saturday and Sunday vs. Oregon State. Clemson beat the Beavers earlier in the day on Friday 9-5.



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