Clemson Comeback Falls Short as Oregon State Wins 10-9


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LAS VEGAS, NV - Tenth-ranked Clemson scored eight runs in the final
three innings but could not overcome a nine-run lead as Oregon State
held off Clemson for a 10-9 win at UNLV's Wilson Stadium.


Oregon State (5-4) scored three runs in the first inning and five runs
in the second thanks to three home runs and a double all with the wind.
Kevin Lynn was charged with all eight runs that came from eight hits.
He faced just 10 batters. He fell to 1-1 with the loss.


Clemson (4-3) managed to scored one run in the bottom of the first
thanks to a Ryan Riley home run to straight-away center to pull within
two runs at 3-1. Oregon State answered with the five-run second and
added two more runs in the fourth inning to take a commanding 10-1
lead, which it held until the seventh inning when Clemson bats came
alive.


Jarrod Schmidt homered to left-centerfield for one run and then Riley
doubled to score Michael Johnson, who had reached with a single two
batters earlier. In the eighth inning, Clemson scored three runs with
two outs. Chad Coder and Schmidt both singled and would score on a
double by Kyle Frank. Johnson singled to knock in Johnson and pull the
Tigers within 10-6.


In the ninth Clemson retired the batters in order, like it had in each
of the previous three innings. In the bottom half of the inning facing
Beaver reliever Stephen Copeland, Riley reached on a walk and then
Khalil Greene singled. Baker then sent a blast over the field in
left-centerfield to make it a one-run game. Copeland regained his
composure and got Coder to line out to centerfield and Schmidt to
ground out to the short stop.


Scott Nicholson got the win for Oregon State to improve to 2-0 on the
year. He gave up six runs, all earned, on 11 hits, walking three and
striking out six. Nick Glaser and Thomas Boozer came on in relief of
line to allow only two runs on six hits.


Clemson and Oregon State conclude the three-game series in Las Vegas
Sunday at 2:00 PM.

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