Clemson Defeats Ohio University 17-4 Behind Baker's Blasts


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CLEMSON - Sophomore third baseman Jeff Baker had two home runs,
including his second grand slam of the season, to lead Clemson to a
17-4 victory over Ohio University Sunday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium
before 2,967 fans.


The game also saw the return of senior center fielder Patrick Boyd,
who has been sidelined with a stress fracture in his back. Boyd went
1-3 on the day with a double and scored two runs, including the
Tigers' first run of the game in the second inning.


Ohio took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning after the Bobcats loaded the
bases on starter Ryan Childs. Cory Keylor's ground out scored a run
and an error by reliever Thomas Boozer scored another run.


Clemson responded in the bottom of the inning. Casey Stone's RBI
single was followed two batters later by a three-run homer from Baker
to give the Tigers a 5-2 lead. In the sixth inning, pinch hitter
Russell Triplett knocked in two runs with a single to center field
and shortstop Khalil Greene followed with a two-run single of his own
to make the score 9-2.


The Tigers put the game away in the eighth inning. Baker's towering
grand slam was followed by a three-run home run by Jon Smith. Smith's
homer was the first of his career and sent Bobcat reliever Sean
Hutcheson to the bench without recording an out.


Baker went 4-4 on Sunday with 7 RBI to cap a week in which he went
9-11 with nine RBIs and three runs scored. He now has 7 home runs
this season.


Boozer (1-0) picked up the win for Clemson while Ohio's Denny McGee
(2-1) got the loss. Clemson moved to 10-4 on the season while Ohio
dropped to 3-4.


The Tigers will host Georgia Southern for a two-game set Tuesday
and Wednesday. Tuesday's game will be the first night game of the
season with the first pitch scheduled for 7:15 PM Wednesday's matchup
will begin at 3:00 PM.


Ohio University 4 (3-4)

Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A
Gandee ss.................  2  1  0  0    1  1  1  1
 Shrawder ph............... 1  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
 Carlone ss................ 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  2
 Meyer ph.................. 1  0  0  0    0  1  0  0
 Sullivan pr............... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
Arbinger rf...............  5  2  1  0    0  0  3  0
Kyes 2b...................  4  0  1  0    0  1  3  2
Keylor lf/cf..............  5  0  0  1    0  2  0  0
See dh/p..................  5  1  2  1    0  1  0  0
Lombardy 1b...............  5  0  1  0    0  1  8  0
Fox 3b....................  3  0  2  0    1  0  0  1
Sarnowski cf..............  2  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
 Foust ph/lf............... 2  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
Johnson c.................  4  0  1  0    0  1  9  1
McGee p...................  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
 McKinney p................ 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
 Hutcheson p............... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
 Cornell p................. 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
Totals.................... 39  4  8  2    2  8 24  7


Clemson University 17 (10-4)

Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A
Chad Coder rf.............  4  0  0  0    0  2  1  0
 Zane Green rf............. 2  1  0  0    0  0  1  0
Casey Stone lf............  6  3  3  1    0  0  3  0
Khalil Greene ss..........  5  2  2  2    0  0  3  1
Jeff Baker 3b.............  4  3  4  7    1  0  0  1
Patrick Boyd cf...........  3  2  1  0    2  0  2  0
Michael Johnson 1b........  4  1  1  0    1  2  8  0
Jarrod Schmidt dh.........  1  1  0  1    1  0  0  0
 Jon Smith ph.............. 1  1  1  3    0  0  0  0
Ryan Riley 2b.............  2  2  1  0    1  1  1  5
 Ryan Klosterman ph/2b..... 2  0  0  0    0  0  1  0
Seth Miller c.............  2  0  0  0    0  2  4  0
 Russell Triplett ph....... 1  1  1  2    0  0  0  0
 Steve Pyzik c............. 1  0  0  0    0  1  3  0
 Gene Pierce ph/c.......... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
Ryan Childs p.............  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  1
 Thomas Boozer p........... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
 B.J. LaMura p............. 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
 Kevin Lynn p.............. 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
 Josh Cram p............... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
Totals.................... 38 17 14 16    6  8 27  8



Score by innings:                      R  H  E
----------------------------------------------
Ohio University       000 020 011   -  4  8  3
Clemson University    010 044 17    - 17 14  4
----------------------------------------------

E - Lombardy(2), Fox(5), Foust(1), GREENE 2(4), BAKER(10), BOOZER(1).
LOB - Ohio 11, Clemson 7.
2B - BOYD(1).
HR - BAKER 2(7), SMITH(1).
SB - Arbinger(1). CS - GREENE(2).
SF - SCHMIDT(4).

Ohio University        IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB BF
McGee...............  5.1   6   6   6   2   6  22 25
McKinney............  0.2   3   3   3   1   1   4  5
See.................  1.0   1   1   1   2   1   3  6
Hutcheson...........  0.0   3   7   6   1   0   5  7
Cornell.............  1.0   1   0   0   0   0   4  5


Clemson University     IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB BF
Ryan Childs.........  4.1   5   2   0   1   4  19 21
Thomas Boozer.......  1.1   1   0   0   0   0   6  6
B.J. LaMura.........  1.1   0   0   0   0   1   4  4
Kevin Lynn..........  1.0   1   1   1   1   2   4  5
Josh Cram...........  1.0   1   1   0   0   1   6  6



Win - BOOZER 1-0.  Loss - McGee 2-1.  Save - None.
WP - McGee 2(4), Cornell(1), LYNN(2), CRAM 2(2). BK - See(1), 
McGee 2(2), McKinney(2).
HBP - by CHILDS (Kyes), by McGee (SCHMIDT), 
by Hutcheson (GREENE), by Cornell (PIERCE).
Umpires - Home:Randy Watkins  1st:Eric Johanson  3rd:Paul Nauert
Start: 1:04 PM   Time: 3:05   Attendance: 2967
Hutcheson faced 7 batters in the 8th.

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