Clemson Rallies For 6-5 Victory Over Auburn


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CLEMSON -- Clemson rallied for four runs in the eighth inning and fended off an Auburn
comeback in the ninth inning for a 6-5 victory Sunday afternoon at Doug
Kingsmore Stadium before 3, 779 fans. Jarrod Schmidt (1-0) picked up the
win for third-ranked Clemson (3-0), while Ken Clayton (0-1) got the loss
for 25th-ranked Auburn (7-4). The home opening sweep was the sixth for
Clemson under Head Coach Jack Leggett.


Clemson led for most of the game but entered the bottom of the eighth
trailing 4-2. David Slevin led off with a single, Steve Pyzik walked and
L.J. DeMaino was hit by a pitch to load the bases with none out. After a
Kyle Frank strikeout, Khalil Greene drew a walk to plate one run.
All-American Jeff Baker then stepped to the plate and drilled a line drive
to right field that cleared the bases and gave Clemson a 6-4 lead heading
into the ninth.


After loading the bases with no outs in the top of the ninth, Auburn scored
a run when Bobby Huddleston hit an infield single. John Tyler grounded back
to Clemson closer Paul Harrelson, who threw to home plate for a force out.
Harrelson then induced a 4-6-3 double play to end the game and earn his
second save of the year.


Auburn got on the board first in the top of the third inning. After singles
by Josh Todd and Shawn Gamble, Chuck Jeroloman laid down a two-strike bunt
to move the runners to second and third. Todd scored on a groundout by
Javon Moran, but Jackson struck out Tug Hulett to get out of the inning.


Clemson responded in the bottom of the frame with two runs of its own.
Catcher Collin Mahoney, making his first start as a Tiger, hit his first
career home run to even the score. L.J. DeMaino immediately followed with a
triple down the right field line and scored on Kyle Frank's single to
right. Auburn tied the score at two in the seventh inning when Gamble
homered to right off of reliever Patrick Hogan and then took the lead in
the eighth after a two-run double by Todd.


Steven Jackson started on the mound for Clemson and worked six solid
innings, allowing only one run on four hits, in a no-decision. Auburn
starter Eric Brandon yielded two runs off four hits.


Clemson will play at the College of Charleston at 6:00 PM this Friday
before traveling to Columbia for a game with South Carolina Saturday at 4:00 PM.


Auburn 5 (7-4)

Player      	AB	R	H	RBI	BB	SO	PO	A	LOB
Moran cf	4	0	0	1	1	1	3	0	0
Hulett 2b	4	0	0	0	0	3	1	2	3
 Schuerholz 2b	1	0	1	0	0	0	0	0	0
Huddleston dh	5	0	2	1	0	1	0	0	0
 Wilson, T. dh	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
Mueller rf	3	0	1	0	1	1	0	0	0
 Vines rf	0	1	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
 Tyler rf	1	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
Schade 1b	3	1	0	0	2	0	7	2	2
Pratt, T. c	4	0	0	0	0	0	9	1	1
Todd 3b 	4	1	2	2	0	2	0	1	2
Gamble lf	4	1	2	1	0	1	2	0	1
Jeroloman ss	2	1	2	0	1	0	0	2	0
Brandon p	0	0	0	0	0	0	1	0	0
 Price p	0	0	0	0	0	0	1	0	0
 Dueitt p	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
 Clayton p	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
Totals......	35	5	10	5	5	9	24	8	9

Clemson 6 (3-0)

Player          	AB	R	H	RBI	BB	SO	PO	A	LOB
L.J. DeMaino lf 	3	2	1	0	0	1	0	0	0
Kyle Frank cf/rf	4	0	1	1	0	1	2	0	0
Khalil Greene ss	3	1	0	1	1	1	3	5	0
Jeff Baker 3b   	3	0	2	3	1	1	3	1	0
Michael Johnson 1b	3	0	0	0	0	1	10	0	0
Jarrod Schmidt rf/p	4	0	0	0	0	1	0	0	1
 Chad Coder cf   	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
Garrick Evans dh	2	0	0	0	0	2	0	0	1
 Zane Green dh/rf	1	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	1
 Paul Harrelson p	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	1	0
Russell Triplett 2b	2	0	0	0	0	0	0	3	0
 David Slevin 2b	1	1	1	0	0	0	0	1	0
Collin Mahoney c	2	1	1	1	0	1	8	0	0
 Steve Pyzik c  	0	1	0	0	1	0	1	0	0
Steven Jackson p	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	2	0
 Patrick Hogan p	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
 Thomas Boozer p	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
Totals......    	28	6	6	6	3	9	27	13	3

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Auburn.............. 001 000 121 -  5 10  1
Clemson............. 002 000 04X -  6  6  0
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E - Hulett(1). DP - Clemson 1. LOB - Auburn 9; Clemson 3. 2B -
Huddleston(6); Todd(2); BAKER(1). 3B - DEMAINO(1). HR - Gamble(1);
MAHONEY(1). HBP - DEMAINO. SH - Jeroloman(3); JOHNSON(1). CS - FRANK(1).

Auburn              	IP	H	R	ER	BB	SO	AB	BF	NP
Brandon         	6.0	4	2	2	0	7	21	21	77
Price              	0.1	0	0	0	1	0	0	2	7
Dueitt          	0.2	1	2	2	1	1	3	4	19
Clayton          	1.0	1	2	2	1	1	4	6	23

Clemson             	IP	H	R	ER	BB	SO	AB	BF	NP
Steven Jackson  	6.0	4	1	1	2	6	21	24	82
Patrick Hogan   	0.2	2	1	1	0	1	4	4	19
Thomas Boozer   	0.1	0	0	0	0	1	1	1	6
Jarrod Schmidt  	1.0	1	2	2	2	1	4	6	22
Paul Harrelson  	1.0	3	1	1	1	0	5	6	13

Win - SCHMIDT (1-0).  Loss - Clayton (0-1).  Save - HARRELSON (2).
HB - Clayton. BK - JACKSON(1). PB - PYZIK(1).
Umpires - Home:Damien Beal  1st:David Savage  3rd:Paul Naeurt
Start: 2:00   Time: 2:38   Attendance: 3779
Game: CU022402
Dueitt faced 2 batters in the 8th.

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