Clemson Scores Five Runs in the Ninth on Way to 8-7 Victory


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CLEMSON, SC - No. 17 Clemson scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth
inning to tie the game and send it to extra innings, where a Khalil Greene
single in the bottom of the 11th gave the Tigers an 8-7 victory against
Coastal Carolina Wednesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.


The win snapped a five-game losing skid that equaled the longest for the
Tigers under head coach Jack Leggett. Clemson improved to 22-13 with the
win and Coastal Carolina dropped to 20-14.


Trailing 7-2 going into the bottom of the ninth inning, Khalil Greene got
things started for the Tigers which had mustered just one hit in the first
six innings of the game. He singled to right-center field and then scored
on Jarrod Schmidt's ninth home run of the season to make the score 7-4.


Chad Coder then doubled to left field and then Steve Pyzik walked. Casey
Stone singled to left field and the Chanticleers intentionally walked Jeff
Baker to pull Clemson within 7-5. Michael Johnson hit a two RBI single to
even the score at 7-7 and send the game to extra innings.


The five-run hole was the largest ninth-inning deficit overcome to gain
victory since April 14, 1995 when Clemson trailed N.C. State 15-4 in
Raleigh. The Tigers came back to score 11 innings and then claimed a 17-15
victory.


Clemson and Coastal Carolina went scoreless in the 10th and Coastal
Carolina failed to score in the top of the 11th. Clemson appeared it would
not score in the inning when it began with two straight foul outs. Baker
drew a walk to begin the threat and then Johnson singled to second base,
where Jeff Baker was safe. Greene then sent a shot into shallow left field
and it fell to bring home the winning run and give Clemson an 8-7 victory.


Steve Reba, who came on after two outs in the top of the tenth inning,
earned the win for the Tigers, upping his record to 6-1 this season. Justin
Sturge got the loss for the Chanticleers and fell to 1-3 on the season.


Clemson scored in the bottom of the first inning on a wild pitch that
brought home Stone, who singled out of the lead off spot for Clemson. He
was batted over on a grounder to third base by Kyle Frank and then advanced
to third on a fly to right field by Baker. The Tigers did not get their
second hit until the seventh inning.


Coastal Carolina responded in the top of the third inning. Chad Oxendine
got the first hit of the inning. Ryan McGraw doubled and then Jon Humay
doubled in both Oxendine and McGraw. Humay then moved to third on a passed
ball and then scored on a sacrifice fly to left field to give the
Chanticleers a 3-1 lead.


The Chanticleers added another three runs in the top of the fifth inning. A
base hit by Chad Felty and a walk by Luke Johnson led to two runs when
Steven Carter singled. With two outs and Carter running, Jordan Weismore
popped up to shallow left field and a running Stone let the ball fall of
his glove. Carter scored to put Coastal Carolina up 6-1.


Carter led off the eighth inning with a base hit and was moved to second on
a sacrifice bunt by Weismore. He moved to third on a grounder to second
base by David Chroniger and scored on base hit by Oxendine's second hit of
the game to give the Chanticleers a 7-1 lead.


The Tigers scored one run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a triple by
Baker that scored Stone, who had reached on his second hit of the game.
Clemson then trailed 7-2.


Clemson will host Duke Friday through Sunday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. It
will be the first ACC series of the season at Clemson. Friday's game will
be at 7:15 PM, while Saturday's game will be at 7:00 PM. The series finale
will be Sunday at 2:00 PM. All games will be broadcast on the Clemson Tiger
Network.

Coastal Carolina 7 (20-14)

Player	               AB	R	H	BI
Ryan McGraw lf	        4	1	1	0
Jon Humay cf	        6	1	1	2
Chad Felty rf	        4	1	1	1
 Justin Owens rf	1	0	0	0
Brandon Powell 2b	5	0	0	0
Luke Johnson 3b	        4	1	0	0
Chris Carter dh	        5	2	4	2
Jordan Weismore 1b	4	0	1	1
David Chroniger c	4	0	0	0
 Randy McGarvey, Jr. c	0	0	0	0
Chad Oxendine ss	4	1	2	1
Brad Schuka p	        0	0	0	0
 Kris Caster p	        0	0	0	0
 Justin Sturge p	0	0	0	0
Totals......        	41	7	10	7

Clemson University 8 (22-13)

Player	               AB	R	H	BI
Casey Stone lf	        5	3	3	0
Kyle Frank rf	        4	0	0	0
 Russell Triplett ph	1	0	0	0
 Anthony, Urrico rf	0	0	0	0
 Steve Reba p	        0	0	0	0
 Jon Smith ph	        1	0	0	0
Jeff Baker 3b	        4	1	1	2
Michael Johnson 1b	5	0	2	2
Khalil Greene ss	6	1	3	1
Jarrod Schmidt dh/p	5	1	2	2
Ryan Riley 2b	        5	0	0	0
Chad Coder cf	        5	1	2	0
Seth Miller c	        1	0	0	0
 Zane Green ph	        1	0	0	0
 Steve Pyzik c	        1	1	0	0
Steven Jackson p	0	0	0	0
 Josh Cram p	        0	0	0	0
 Mike Proto p	        0	0	0	0
Totals......   	       44	8	13	7

Score by Innings                       R  H  E
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Coastal Carolina.... 003 030 010 00 -  7 10  0
Clemson University.. 100 000 015 01 -  8 13  2
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Note: 2 outs, 2 runners LOB when the game ended.

E - STONE(2); GREENE(8). DP - C. Carolina 1; Clemson 1. LOB - C. Carolina
8; Clemson
10. 2B - McGRAW, R(5); HUMAY, J(5); CARTER, C 2(10); CODER(6). 3B -
BAKER(2). HR -
SCHMIDT(9). HBP - OXENDINE, C; STONE. SH - WEISMORE, J(2). SF - FELTY,
C(1). SB -
McGRAW, R(22); FELTY, C(7); CARTER, C(5); OXENDINE, C(3); STONE(18). 

Coastal Carolina    	IP	H	R	ER	BB	SO	WP	BK	HP	IBB	AB	BF	FO	GO
Brad Schuka 	6.0	3	1	1	2	4	1	0	1	0	21	24	9	5
Kris Caster 	2.1	5	5	5	1	3	0	0	0	0	11	12	3	0
Justin Sturge  L,1-3	2.1	5	2	2	2	1	0	0	0	1	12	14	4	2

Clemson University  	IP	H	R	ER	BB	SO	WP	BK	HP	IBB	AB	BF	FO	GO
Steven Jackson 	3.1	5	3	3	0	1	0	0	0	0	15	16	2	7
Josh Cram 	3.2	3	4	3	1	3	1	0	1	0	15	17	5	3
Mike Proto 	1.0	1	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	2	3	0	2
Jarrod Schmidt 	1.2	1	0	0	1	0	1	0	0	0	5	6	2	2
Steve Reba  W,6-1	1.1	0	0	0	2	2	0	0	0	0	4	6	1	1

WP - SCHUKA, B(3); SCHMIDT(4); CRAM(4). HB - SCHUKA, B; CRAM. PB -
CHRONIGER, D(2);
MILLER(4). 

Strikeouts - McGRAW, R; HUMAY, J; FELTY, C; OWENS, J; CHRONIGER, D;
OXENDINE, C;
GREENE; SCHMIDT 2; RILEY; CODER 2; MILLER; GREEN. Walks - McGRAW, R 2;
JOHNSON, L;
McGARVEY, R; BAKER 2; JOHNSON; MILLER; PYZIK. 

Umpires - Home:Arthur Schmidt  1st:Paul Nauert  3rd:Randy Watkins  
Start: 3:00 PM   Time: 3:48   Attendance: 1650

SCHUKA, B faced 2 batters in the 7th.
CRAM faced 1 batter in the 8th.

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