Clemson Tops ODU


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NORFOLK, Va. - The Clemson coaching staff knew David Kopp could pitch at this level. Now maybe everyone else does, too.


Kopp, who had struggled through the early stages of his freshman season, fired a two-hitter over seven innings Tuesday night to lead Clemson (9-8) to a 1-0 victory at Old Dominion.


The righthander didn't allow a hit until two outs were gone in the sixth inning, struck out two and walked just one. Moreover, he justified the faith head coach Jack Leggett and pitching coach Kevin O'Sullivan have in him, continuing to send him to the mound despite the fact that entering Tuesday Kopp was 0-2 with an ERA of 9.58.


"That's the David Kopp we know," Leggett said back at the team hotel. "He was outstanding. He threw strikes, got ahead of the hitters and that made all of his pitches that much better. We needed him to come through for us tonight, and he did in a big way."



Kopp was matched in effectiveness by ODU starter Kevin Gunter (2-3), but Gunter lost and Kopp won due in part to a huge mistake by the Monarchs' pitcher.


With one out in the top of the seventh inning, Clemson's Taylor Harbin reached on an error by ODU shortstop Jesse Schoendienst - great nephew of St. Louis Cardinals legend Red Schoendienst. Gunter attempted five straight pickoff throws to first in an attempt to keep Harbin close.


But when he threw that way a sixth time Gunter threw the ball down the right field line, allowing Harbin to come all the way around to third.


Travis Storrer then struck out with the infield drawn in for the second out, but Tyler Colvin saved the day by lining Gunter's first pitch off the wall in right field for a run-scoring double.


Harbin turned in the defensive play of the game in the bottom of the inning when, with two outs and a runner on first, he dove full length off to his right to take a base hit away from ODU's (14-13) Justin Gregula.


"That was big because they were beginning to get to Kopp a little there, getting some better swings on him," Leggett said. "If that ball goes through they've got runners on first and second and who knows what happens next. But Taylor made a heck of a play. I think the ball might have even been behind him a little when he caught it.


"That's how good a play it was."


Steve Faris pitched the final two innings without allowing a hit for his first save of the season.


Clemson only totaled four hits off Gunter and reliever James Boruk. Freshman centerfielder Brad Chalk had two of them.


The Tigers go for the series sweep tonight (7 p.m.), with right hander Jeff Hahn expected to take the mound for Leggett's team.


Clemson 1 (9-8)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Herman Demmink 3b........  4  0  1  0   0  0  0  2   0
Brad Chalk cf............  4  0  2  0   0  0  1  0   0
Taylor Harbin 2b.........  4  1  0  0   0  1  1  6   2
Travis Storrer rf........  4  0  0  0   0  2  2  0   1
Tyler Colvin lf..........  4  0  1  1   0  0  0  0   0
Kris Harvey dh...........  2  0  0  0   2  0  0  0   0
Stan Widmann ss..........  4  0  0  0   0  2  2  5   3
Andy D'Alessio 1b........  2  0  0  0   1  1 16  0   0
Adrian Casanova c........  3  0  0  0   0  2  5  0   0
David Kopp p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  3   0
 Stephen Faris p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 31  1  4  1   3  8 27 16   6

Old Dominion 0 (14-13)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Chris Keenan 2b..........  4  0  1  0   0  1  0  3   1
Evan Chipman lf..........  2  0  0  0   1  1  4  0   1
Bryan Cipolla 1b.........  4  0  0  0   0  1  8  0   0
Tyler Belcher c..........  4  0  1  0   0  2  8  1   1
Steve Harris rf..........  3  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Justin Gregula 3b........  3  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   1
Matt Hudgins dh..........  3  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Jess Schoendienst ss.....  2  0  0  0   0  0  2  3   0
Keith Hahn cf............  3  0  0  0   0  0  4  0   0
Kevin Gunter p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 James Burok p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 28  0  2  0   1  5 27  9   4

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
-------------------------------------------
Clemson............. 000 000 100 -  1  4  1
Old Dominion........ 000 000 000 -  0  2  2
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E - D'ALESSIO(3); SCHOENDIENST(7); GUNTER(1). 
DP - Clemson 1. LOB - Clemson 6; Old Dominion 4. 
2B - COLVIN(4). HBP - SCHOENDIENST. SH - CHIPMAN(4). SB -
CHALK(2); HAHN(10). CS - CHALK(2).

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
David Kopp..........  7.0  2  0  0  1  2 22 24
Stephen Faris.......  2.0  0  0  0  0  3  6  7

Old Dominion           IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Kevin Gunter........  8.2  4  1  0  3  7 30 33
James Burok.........  0.1  0  0  0  0  1  1  1

Win - KOPP (1-2).  Loss - GUNTER (2-3).  Save - FARIS (1).
HBP - by FARIS (SCHOENDIENST).
Umpires - HP: Jeff Doy  1B: Bill Slish  3B: Tony Dilbeck
Start: 6:59   Time: 1:59   Attendance: 282

Dan Scott covers Clemson University for the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Seneca Daily Journal/Clemson Messenger and TigerNet. He also hosts SportsTalk from 9 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Friday, on WCCP-Fm, 104.9. Click here for Dan Scott's SportsTalk discussion board.

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