Cribb's Six-Hit Shutout Leads Clemson to Victory Over VT


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BLACKSBURG, Va. - With its margin for error shrinking by the day, Clemson turned in a much-needed solid performance Monday night at Virginia Tech.


Righthander Josh Cribb fired a six-hit shutout, recording his first complete game of the season and leading the Tigers to a 7-0 win over the Hokies at English Field in Blacksburg, Va.


Cribb struck out six and walked just one, throwing just 118 pitches to improve to 4-4 on the season. Lefty Ryan Kennedy (5-6) suffered the defeat.



Clemson (29-19, 14-9 ACC) snapped the scoreless tie in the fifth inning by playing small ball.


With Stan Widmann at third base and one out, Herman Demmink put down a perfect bunt on the suicide squeeze for the first run of the game. Demmink was safe at first on the play, as well, and he moved to second when Brad Chalk dropped a bunt single down the first base line.


Taylor Harbin followed with a double to right field, scoring Demmink and moving Chalk around the third. Chalk scored moments later to make it 3-0 on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Colvin.


The Tigers added four more in the ninth on a two-run home run by catcher Adrian Casanova, his third of the season, and a two-run single from Tyler Colvin.


All that remained was for Cribb to shut the door. That he did, pitching out of a two-on, one-out jam in the ninth to preserve the shutout.


Virginia Tech falls to 20-22 overall, 5-14 in the ACC.


The teams close out the three-game series tonight in Blacksburg. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.


Clemson 7 (29-19,14-9 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Herman Demmink 3b........  3  2  1  1   1  0  0  4   0
Brad Chalk cf............  3  1  1  0   1  0  0  0   0
 David Williams ph/cf....  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Taylor Harbin 2b.........  3  1  1  1   2  0  3  4   1
 Daniel Pritchard 2b.....  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Tyler Colvin lf..........  4  0  1  3   0  1  0  0   2
Kris Harvey dh...........  5  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   2
Travis Storrer rf........  4  0  1  0   0  2  3  0   0
 Jesse Ferguson rf.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Andy D'Alessio 1b........  2  1  0  0   2  0 12  1   0
Stan Widmann ss..........  3  1  1  0   0  1  0  5   2
 Tanner Leggett ss.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Adrian Casanova c........  4  1  2  2   0  1  6  0   0
 Doug Hogan c............  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Josh Cribb p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Totals................... 32  7  8  7   6  6 27 16   7

Virginia Tech 0 (20-22,5-14 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Chris Stanton 1b.........  4  0  0  0   0  0 12  1   0
Sheldon Adams lf.........  4  0  3  0   0  0  0  0   0
Bryan Thomas 3b..........  4  0  0  0   0  1  0  5   1
Billy Marn dh............  3  0  0  0   1  1  0  0   0
Jose Cueto rf............  4  0  1  0   0  1  0  0   1
Matt Hacker 2b...........  4  0  1  0   0  1  0  0   2
Matt Foley c.............  3  0  1  0   0  1  6  0   2
Warren Schaeffer ss......  2  0  0  0   0  0  1  5   0
 Jose Rojas ph...........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
 Tom Blaszak ss..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Nate Parks cf............  3  0  0  0   0  0  6  0   0
Ryan Kennedy p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
 Josh Canova p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Randy Buffington p......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 32  0  6  0   1  6 27 11   6

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
-------------------------------------------
Clemson............. 000 030 004 -  7  8  2
Virginia Tech....... 000 000 000 -  0  6  1
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E - HARBIN(4); CASANOVA(7); FOLEY(3). DP - Clemson 1. 
LOB - Clemson 7; Va. Tech 6. 2B - HARBIN(20); STORRER(12). 
HR - CASANOVA(3). SH - DEMMINK(6); WIDMANN(5). SF - 
COLVIN(3). SB - DEMMINK(6); WIDMANN(3); CUETO(6).

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Josh Cribb..........  9.0  6  0  0  1  6 32 33

Virginia Tech          IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Ryan Kennedy........  8.1  7  5  5  4  5 29 36
Josh Canova.........  0.0  0  1  1  1  0  0  1
Randy Buffington....  0.2  1  1  1  1  1  3  4

Win - CRIBB (4-4).  Loss - KENNEDY (5-6).  Save - None.
WP - KENNEDY 2(8); BUFFINGTON(4). BK - CRIBB(2).
Umpires - HP: David Pritchett  1B: Tim Clougherty  
3B: Gerald Trexler
Start: 7:03   Time: 2:16   Attendance: 1133
CANOVA faced 1 batter in the 9th.

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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