Gamecocks Complete Weekend Sweep Of Clemson


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CLEMSON - Blake Cooper and Curtis Johnson shut down the Tiger bats to lead #3 South Carolina to a 5-1 victory over #13 Clemson Sunday in front of 6,258 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Gamecocks improved to 5-1 overall, while the Tigers fell to 5-2.

The two rivals will face each two more times in April on consecutive Wednesdays. The Gamecocks lead the season series 2-0.

Cooper (1-1) pitched 6.0 solid innings to earn the victory. The sophomore righthander allowed one unearned run on seven hits while striking out three and walking none. Reliever Curtis Johnson pitched 3.0 scoreless innings with four strikeouts to earn his first save of the season. D.J. Mitchell (1-1) suffered the loss, as he allowed two runs (one earned) on 10 hits while striking out a career-high-tying six batters in 5.1 innings pitched.

The Gamecocks broke through with two runs in the sixth inning after both teams squandered scoring opportunities during the first half of the contest. Harley Lail led off with a single through the left side but was erased on a fielder?s choice by Kyle Enders. Justin Hopper reached on an error by third-baseman Kyle Parker, allowing Enders to reach second. Scott Wingo then singled to right-center, scoring Enders. Reese Havens followed with a single through the right side to score Hopper and put South Carolina up 2-0.

The Tigers responded with one run in the bottom of the sixth inning thanks to a Gamecock miscue. Ben Paulsen, who reached on a fielder?s choice, scored on a two-out throwing error by third-baseman James Darnell on a grounder hit by Parker.

South Carolina scratched one more run in the seventh ining, as Justin Smoak scored on a double to left by Enders to put the Gamecocks on top 3-1.

With one out in the top of the ninth inning, Smoak blasted his third homer of the year, a solo shot to right. Andrew Crisp reached on a hit-by-pitch and Lail followed with a double to score Crisp.

South Carolina tallied 14 hits, including three each by Smoak and Lail. Havens, Enders, and Wingo added two hits apiece. Clemson totaled nine hits, including three by Wilson Boyd and two by Alex Lee. Doug Hogan extended his hitting streak to 22 games with his single in the eighth inning as well.

The Tigers will play host to Wofford on Wednesday at 4:00 PM at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.


2008 Clemson Baseball
                        #3 South Carolina at #13 Clemson
               Mar 02, 2008 at Clemson, SC (Doug Kingsmore Stad.)

South Carolina 5 (5-1)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Reese Havens ss..........  5  0  2  1   0  3  5  3   1
Whit Merrifield cf.......  4  0  0  0   1  2  1  0   3
James Darnell 3b.........  5  0  0  0   0  1  0  1   2
Justin Smoak 1b..........  5  2  3  1   0  1  8  1   0
Phil Disher dh...........  3  0  1  0   0  1  0  0   3
 Andrew Crisp ph/dh......  1  1  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Harley Lail rf...........  5  0  3  1   0  0  2  0   1
Kyle Enders c............  4  1  2  1   1  1  7  3   0
Justin Hopper lf.........  5  1  1  0   0  1  0  0   2
Scott Wingo 2b...........  3  0  2  1   1  0  3  6   0
Blake Cooper p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0
 Curtis Johnson p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
Totals................... 40  5 14  5   3 11 27 17  12

Clemson 1 (5-2)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Stan Widmann ss..........  4  0  0  0   1  1  2  2   1
Wilson Boyd lf...........  4  0  3  0   0  0  1  0   2
Doug Hogan c.............  4  0  1  0   0  0 11  2   0
Ben Paulsen 1b...........  3  1  1  0   0  1  7  0   0
Kyle Parker 3b...........  4  0  0  0   0  2  3  1   2
Jeff Schaus dh...........  4  0  1  0   0  1  0  0   2
J.D. Burgess 2b..........  4  0  0  0   0  1  3  3   0
Alex Lee cf..............  3  0  2  0   1  1  0  0   0
Chris Epps rf............  4  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   1
D.J. Mitchell p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Clinton McKinney p......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Matt Zoltak p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Matt Vaughn p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 34  1  9  0   2  7 27 10   9

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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South Carolina...... 000 002 102 -  5 14  1
Clemson............. 000 001 000 -  1  9  2
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E - DARNELL(2); PARKER 2(4). DP - S. Carolina 1; Clemson 1. LOB - S.
Carolina 12; Clemson 9. 2B - SMOAK(2); LAIL 2(4); ENDERS(1); LEE(1). HR -
SMOAK(3). HBP - AN. CRISP; PAULSEN. SB - BOYD(1). CS - WIDMANN(2); HOGAN(1).

South Carolina         IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Blake Cooper........  6.0  7  1  0  0  3 23 24
Curtis Johnson......  3.0  2  0  0  2  4 11 13

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
D.J. Mitchell.......  5.1 10  2  1  3  6 26 29
Clinton McKinney....  1.2  2  1  1  0  1  6  6
Matt Zoltak.........  1.0  0  0  0  0  1  3  3
Matt Vaughn.........  1.0  2  2  2  0  3  5  6

Win - COOPER (1-1).  Loss - MITCHELL (1-1).  Save - JOHNSON (1).
HBP - by COOPER (PAULSEN); by VAUGHN (AN. CRISP). BK - JOHNSON(1).
Umpires - HP: A.J. Lostaglio  1B: Randy Harvey  3B: Jeff Head
Start: 2:06   Time: 2:26   Attendance: 6258
Game: CU3021


 Play-by-Play 
                             2008 Clemson Baseball
                #3 South Carolina at #13 Clemson - Play-by-Play
               Mar 02, 2008 at Clemson, SC (Doug Kingsmore Stad.)


Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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South Carolina...... 000 002 102 -  5 14  1
Clemson............. 000 001 000 -  1  9  2
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South Carolina starters: 6/ss HAVENS; 5/cf MERRIFIELD; 4/3b DARNELL; 12/1b
SMOAK; 50/dh DISHER; 15/rf LAIL; 18/c ENDERS; 3/lf HOPPER; 8/2b WINGO; 27/p
COOPER;
Clemson starters: 6/ss WIDMANN; 12/lf BOYD; 30/c HOGAN; 10/1b PAULSEN; 25/3b
PARKER; 3/dh SCHAUS; 1/2b BURGESS; 19/cf LEE; 26/rf EPPS; 9/p MITCHELL;

South Carolina 1st - HAVENS singled up the middle. MERRIFIELD struck out
swinging. DARNELL reached on a fielder's choice to third base; HAVENS advanced
to second on a fielding error by 3b. SMOAK flied out to lf. DISHER struck out
swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Clemson 1st - WIDMANN struck out swinging. BOYD singled up the middle.
HOGAN flied out to cf to right center. BOYD stole second. PAULSEN hit by pitch.
PARKER grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

South Carolina 2nd - LAIL doubled to right center. LAIL out at third c
to 3b. ENDERS walked. HOPPER singled to shortstop; ENDERS advanced to second.
WINGO singled to right field; HOPPER advanced to second; ENDERS advanced to
third. HAVENS struck out swinging. MERRIFIELD struck out swinging. 0 runs, 3
hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

Clemson 2nd - SCHAUS out at first 1b to p. BURGESS grounded out to 1b
unassisted. LEE doubled down the lf line. EPPS grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 1
hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

South Carolina 3rd - DARNELL popped up to 2b to right field. SMOAK
struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b. DISHER singled to left center. LAIL
fouled out to 3b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Clemson 3rd - WIDMANN lined out to ss. BOYD singled through the right
side. HOGAN reached on a fielder's choice to shortstop; BOYD out at second ss
to 2b. PAULSEN singled to left field; HOGAN advanced to third. PAULSEN advanced
to second; HOGAN out at home c to 2b to c, caught stealing. 0 runs, 2 hits,
0 errors, 1 LOB.

South Carolina 4th - ENDERS singled to left field. HOPPER grounded into
double play ss to 2b to 1b; ENDERS out on the play. WINGO walked. HAVENS struck
out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Clemson 4th - PARKER struck out looking. SCHAUS singled through the left
side. BURGESS grounded into double play 3b to 2b to 1b; SCHAUS out on the play.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

South Carolina 5th - MERRIFIELD grounded out to 2b. DARNELL grounded out
to ss. SMOAK singled up the middle. DISHER lined out to ss. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0
errors, 1 LOB.

Clemson 5th - LEE struck out looking. EPPS singled to left field.
WIDMANN reached on a fielder's choice to second base; EPPS out at second 2b to
ss. WIDMANN out at second c to ss, caught stealing. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors,
0 LOB.

South Carolina 6th - LAIL singled through the left side. ENDERS reached
on a fielder's choice to third base; LAIL out at second 3b to 2b. HOPPER
reached on a fielder's choice to third base; ENDERS advanced to second on a
fielding error by 3b. WINGO singled to right center, RBI; HOPPER advanced to
third; ENDERS scored, unearned. HAVENS singled through the right side, RBI;
WINGO advanced to second; HOPPER scored. MERRIFIELD walked; HAVENS advanced to
second; WINGO advanced to third. McKINNEY to p for MITCHELL. HAVENS out at
second p to ss, picked off. DARNELL lined out to 3b. 2 runs, 3 hits, 1
error, 2 LOB.

Clemson 6th - BOYD singled through the right side. HOGAN flied out to
rf. PAULSEN reached on a fielder's choice to pitcher; BOYD out at second p to
ss. PARKER reached on a throwing error by 3b, advanced to third on the error;
PAULSEN scored on the error, unearned. SCHAUS flied out to rf. 1 run, 1 hit,
1 error, 1 LOB.

South Carolina 7th - SMOAK doubled down the rf line. AN. CRISP pinch hit
for DISHER. AN. CRISP struck out swinging. LAIL grounded out to 2b; SMOAK
advanced to third. ENDERS doubled to left field, RBI; SMOAK scored. HOPPER
grounded out to 1b unassisted. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Clemson 7th - AN. CRISP to dh. JOHNSON to p for COOPER. BURGESS grounded
out to p. LEE walked. EPPS grounded out to 2b; LEE advanced to second. WIDMANN
walked. BOYD grounded out to p. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

South Carolina 8th - ZOLTAK to p for McKINNEY. WINGO fouled out to c.
HAVENS struck out swinging. MERRIFIELD grounded out to p. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0
errors, 0 LOB.

Clemson 8th - HOGAN singled to pitcher. HOGAN advanced to second on a
balk. PAULSEN struck out swinging. PARKER struck out swinging, out at first c
to 1b. SCHAUS struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

South Carolina 9th - VAUGHN to p for ZOLTAK. DARNELL struck out
swinging. SMOAK homered to right field, RBI. AN. CRISP hit by pitch. LAIL
doubled to left center, RBI; AN. CRISP scored. ENDERS struck out looking.
HOPPER struck out looking. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Clemson 9th - BURGESS struck out looking. LEE singled to third base.
EPPS reached on a fielder's choice to second base; LEE out at second 2b to ss.
WIDMANN reached on a fielder's choice to shortstop; EPPS out at second ss to
2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

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