Hinson, Smith Lead #13 Clemson to 2-1 Win Over #6 Virginia


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Sophomore lefthander Ryan Hinson pitched 6.1 scoreless innings of one-hit ball, and senior Marquez Smith hit a solo homer in the eighth inning to lead #13 Clemson to a 2-1 victory over #6 Virginia Sunday afternoon in front of 4,720 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.


Clemson improved to 26-13 overall, 11-7 in the ACC. Virginia fell to 34-9, 13-7 in the ACC. Virginia won the series 2-1 despite being outhit .209 to .202 and the Tigers tallying a 1.33 ERA to Virginia's 1.73 ERA.


Clemson continued its run of outstanding starting pitching. Hinson (4-1) silenced the Cavalier bats, surrendering only one hit over 6.1 innings. He struck out five and walked five, as he held Virginia hitless in the first six innings. Alan Farina earned his first save as a Tiger, as he pitched 2.2 solid innings of relief, allowing one run on two hits and striking out one. Hinson and Farina combined to allow just three hits, two less than Virginia's previous season-low total.


Starter Sean Doolittle (6-3) took the loss for Virginia after allowing one run off five hits with six strikeouts in 6.0 innings pitched.


The Tigers grabbed a quick lead in the first inning. D.J. Mitchell hit a one-out single to left and Taylor Harbin followed with a single down the left-field line, as Mitchell moved to third. Andy D'Alessio's bloop single to left field scored D.J. Mitchell and put the Tigers on the scoreboard.


Virginia threatened in the seventh, as leadoff batter Patrick Wingfield doubled down the left-field line on an 0-2 pitch. He advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Cannon. Pinch-hitter Tim Henry then hit a hard grounder, but it was right at D'Alessio at first base, as Wingfield was forced to hold at third. Greg Miclat drew a walk and then stole second. But Brandon Marsh flied out to center to end the inning.


In the eighth inning, Harbin led off with a bunt single. D'Alessio then lined a ball that appeared to be headed to the left-field gap, but leftfielder Brandon Guyer made a spectacular diving catch. The Cavaliers doubled Harbin off first for the double play. But, Smith hit his seventh homer of the year, a solo shot off a 2-1 pitch to left field, to put the Tigers on top 2-0.


That insurance run proved pivotal, as the Cavaliers threatened to tie the score in the ninth. With one out, Cannon and Tim Henry drew back-to-back walks. Miclat followed with a run-scoring single through the right side that plated Cannon. But Marsh grounded into a game-ending 6-4-3 double play.


D'Alessio and Harbin collected two hits apiece for the Tigers, including D'Alessio's run-scoring single. Miclat led Virginia offensively with an RBI single.


The Cavaliers were just 1-for-14 with runners on base, 1-for-11 with men in scoring position, and 0-for-8 with two outs. Virginia also left 10 runners on base in the game.


Clemson's win snapped Virginia's eight-game winning streak over the Tigers, who had last beaten the Cavaliers in 2004.
Clemson returns to action at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday against Elon. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 PM.


Virginia 1 (34-9,13-7 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Greg Miclat 1b...........  3  0  1  1   2  1  7  0   0
Brandon Marsh rf.........  3  0  0  0   1  1  3  0   4
Sean Doolittle p/dh......  4  0  1  0   0  0  0  1   2
Brandon Guyer lf.........  4  0  0  0   0  0  4  1   1
David Adams 2b...........  2  0  0  0   2  1  3  2   0
Beau Seabury c...........  3  0  0  0   1  0  6  1   1
Patrick Wingfield 3b.....  4  0  1  0   0  2  0  0   2
Tyler Cannon ss..........  2  1  0  0   1  0  0  1   0
Mike Mitchell cf.........  2  0  0  0   0  1  1  0   0
 Tim Henry ph/cf.........  1  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
 Andrew Carraway p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Alex Smith p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Jake Rule p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 28  1  3  1   8  6 24  6  10

Clemson 2 (26-13,11-7 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Brad Chalk cf............  2  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   2
 Wilson Boyd lf..........  1  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   0
D.J. Mitchell lf/cf......  4  1  1  0   0  2  3  0   1
Taylor Harbin ss.........  4  0  2  0   0  0  1  2   1
Andy D'Alessio 1b........  4  0  2  1   0  0  8  1   0
Marquez Smith 3b.........  4  1  1  1   0  0  1  1   2
Doug Hogan c.............  2  0  1  0   2  0  6  1   0
Ben Paulsen dh...........  4  0  0  0   0  2  0  0   2
Alex Burg rf.............  2  0  1  0   0  1  2  0   0
 Alex Lee pr/rf..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
J.D. Burgess 2b..........  1  0  0  0   1  1  2  3   0
Ryan Hinson p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Alan Farina p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 28  2  8  2   3  6 27  9   8

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Virginia............ 000 000 001 -  1  3  1
Clemson............. 100 000 01X -  2  8  3
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E - MICLAT(8); HARBIN 2(10); HOGAN(3). DP - Virginia 1; 
Clemson 1. LOB - Virginia 10; Clemson 8. 2B - WINGFIELD(9). 
HR - SMITH(7). SH - CANNON(4); BOYD(2); BURG(2); BURGESS(7). 
SB - MICLAT(32); MARSH(12); MITCHELL(18);
HOGAN 2(5). CS - ADAMS(3); CANNON(3). Reached on CI - MARSH.

Virginia               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Sean Doolittle......  6.0  5  1  1  2  6 21 25
Andrew Carraway.....  1.0  2  0  0  0  0  4  5
Alex Smith..........  0.2  0  0  0  0  0  1  1
Jake Rule...........  0.1  1  1  1  1  0  2  3

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Ryan Hinson.........  6.1  1  0  0  5  5 19 26
Alan Farina.........  2.2  2  1  1  3  1  9 12

Win - HINSON (4-1).  Loss - DOOLITTLE (6-3).  
Save - FARINA (1). WP - HINSON(4). CI - HOGAN.
Umpires - HP: Randy Dulin  1B: Frank Sylvester  
3B: Bryant Woodall
Start: 1:03   Time: 2:46   Attendance: 4720
CARRAWAY faced 1 batter in the 8th.

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