Leone Pitches gem in #23 Clemson’s Win Over #9 Georgia Tech


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Sophomore righthander Dominic LeoneDominic Leone
RH Pitcher
#6 5-11, 185
Norwich, CT

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tossed 8.0 innings of two-hit ball and Brad MillerBrad Miller
Infielder
#13 6-1, 185
Windermere, FL

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went 4-for-4 to lead #23 Clemson to a 4-2 victory over #9 Georgia Tech in front of 4,706 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday night. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 series lead, improved to 28-14 overall and 17-5 in the ACC. The Yellow Jackets dropped to 30-13 overall and 17-5 in ACC play.


After Kyle Wren reached on an error to lead off the game, Leone retired the next 13 batters. The Tigers scored single runs in the first and second inning before the Yellow Jackets tied the score on Zane Evans' two-run homer in the fifth inning. But Jason StolzJason Stolz
Infielder
#2 6-2, 200
Marietta, GA

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's sacrifice fly in the sixth inning gave the Tigers the lead for good and Stolz's run-scoring, squeeze bunt in the eighth inning gave Clemson a two-run cushion. Leone and Scott WeismannScott Weismann
RH Pitcher
#33 6-0, 190
Boxborough, MA

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combined to face the minimum 12 batters in the final four innings to close out the game.


Leone (3-1) earned the win by pitching 8.0 strong innings. He allowed just two hits, two runs, and two walks with a career-high-tying 10 strikeouts. Weismann retired all three batters he faced in the ninth inning to record his third save of the season. The two righthanders combined to allow just two hits, one of which was an infield chopper over the mound, against Georgia Tech, who entered the game leading the ACC with a .316 batting average. They also combined to face five batters over the minimum.


Mark Pope (9-2), the first of four Yellow Jacket pitchers, suffered the loss after scattering 10 hits, three runs, and two walks with five strikeouts in 6.0 innings pitched.


The Tigers grabbed the game's first lead in the first inning. Phil PohlPhil Pohl
Catcher
#9 5-11, 210
Cooperstown, NY

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hit a one-out double to left-center and scored on Miller's single to right field on a 1-2 pitch.


In the second inning, Will LambWill Lamb
Outfielder
#30 6-6, 175
Seaford, VA

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led off with a single through the right side to extend his hitting streak to 17 games and advanced to second on Spencer KieboomSpencer Kieboom
Catcher
#22 6-0, 210
Marietta, GA

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's groundout. Two batters later, Stolz bounced a two-out single through the left side to score Lamb.


In the fifth inning, Sam Dove drew a one-out walk and Evans followed with a two-run homer to left-center, his third long ball of the season. It was also the first hit of the game for the Yellow Jackets. The runs ended Leone's scoreless innings pitched streak at 14.0.


The Tigers regained the lead in the sixth inning. Lamb led off with a flyball that fell for a double in shallow left field. After Kieboom popped up for out #1, Lamb stole third and Chris EppsChris Epps
Outfielder
#26 6-1, 195
Stone Mountain, GA

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walked. Stolz followed with a sacrifice fly to right field to plate Lamb.


In the eighth inning, Lamb led off with a walk and Kieboom laid down a two-strike bunt back to the mound. Dusty Isaacs' throw, which would have been in time to retire Lamb at second base, was errant and Lamb advanced to third base on the error. Two batters later, Stolz laid down a safety-squeeze bunt to score Lamb.


Miller went 4-for-4 with a double and RBI to lead Clemson's 11-hit attack. In the last two games, Miller is 7-for-7 with two walks, as has reached base via a hit or walk in all nine of his plate appearances.


Stolz, a native of Marietta, GA, went 1-for-2 with a game-high three RBIs. Lamb went 2-for-3 with a double, game-high three runs, and a steal.


Evans and Wren had one hit apiece for the Yellow Jackets.


Clemson and Georgia Tech will play game-two of the three-game series on Saturday at 1:00 PM. The game will be televised live by Regional Sports Network. The Thomas F. Chapman Grandstands in left field will be dedicated prior to the game. Fans are encouraged to arrive early and sit in the Thomas F. Chapman Grandstands and receive a free T-shirt as we thank Mr. Chapman for his donation to Clemson Baseball.


Georgia Tech 2 (30-13,17-5 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Kyle Wren cf.............  4  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
Jacob Esch ss............  4  0  0  0   0  2  3  0   2
Matt Skole 3b............  3  0  0  0   0  2  1  1   0
Jake Davies 1b...........  4  0  0  0   0  1  6  0   1
Daniel Palka dh..........  4  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Sam Dove lf..............  2  1  0  0   1  0  3  1   0
Zane Evans c.............  3  1  1  2   0  1  8  1   0
Mott Hyde 2b.............  3  0  0  0   0  3  2  5   0
Brandon Thomas rf........  2  0  0  0   1  2  1  0   0
Mark Pope p..............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
 Dusty Isaacs p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Taylor Wood p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Clay Dalton p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 29  2  2  2   2 11 24 10   3

Clemson 4 (28-14,12-10 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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John HinsonJohn Hinson
Infielder
#4 6-1, 180
Asheville, NC
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Phil Pohl dh.............  5  1  2  0   0  1  0  0   2
Brad Miller ss...........  4  0  4  1   0  0  2  3   0
Richie ShafferRichie Shaffer
Infielder
#8 6-3, 205
Charlotte, NC
View Full Profile 1b........  3  0  0  0   1  1  5  1   0
Jeff SchausJeff Schaus
Outfielder
#3 6-1, 205
Naples, FL
View Full Profile lf...........  4  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   3
Will Lamb cf.............  3  3  2  0   1  1  4  0   2
Spencer Kieboom c........  4  0  1  0   0  0 12  0   0
Chris Epps rf............  3  0  0  0   1  3  1  0   0
Jason Stolz 2b...........  2  0  1  3   0  1  0  1   0
Dominic Leone p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Scott Weismann p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 32  4 11  4   4  7 27  5  10

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Georgia Tech........ 000 020 000 -  2  2  2
Clemson............. 110 001 01X -  4 11  4
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E - SKOLE(11); ISAACS(1); MILLER 2(8); KIEBOOM(2); STOLZ(10). DP - Georgia
Tech 1; Clemson 1. LOB - Georgia Tech 3; Clemson 10. 2B - POHL(15);
MILLER(8); LAMB(7). HR - EVANS(3). SH - STOLZ(8). SF - STOLZ(2). SB - K.
WREN(13); LAMB(10); EPPS(8). CS - STOLZ(1). Reached on CI - SKOLE.

Georgia Tech           IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Mark Pope...........  6.0 10  3  3  2  5 25 28
Dusty Isaacs........  1.2  1  1  0  1  2  6  8
Taylor Wood.........  0.0  0  0  0  1  0  0  1
Clay Dalton.........  0.1  0  0  0  0  0  1  1

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Dominic Leone.......  8.0  2  2  2  2 10 26 29
Scott Weismann......  1.0  0  0  0  0  1  3  3

Win - LEONE (3-1).  Loss - POPE (9-2).  Save - WEISMANN (3).
CI - KIEBOOM.
Umpires - HP: Bryant Woodall  1B: Jacob Asher  3B: Scott Graham
Start: 6:35 PM   Time: 2:43   Attendance: 4706
WOOD faced 1 batter in the 8th.

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