Lumsden, Tigers Blank Gamecocks


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CLEMSON - The last time Clemson saw South Carolina lefty Matt Campbell, he was brilliant in relief against the Tigers in the 2002 College World Series.


Saturday, Campbell had no such luck.


Clemson scored six runs off Campbell, four coming in the first inning, en route to a 8-0 win over the 10th-ranked Gamecocks at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Campbell (1-1), who shutout the Tigers over 5 1/3 innings last June in Omaha, didn't make it out of the fourth inning Saturday.


"It was one of those days where I didn't have my good stuff," Campbell said afterwards.


His problems started almost immediately.


A single, a hit-by-pitch and a walk to the first three Clemson (3-2) hitters loaded the bases with none out in the bottom of the first. Brad McCann's sacrifice fly drove in the first run, and after the remaining runners advanced on a wild pitch, Roberto Valiente lined a single to right to make it 2-0.


When USC (8-2) rightfielder Nick Gardiner misplayed the ball, a third run scored and Valiente advanced all the way to third. He then scored on Russell Triplett's sacrifice fly for a 4-0 Clemson lead.


"That was the difference," USC head coach Ray Tanner said. "Their pitcher came out and got us out easily in the first inning, and Matt couldn't do the same."


The pitcher Tanner referenced was sophomore lefthander Tyler Lumsden.


Where Campbell struggled with his command, Lumsden (2-0) had no such troubles. Spotting his fastball to offset a wicked curve, Lumsden struck out a career-high 11, walked just one and allowed only four hits in 7 1/3 innings.


When he was lifted after his 110th pitch on the chilly, wet, afternoon, Lumsden was given a standing ovation by the 5,089 fans in attendance.


"I thought we played well today in every way," Clemson head coach Jack Leggett said. "It all starts on the mound, and Tyler threw great for us today. He threw strikes, we played good defense behind him, and he got some big strikeouts when he had to.


"I thought he was on his A-game today."


The Gamecocks were able to get a runner to second with less than two outs just three times against Lumsden, and all three times the 6-foot-4 lefty responded by getting big outs.


USC wasted perhaps its best scoring opportunity against Lumsden in the top of the sixth when it put runners on first and second with one out. But Lumsden struck out Trey McDaniel for the second out, which proved to be the front end of an unusual double play. Brian Buscher wandered too far off second base on the pitch and ended up being caught in a rundown for the final out of the inning.


"It feels good to (win) against a team like that," Lumsden said. "We kind of ended on a bad note last year, and to play them right away here at the beginning was good. We wanted to come out here, play our game and get a win."


Clemson finally chased Campbell in the fourth on an RBI groundout from Kyle Frank and a run-scoring single by Ryan Hub.


The 18th-ranked Tigers capped the scoring in the eighth with a pair of runs off USC reliever Steven Bondurant.


The teams meet again today, this time at Sarge Frye Field in Columbia. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

South Carolina 0 (8-2)

Player                  AB  R   H   RBI BB  SO  PO  A   LOB
Melillo, Kevin 2b       3   0   1   0   1   2   2   3   1
Harris, Justin ss       4   0   0   0   0   0   1   3   0
Buscher, Brian 3b       4   0   1   0   0   1   0   1   2
Powell, Landon c        4   0   1   0   0   0   8   1   1
McDaniel, Trey 1b       4   0   0   0   0   4   6   1   1
Gardiner, Nick rf       3   0   0   0   0   1   1   0   0
Campbell, Michael ph    1   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0
Triplett, Bryan lf      2   0   1   0   0   0   2   0   0
Parks, Hank dh          3   0   0   0   0   2   0   0   1
Coutlangus, Jon cf      2   0   0   0   0   1   2   0   0
Tolleson, Steven ph     1   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0
Gregg, Davy cf          0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   0
Campbell, Matt p        0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Bondurant, Steven p     0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   0
Bravo, Rico p           0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Totals......            31  0   4   0   1   13  24  9   6

Clemson 8 (3-2)

Player                  AB  R   H   RBI BB  SO  PO  A   LOB
Evans, Garrick dh       4   1   1   0   0   2   0   0   0
Demmink, Herman ph/dh   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Hub, Ryan rf            3   1   1   1   0   2   1   0   1
Green, Zane ph/rf       1   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0
Johnson, Michael 1b     3   1   0   0   2   0   10  1   4
McCann, Brad 3b         3   0   0   1   0   2   0   3   0
Valiente, Roberto lf    4   1   2   1   0   2   1   0   1
Triplett, Russell ss    2   2   2   1   0   0   1   2   0
Mahoney, Collin c       4   1   1   0   0   1   10  2   1
Pyzik, Steve c          0   0   0   0   0   0   2   0   0
Frank, Kyle cf          2   1   1   2   2   0   1   0   0
Slevin, David 2b        3   0   0   0   1   0   1   4   0
Lumsden, Tyler p        0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Hogan, Patrick p        0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Totals......            30  8   9   6   5   9   27  12  7

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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South Carolina...... 000 000 000 -  0  4  2
Clemson............. 400 200 02X -  8  9  1
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E - BUSCHER(5); GARDINER(2); SLEVIN(1). DP - S. Carolina 2; 
Clemson 1. LOB - S. Carolina 6; Clemson 7. 2B - MELILLO(5); 
VALIENTE(1); TRIPLETT 2(2). HBP - TRIPLETT; HUB; TRIPLETT. 
SF - McCANN(2); TRIPLETT(1). SB - TRIPLETT(3). CS -
HARRIS(2).

South Carolina      IP  H   R   ER  BB  SO  AB  BF
Campbell, Matt      3.2 5   6   5   4   4   13  20
Bondurant, Steven   4.0 3   2   1   1   5   14  16
Bravo, Rico         0.1 1   0   0   0   0   3   3

Clemson             IP  H   R   ER  BB  SO  AB  BF
Lumsden, Tyler      7.1 4   0   0   1   11  26  28
Hogan, Patrick      1.2 0   0   0   0   2   5   5

Win - LUMSDEN (2-0).  Loss - MA. CAMPBELL (1-1).  Save - None.
WP - MA. CAMPBELL 2(6); BONDURANT 2(3). HBP - by 
MA. CAMPBELL (HUB); by LUMSDEN (TRIPLETT); by 
BONDURANT (TRIPLETT).
Umpires - HP: John Magnusson  1B: Rick Darby  3B: Jeff Head
Start: 1:01   Time: 2:22   Attendance: 5089


BONUS COVERAGE


CLEMSON, SC - Clemson jumped out to an early first inning lead and never looked back, defeating #6 South Carolina 8-0 on Saturday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Tyler Lumsden, a sophomore lefthander from Roanoke, VA, pitched a solid game for the 18th-ranked Tigers. With the win, Clemson improves to 3-2 while South Carolina falls to 8-2.


Lumsden (2-0), one of only two lefties on the Tiger baseball team, pitched 7.1 shutout innings, while striking out 11 and walking only one. The 11 strikeouts eclipsed his previous career high of nine, which came against N.C. State in last year's ACC Tournament. Lumsden's performance came against a South Carolina team that was batting .336 collectively entering the game.


Clemson got off to a strong start in the first inning. Garrick Evans led off with a single through the left side. Gamecock starter Matt Campbell then hit Ryan Hub with a pitch. Following a wild pitch by Campbell and a walk to Tiger first baseman Michael Johnson, Brad McCann plated Evans with a sacrifice fly to left field.


The scoring continued in the first when Roberto Valiente singled to right field. Gamecock right fielder Nick Gardiner misplayed the ball, and Hub and Johnson were able to score. Russell Triplett capped off the scoring with a sacrifice fly to center field that brought Valiente home to make it 4-0. In five games so far this season, Clemson has outscored its opponents 12-0 in the first inning.


Clemson got on the board again in the fourth inning. Triplett led off the inning with a double to right field. Catcher Collin Mahoney followed that with a single up the middle. Triplett scored to extend the lead on a groundout to first by Kyle Frank. Mahoney later scored on a single by Hub, stretching the Tiger lead to 6-0.


Clemson added two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Triplett led off the inning with his second double of the game, and was brought home by Kyle Frank's single up the middle. Frank later scored on a fielding error by Gamecock third baseman Brian Buscher.


Clemson did most of its damage off of Campbell (1-1), who gave up five earned runs and walked four in 3.2 innings of work.


Russell Triplett led the Tigers offensively with two hits, a sacrifice fly and two runs scored. The West Columbia native entered the game with only one career hit in 14 at-bats against the Gamecocks.


These two teams will meet again Sunday in Columbia. The game will be held at Sarge Frye Field and will begin at 1:30 p.m.

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