No. 14 Clemson Holds Off Maryland, 8-6


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COLLEGE PARK, Md.- The Maryland baseball team scored four times in the
ninth inning but it was not quite enough as No. 14 Clemson defeated the
Terps, 8-6, Friday afternoon at Shipley Field.


The Tigers improved to 12-5 overall and 1-0 in the ACC while Maryland
dropped to 5-10 on the year and 0-1 in the conference.


In the first ACC game of the season for both schools, it was Clemson
that got on the scoreboard first with one run in the top of the first
inning. Jeff Baker drove in Casey Stone to put the Tigers ahead 1-0 with
a RBI single to center field.


The Tigers added three more runs in the second. Clemson had three hits
in the inning, including a RBI single off the bat of Chad Coder. Baker
had the other big blow in the second with a two-out, two-run, single to
center, to give Clemson a 4-0 advantage.


Another run in the fourth made it 5-0 Clemson before the Terrapins
started to fight back. Kevin McDonald (Rockaway, N.J.) blasted a homerun
to center, to lead off the Maryland fourth, to close the Tiger lead to
5-1. The homer was the fifth this season for McDonald, which leads the
team.


McDonald kept his hot bat going in the sixth as he led off the inning
with a double down the left field line. Later in the inning, Sean Lomas
(Brewster, N.Y.) singled to center, scoring McDonald, to close the gap
to 5-2.


The Tigers scored three more times in the seventh to break the game
open. A pitch to start the seventh hit Khalil Greene and Baker brought
him home with a double down the left field line to score Clemson’s first
run of the inning. Baker had a fine day at the plate, finishing 3-for-5
with four RBIs. Steve Pyzik singled to right field later in the inning,
scoring two, to put the Tigers ahead 8-2.


The Terrapins would not go down without a fight, scoring four times in
the ninth inning. Clemson reliever B.J. LaMura walked the first two
batters in the inning and then gave up a towering double off the bat of
Chuck Easter (Baltimore, Md.), to cut the deficit to 8-3. McDonald then
came to the plate and knocked in his second run of the game, scoring
Brian Patenaude (Marietta, Ga.) on a RBI groundout, to make the score
8-4. John McCurdy (Crofton, Md.) reached on a throwing error by LaMura
later in the ninth, to score Easter, and bring the Terps to within
three, 8-5. Daryl Whitmer (Waldorf, Md.) followed with a RBI single to
center, scoring McCurdy, to close the lead to 8-6. With the tying run at
the plate, Ray Gemmill (Silver Spring, Md.) flied out to deep center, to
end the Maryland rally.


McDonald finished the afternoon 2-for-5 with two runs, two RBIs and he
extended his career-high hitting streak to 11 games. Easter also
finished with two hits, going 2-for-4 with a run and a RBI for the
Terrapins.


Clemson starter Steve Reba (4-0) was strong, pitching 5.1 innings and
allowing just two runs on five hits to pick up his fourth win of the
season. Maryland starting pitcher, Jared Stuart (Corning, N.Y.), worked
6.2 innings, yielding eight runs on nine hits to fall to 1-2.


The two teams will play the second game of the three-game set tomorrow
at 1:00 p.m. at Shipley Field.


Clemson University 8 (12-5,1-0 ACC)

Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A
Chad Coder cf.............  5  2  2  1    0  1  3  0
Casey Stone lf............  5  1  3  1    0  0  2  0
Khalil Greene ss..........  4  1  1  0    0  0  0  2
Jeff Baker 3b.............  5  0  3  4    0  0  0  5
Kyle Frank rf.............  4  0  0  0    0  2  2  0
Jarrod Schmidt dh.........  4  1  0  0    0  1  0  0
Michael Johnson 1b........  4  1  1  0    1  0 12  0
Ryan Riley 2b.............  3  1  1  0    2  0  5  2
Steve Pyzik c.............  5  1  2  2    0  0  2  0
 Seth Miller c............. 0  0  0  0    0  0  1  0
Steve Reba p..............  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
 Thomas Boozer p........... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
 B.J. LaMura p............. 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
Totals.................... 39  8 13  8    3  4 27  9

Maryland 6 (5-10,0-1 ACC)

Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A
Matt Swope cf.............  3  1  1  0    2  1  0  0
Brian Patenaude lf........  2  1  1  0    1  0  3  0
Chuck Easter rf/1b........  4  1  2  1    1  0  6  1
Kevin McDonald c..........  5  2  2  1    0  0  5  0
Steve Oursler 3b..........  5  0  0  0    0  2  0  3
Sean Lomas ss.............  4  0  1  1    0  0  3  4
 John McCurdy ss........... 1  1  0  0    0  0  1  0
Anthony Buffone 1b........  2  0  0  0    0  0  6  0
 Daryl Whitmer ph/rf....... 2  0  1  1    1  0  0  0
Ray Gemmill dh............  5  0  1  0    0  0  0  0
Jeremy Suarez 2b..........  4  0  1  0    0  0  2  1
Jared Stuart p............  0  0  0  0    0  0  1  2
 Matt Basinger p........... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
Totals.................... 37  6 10  4    5  3 27 11

Score by innings:                      R  H  E
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Clemson University    130 100 300   -  8 13  1
Maryland              000 101 004   -  6 10  1
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E - LAMURA(2), Lomas(4).
DP - Clemson 1, Maryland 1. LOB - Clemson 10, Maryland 11.
2B - STONE(5), BAKER(5), JOHNSON(2), Easter(6), McDonald(2), 
Suarez(1). 3B - CODER(1).
HR - McDonald(5).
SB - Patenaude(4).
SH - FRANK(1).

Clemson University     IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB BF
Steve Reba..........  5.1   5   2   2   1   2  21 24
Thomas Boozer.......  2.2   3   0   0   2   0  10 12
B.J. LaMura.........  1.0   2   4   2   2   1   6  8

Maryland               IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB BF
Jared Stuart........  6.2   9   8   6   2   2  29 34
Matt Basinger.......  2.1   4   0   0   1   2  10 11

Win - REBA 4-0.  Loss - Stuart 1-2.  Save - None.
HBP - by Stuart (SCHMIDT), by REBA (Patenaude), by REBA (Patenaude), by Stuart (GREENE).
Umpires - Home:Bryant Woodall  1st:Henry Stancil  3rd:Reid Churchill
Start: 3:02 PM   Time: 2:59   Attendance: 159

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