Notes on Baker's Game-Winning Ninth-Inning Home Run


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CLEMSON -- Clemson junior third baseman Jeff Baker socked a walk-off
ninth-inning home run to defeat Winthrop on April 3 at Kingsmore
Stadium. It was the first ninth-inning, game ending home run for
the Tigers since May 6, 1997 when Eric DeMoura hit a three-run homer
in the bottom of the ninth to defeat North Carolina, 5-4.


Baker's home run was the fourth walk-off home run for the
Tigers under Jack Leggett (since 1994) and the 17th game-ending hit
since Leggett has been head coach. Sixteen of the 17 game-ending
hits took place at Kingsmore Stadium. The only exception was a game
ending single by Kurt Bultmann against NC State in the 1999 ACC
Tournament in Durham.


Baker has had many clutch hits in his three-year career, but
the home run against Winthrop was his first walk-off hit. Four
different active Tigers now have game-ending hits in their careers.
Khalil Greene has two, one against Coastal Carolina in 2001 and one
against South Carolina earlier this year. Zane Green and Steve Pyzik
are also current players in the walk-off hit club.


Baker's home run in the ninth to beat Winthrop was also his
third home run of the game. Baker became the 10th Clemson player in
history to hit three home runs in a game, the first since April 11,
1993 when Shane Monahan hit three home runs at NC State. It was the
first time any Clemson player had ever hit three home runs in a game
at Kingsmore Stadium. The last time a Clemson player hit three home
runs in a game on the Clemson campus was on April 14, 1964 when Jack
McCall hit three against Georgia Tech.

Walk-off Game-Winning Hits under Jack Leggett

Date	CU-Op	Opponent	Hit	Player      	RBI
3-5-94	10-8	NC State	1B	Gary Burnham	1
4-8-94	10-8	NC State	HR	Seth Brizek	2
4-10-94	5-4	Wake Forest	1B	Mike Eydenberg	1
3-31-95	3-2	North Carolina	1B	David Miller	1
3-2-96	8-7	C Carolina	HR	Doug Livingston	3
5-6-97	5-4	North Carolina	HR	Eric DeMoura	3
4-17-98	11-10	NC State	1B	Kurt Bultmann	1
4-21-99	5-4	South Carolina	1B	Brian Ellis	2
5-1-99	5-4	Virginia	1B	Patrick Boyd	1
5-19-99	7-6	*NC State	1B	Kurt Bultmann	1
4-15-00	6-5	Wake Forest	2B	Brian Ellis	1
5-7-00	5-4	Florida State	1B	Casey Stone	1
4-11-01	8-7	C Carolina	1B	Khalil Greene	1
4-28-01	10-9	North Carolina	1B	Steve Pyzik	1
5-13-01	5-4	Virginia	1B	Zane Green	1
3-3-02	11-10	South Carolina	2B	Khalil Greene	1
4-3-02	6-4	Winthrop	HR	Jeff Baker	2
*At ACC Tournament in Durham, NC    

Three Home Run Games by Clemson Players
Date	Player  	Site	Opponent
5-1-50	Ray Mathews	H	Furman
4-22-53	Bill Barnett	H	Furman
4-14-64	Jack McCall	H	Georgia Tech
4-19-75	Denny Walling	A	Wake Forest
4-7-79	Neil Simons	A	NC State
4-6-83	Bob Paulling	A	Georgia
3-31-87	Steve Baucom	A	Charlotte
5-5-87	Chuck Baldwin	A	Maryland
4-11-93	Shane Monahan	A	NC State
4-3-02	Jeff Baker	H	Winthrop

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