South Alabama Hands Clemson First Loss, 6-4


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CLEMSON -- South Alabama used strong pitching from Sam Smith and Adam Wood to defeat
Clemson 6-4 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday. Clemson (13-1) suffered
its first loss of the season while South Alabama improved its record to 12-8.


Smith (3-0) earned the win by pitching 5 and 2/3 innings and allowing just
three runs, two of which came on solo homers by Khalil Greene. He struck
out five batters and allowed eight hits. Wood pitched 3 and 1/3 solid
relief innings to grab the save. Steven Jackson (2-1) got the loss for Clemson.


South Alabama jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first
inning. Ryan Mulhern hit a towering home run to left field to give the Jags
an early lead, but Greene responded with a solo shot in the bottom of the
inning to bring the Tigers to within one. It was the fourth consecutive
game in which Greene hit a home run. Michael Johnson set the school record
last season by homering in five straight contests.


The Jaguars got to Jackson again in the third when leadoff batter Brett
Parker took Jackson's second offering deep over the fence in left to give
his team a 3-1 advantage. Once again, Greene responded in the bottom of the
frame with a solo home run, his seventh home run of the year, to make the
score 3-2.


South Alabama put up a run in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings off of
Clemson miscues. Josh Touchstone scored in the fourth when a throw by
catcher Collin Mahoney bounced off Touchstone, who was in a rundown between
third base and home plate. T.J. Touchstone scored in the fifth off a wild
pitch by Jackson and again in the seventh on substitute catcher Steve
Pyzik's passed ball.


Pyzik singled in a run in the sixth inning and Clemson threatened in its
final at-bat. Russell Triplett led off the inning with a pinch hit single
but was followed by fly outs from Greene and Jeff Baker. Michael Johnson
hit an RBI-double to right field that brought the tying run to the plate,
but South Alabama's Adam Wood got Jarrod Schmidt to strike out to end the game.


Greene led the Tigers once again by going 3-4 with two home runs and two
RBIs. The senior is 16-22 with five home runs and 13 RBIs in his last five
games. David Slevin and Jeff Hourigan each had two hits for the Tigers.


The rubber game of the series will take place at 1:00 PM tomorrow at Doug
Kingsmore Stadium. Steve Reba (4-0) will take the mound for Clemson while
Clark Girardeau (5-1) is scheduled to start for South Alabama.


The Automated ScoreBook
South Alabama at Clemson
Mar 16, 2002 at Clemson, SC (Doug Kingsmore Stad.)

South Alabama 6 (12-8)

Player              AB  R   H   RBI BB  SO  PO  A   LOB
TOUCHSTONE, T.J. cf 5   2   2   0   0   1   1   0   0
SMALLWOOD, Erik rf  3   1   0   0   2   1   3   0   0
RAYBORN, Jansen 1b  3   0   0   0   0   2   4   0   0
 NELSON, Ben 1b     2   0   0   0   0   0   5   0   0
MULHERN, Ryan lf    5   1   2   2   0   2   1   0   2
STANKY, Kyle dh     3   0   1   0   0   1   0   0   0
 CRAIG, Cole pr/dh  1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1
SCOVILLE, Shane c   4   0   0   0   0   0   8   0   0
TOUCHSTONE, Josh 2b 4   1   1   0   0   1   0   4   0
SYTKO, Kevin 3b     2   0   1   0   2   1   1   1   0
PARKER, Brett ss    4   1   1   1   0   1   4   3   4
SMITH, Sam p        0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0
 WOOD, Adam p       0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Totals......        36  6   8   3   4   10  27  9   7

Clemson 4 (13-1)

Player              AB  R   H   RBI BB  SO  PO  A   LOB
David Slevin 2b     5   0   2   0   0   1   1   6   6
Kyle Frank lf/cf    4   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   2
 R Triplett ph      1   1   1   0   0   0   0   0   0
Khalil Greene ss    4   2   3   2   1   0   1   2   0
Jeff Baker 3b       5   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Michael Johnson 1b  5   0   1   1   0   0   9   1   1
Jarrod Schmidt rf   5   0   1   0   0   2   3   0   2
Jeff Hourigan dh    3   1   2   0   1   0   0   0   0
Chad Coder cf       1   0   0   0   1   1   1   0   0
 Zane Green ph/cf   1   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0
 Seth Miller ph     1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
 L.J. DeMaino lf    0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Collin Mahoney c    2   0   0   0   0   2   4   0   0
 Steve Pyzik c      2   0   1   1   0   0   6   0   0
Steven Jackson p    0   0   0   0   0   0   1   1   0
 B.J. LaMura p      0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Totals......        39  4   11  4   3   7   27  10  11

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
-------------------------------------------
South Alabama....... 201 110 100 -  6  8  2
Clemson............. 101 001 001 -  4 11  2
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E - TOUCHSTONE,J(3); SYTKO, K(3); JOHNSON(3);
MAHONEY(1). LOB - S. Alabama 7; Clemson 11. 2B - 
TOUCHSTONE,T(4); JOHNSON(5); HOURIGAN(3). HR - MULHERN,
R(5); PARKER, B(2); GREENE 2(7). SB - TOUCHSTONE,T(6); 
SMALLWOOD, E(10); CRAIG, C(1); SYTKO, K(4).

South Alabama       IP  H   R   ER  BB  SO  AB  BF  NP
SMITH, Sam          5.2 8   3   3   3   5   25  28  91
WOOD, Adam          3.1 3   1   1   0   2   14  14  34

Clemson             IP  H   R   ER  BB  SO  AB  BF  NP
Steven Jackson      5.0 6   5   4   2   6   21  23  71
B.J. LaMura         4.0 2   1   1   2   4   15  17  64

Win - SMITH, S (3-0).  Loss - JACKSON (2-1).  
Save - WOOD, A (2). WP - JACKSON(6). BK - WOOD, A(1).
PB - PYZIK 2(7).
Umpires - Home:Paul Nauert  1st:Joe Conley
3rd:Billy Pittman
Start: 4:05   Time: 2:39   Attendance: 3129
Game: CU031602
JACKSON faced 1 batter in the 6th.

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