Stone and Boyd Lead Tigers Over UVA 9-5 in First Round of ACC Tourney


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Fort Mill, SC -- The Clemson Tigers successfully opened their post-season campaign Wednesday night, out muscling Virginia 9-5 in first round ACC Tournament action in Fort Mill, S.C.


Casey Stone went 3-5 and scored three runs and Patrick Boyd was 3-4 with three RBI’s to pace the Tigers (43-13) in a 23-hit slugfest. Clemson starter Scott Berney (9-4) scattered eight hits over 7 1/3 innings to earn the win while Virginia’s Kevin Shrout was roughed up for nine hits and seven runs
in 4 2/3 innings in picking up the loss.


The Cavaliers drew first blood in the top of the 1st when Clemson Berney walked Jon Benick with two outs. Virginia clean-up man Louis Giraldo stepped up to the plate and hammered a fastball over the left-field fence, plating Benick and giving the Cavaliers a quick 2-0 cushion.


Clemson countered in the bottom of the 3rd when Casey Stone ripped a double to right field with two outs. After Virginia starter Kevin Shrout walked Patrick Boyd, Tiger third baseman Khalil Greene tripled to the gap in right field, scoring Stone and Boyd and evening the score at 2-2. Freshman Jeff Baker drove in Greene with a single up the middle and the Tigers led 3-2.


The Tigers struck again in bottom of the fifth when Justin Singleton led off with a single to center. Stone followed up with another double, sending Singleton to third. Boyd then singled to center and Singleton and Stone scored. After Greene and Baker were retired, Henri Stanley walked and Virginia pulled Shrout. Ryan Riley then singled off new Cavalier pitcher Chris Marinak and Boyd rounded home. A wild throw by Virginia centerfielder Michael Floyd allowed Stanley to score and the Tigers had a comfortable 7-2 lead.


Virginia answered with two quick singles and Tiger shortstop Jeff Baker’s throwing error to start the sixth inning, scoring two runs on a RBI groundout by DH Hunter Wyant and Mark Rueffert’s sacrifice fly to center.


Clemson struck back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth when Boyd drove in Mike Calitri with single to right. Greene followed up with a single to left, driving in Casey Stone and giving the Tigers a 9-5 advantage.


“When we answered with two in the bottom of the sixth and I think that was the big, big two runs of the game,” said Clemson Head Coach Jack Leggett.


The Tigers next face the winner of the Florida State- NC State game tomorrow night at 8:30.


BOX SCORE

 Virginia vs Clemson
                                          May 17, 2000 at Fort Mill, SC (Knights Stadium)

Virginia 5 (24-30-1)                                                Clemson 9 (43-14)

Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A LOB   Avg      Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A LOB   Avg
--------------------------------------------------------------      --------------------------------------------------------------
LaVigne, Tim ss...........  5  0  1  0    0  0  3  2   0            Stone, Casey lf...........  5  3  3  0    0  0  1  0   0      
Marvin, Robbie 2b.........  5  0  2  0    0  0  0  4   2            Boyd, Patrick cf..........  4  2  3  3    1  0  3  0   0      
Benick, Jon 1b............  4  3  2  0    1  0  7  0   3            Greene, Khalil 3b.........  5  1  2  3    0  0  1  5   1      
Giraldo, Luis 3b..........  4  2  2  2    0  1  1  3   0            Baker, Jeff ss............  4  0  1  1    0  0  0  2   3      
Himes, Ben rf.............  4  0  1  0    0  0  1  1   0             LeCroy, Bradley ss........ 0  0  0  0    0  0  1  2   0      
Wyant, Hunter dh/p........  4  0  1  2    0  0  0  0   0            Stanley, Henri dh.........  2  1  1  0    1  0  0  0   0      
Rueffert, Mark c..........  3  0  0  1    0  0  7  1   0             Schmidt, Jarrod ph/dh..... 1  0  0  0    0  1  0  0   0      
Stone, David lf...........  4  0  1  0    0  1  1  0   1            Riley, Ryan 2b............  4  0  1  1    0  0  2  1   0      
Floyd, Michael cf.........  4  0  0  0    0  1  4  1   0            Ellis, Brian c............  2  0  0  0    2  1  3  1   0      
Shrout, Kevin p...........  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  1   0            Calitri, Mike 1b..........  3  1  1  0    1  2 13  0   1      
 Marinak, Chris p.......... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0            Singleton, Justin rf......  3  1  1  0    0  1  3  0   0      
 Metzger, Jon p............ 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0            Berney, Scott p...........  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  2   0      
                                                                     Lynn, Kevin p............. 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0      

Totals.................... 37  5 10  5    1  3 24 13   7            Totals.................... 33  9 13  8    5  5 27 13   6 

Score by innings:                      R  H  E
----------------------------------------------
Virginia              200 002 010   -  5 10  1
Clemson               003 042 00    -  9 13  2
----------------------------------------------

E - FLOYD(4), BAKER 2(19). 
DP - Virginia 1. LOB - Virginia 7, Clemson 6. 
2B - MARVIN(5), STONE 2(11), BOYD(15). 3B - GREENE(3), STANLEY(3). 
HR - GIRALDO(7). 
SB - MARVIN(14). 
SH - SINGLETON(4). SF - RUEFFERT(6). 

Virginia               IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB BF   ERA  NP      Clemson                IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB BF   ERA  NP
--------------------------------------------------------------      --------------------------------------------------------------
Shrout, Kevin.......  4.2   8   7   6   3   2  20 23         -      Berney, Scott.......  7.1   8   5   4   1   1  31 33         -
Marinak, Chris......  0.2   2   2   2   1   0   2  4         -      Lynn, Kevin.........  1.2   2   0   0   0   2   6  6         -
Metzger, Jon........  2.1   3   0   0   1   3  10 11         -       
Wyant, Hunter.......  0.1   0   0   0   0   0   1  1         -       

Win - BERNEY 9-4.  Loss - SHROUT 4-4.  Save - LYNN (1).
Umpires - Home:Mike Kiernan  1st:Bruce Ravan  2nd:Randy Dulin  3rd:Bryant Woodall  
Start: 5:48   Time: 2:24   Attendance: 

Game Notes:
Khalil Greene extended his hitting streak to 15 games.    

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