Tar Heels Knock Tigers Out of ACC Tournament


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Salem, VA - North Carolina scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to eliminate the Tigers from the ACC Tournament on Friday night.

Clemson (36-24) held a 5-4 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, but Clemson reliever Tony Sipp (2-2) hit the first batter and then threw the ball into centerfield on the sacrifice attempt allowing both runners to get on base. Chris Iannetta’s popup down the rightfield line that second baseman Travis Storrer was unable to catch over his shoulder, loaded up the bases. Sipp then walked in the tying run and gave up the winning run on a RBI single by Sammy Hewitt. Michael Gross (4-3) got the win for the Tar Heels (41-18) who will next face an elimination game against Florida State on Saturday. The winner will play Georgia Tech for the championship. In the seventh, The Tigers took a 5-4 lead on Brad McCann's two-run homer. Sipp was picked off second base by Jonathan Hovis just a few pitches earlier to cost the Tigers another run. Iannetta hit a home run to give North Carolina a 4-3 lead in the fifth. Three consecutive doubles and an infield grounder plated the first three runs for the Tar Heels in the fourth. Leou Santangelo's two-run homer gave the Tigers the 2-0 lead in the first.
 Clemson 5 (36-24)
 
 Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
 ------------------------------------------------------
 Sipp, Tony cf/p..........  5  0  1  0   0  1  1  0   1
 Storrer, Travis 2b.......  5  2  3  0   0  0  1  5   0
 McCann, Brad 3b..........  4  2  1  2   0  1  1  1   0
 Santangelo, Lou c........  4  1  3  2   0  0  7  2   1
 Harvey, Kris p/dh........  3  0  1  1   1  0  1  0   1
  Hub, Ryan rf............  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
 D'Alessio, Andy 1b.......  4  0  0  0   0  4  8  0   2
 Colvin, Tyler lf.........  4  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
  Evans, Garrick cf.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Triplett, Russell ss.....  4  0  0  0   0  1  2  3   1
 Green, Zane rf/cf........  3  0  0  0   1  1  1  0   0
  Cribb, Josh p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Totals................... 36  5  9  5   2  8 24 11   6
 
 North Carolina 6 (41-18)
 
 Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
 ------------------------------------------------------
 Greg Mangum ss...........  4  1  1  1   0  0  3  6   0
 Chase Younts cf..........  3  1  0  0   2  0  1  0   2
 Chris Iannetta c.........  5  1  2  1   0  1  7  1   1
 Marshall Hubbard rf......  4  1  2  1   1  1  2  1   0
 Sammy Hewitt 1b..........  5  1  2  2   0  1  8  0   4
 Mike Daniel lf...........  4  1  1  1   0  1  1  0   0
 Ross Cook dh.............  2  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
  Jay Cox ph..............  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
  Matt Ellington ph.......  1  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
  Craig Corrado pr........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Justin Webb 3b...........  4  0  2  0   0  1  0  2   0
 Bryan Steed 2b...........  3  0  1  0   0  1  5  4   1
 Robert Woodard p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
  Jonathan Hovis p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
  Whitley Benson p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
  Michael Gross p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Totals................... 36  6 12  6   3  8 27 16  11
 
 Score by Innings                    R  H  E
 -------------------------------------------
 Clemson............. 201 000 200 -  5  9  2
 North Carolina...... 000 310 002 -  6 12  2
 -------------------------------------------
 
 Note: None out, 3 runners LOB when the game ended.
 
 E - SIPP(4); McCANN(15); Steed, B 2(9). DP - CU 1; 
 NC 1. LOB - CU 6; NC 11. 2B - STORRER(11); SANTANGELO(12); 
 Hubbard, M(20); Hewitt, S(11); Daniel, M(14). 
 HR - McCANN(15); SANTANGELO(16); Iannetta, C(15). 
 HBP - Mangum, G; Steed, B. CS - Webb, J(2).
 
 Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
 --------------------------------------------------
 Harvey, Kris........  4.0  8  4  4  1  2 19 21  74
 Cribb, Josh.........  3.2  2  0  0  1  6 13 14  60
 Sipp, Tony..........  0.1  2  2  1  1  0  4  6  20
 
 North Carolina         IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
 --------------------------------------------------
 Robert Woodard......  4.0  5  3  3  1  5 17 18  65
 Jonathan Hovis......  2.2  4  2  2  1  1 12 13  42
 Whitley Benson......  0.1  0  0  0  0  0  1  1   2
 Michael Gross.......  2.0  0  0  0  0  2  6  6  22
 
 Win - Gross, M (4-3).  Loss - SIPP (2-2).  Save - None.
 HBP - by HARVEY (Steed, B); by SIPP (Mangum, G). 
 Pitches/strikes: HARVEY 74/48; CRIBB 60/36; SIPP 20/11; 
 Woodard, R 65/44; Hovis, J 42/26; Benson, W 2/1; Gross,
 M 22/15.
 Umpires - HP: Scott Erby  1B: Tony Maners  
 2B: Randy Harvey  3B: Mickey Fuqua
 Start: 9:19 pm   Time: 2:39   Attendance: 3298
 HARVEY faced 1 batter in the 5th.
 SIPP faced 5 batters in the 9th.

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