Tigers Rally to Beat UNLV 10-6
LAS VEGAS, NV - Clemson scored nine runs in the final two innings to overcome a 6-1 deficit and beat UNLV 10-6 on Thursday in front of 398 fans at Wilson Stadium.
The Tigers scored first in the top of the second inning after catcher Seth Miller reached third base on a throwing error by UNLV pitcher Giovanni Pupo. He scored two batters later when Ryan Riley singled to right field. The Rebels answered in the bottom half of the inning.
UNLV scored five runs in the sixth inning to take a commanding 6-1 lead. The Rebels scattered five hits and were aided by a hit batter and a wild pitch. The host held the five-run lead until the eighth inning when the Tiger comeback began.
The inning started with back-to-back singles by Casey Stone and Khalil Greene. Jeff Baker reached on a fielders choice and first base man Jarrod Schmidt popped a sacrifice fly to centerfield to plate Stone. Sophomore transfer Chad Coder belted a two-run homer over the left field fence to score Baker. The home run was his second of the year and pulled Clemson within 6-4.
In the ninth, the first three Clemson batters reached by an error, a walk and a hit batter before Stone knocked in Miller and Zane Green, who was pinch running for Michael Johnson who had earned a free pass with a walk. The game was tied 6-6 when Greene came to the plate and tripled to deep centerfield to score Riley and Stone and give the Tigers an 8-6 advantage with no outs. Clemson added two more runs - a wild pitch scored Greene a double by Kyle Frank scored Schmidt, who earlier in the inning reached on a double.
The Tigers had five extra base hits including three doubles and triple and a home run.
Paul Harrelson picked up the win (1-0) in 2.2 innings of work. He gave up just one hit and struck out one batter. Steven Jackson, the Tiger starter, went 3.1 innings before getting pulled for Nick Glaser and Thomas Boozer. Josh Cram came in for the Tigers in the bottom of the ninth and retired the first three batters. Pupo, the UNLV starter, went into the ninth inning before getting pulled. He was tabbed with the loss to fall to 1-1.
Clemson (3-1) will play Oregon State at 2:00 PM on Friday and will then square off again versus UNLV at 6:00 PM. Schmidt will get the start vs. Oregon State and Ryan Childs will pitch against the Rebels.