Tigers Split Doubleheader with Eagles


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Senior third-baseman Marquez Smith hit a grand slam in the seventh inning to highlight #17 Clemson's 7-6 come-from-behind victory over Boston College in the second game of a doubleheader in front of 5,533 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday. With the win, Clemson won the series 2-1. The Tigers also improved to 31-16 overall and 15-9 in the ACC. The Eagles fell to 21-25 overall, 12-15 in ACC play.


The Tigers were led offensively by Smith, who went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, grand slam, double, and a career-high six RBIs. Addison Johnson collected two hits as well.


Jared McGuire went 3-for-4 for the Eagles with two RBIs and two runs scored. McGuire also was also 8-for-11 (.727) with two homers and four RBIs in the three games after entering the series with a season batting average of .241. Tony Sanchez and Joseph Ayers each had two hits and one RBI apiece.


Sophomore reliever Matt Vaughn (4-0) quieted the Eagle bats, surrendering only two hits over 4.2 innings while walking two and striking out four to earn the win. Terry Doyle (3-4) took the loss for Boston College after allowing seven runs over 8.0 innings. Doyle gave up eight hits while walking five and striking out four in the complete game.


The Tigers broke through with three runs in the third to grab the lead. Leadoff batter Alex Lee doubled to left-center, advanced to third on a groundout by Johnson, and scored on a wild pitch. With two outs, Wilson Boyd singled to right. Smith then sent a towering two-run homer to center to put the Tigers ahead 3-0.



The Eagles quickly responded to tie the score in the fourth. With one out, McGuire singled down the right-field line and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Eric Campbell then drew a walk and McGuire went to third on a wild pitch. Michael Belfiore then scored McGuire on a sacrifice fly to right. Sanchez followed with a double to left-center to score Campbell. Joseph Ayers then drove home Sanchez with a single up the middle.


Boston College added three more runs in the fifth. Peter Frates reached first on a fielding error by shortstop Taylor Harbin to lead off the frame and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Hutchinson. Johnny Ayers then singled to center, scoring Frates. McGuire followed with his fifth long ball of the season, a two-run homer to left-center, to put the Eagles ahead 6-3.


In the seventh inning, after the first two batters were retired, J.D. Burgess drew a walk. Johnson followed with a single to center and Boyd walked to load the bases. Smith then crushed a grand slam to center to put the Tigers on top 7-6. It was Smith's second long ball of the game and 10th of the year.


Clemson will play Wofford at West End Field in Greenville, SC on Tuesday at 7:15 PM.


Boston College 6 (21-25-1,12-15 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Ryan Hutchinson ss.......  4  0  0  0   0  0  2  2   1
Johnny Ayers rf..........  5  1  1  1   0  0  1  0   0
Jared McGuire lf.........  4  2  3  2   0  0  2  0   0
Eric Campbell 3b.........  2  1  1  0   2  0  1  2   1
Michael Belfiore 1b......  2  0  0  1   1  1  6  3   0
Tony Sanchez c...........  4  1  2  1   0  0  5  2   1
Joseph Ayers 2b..........  2  0  2  1   1  0  1  1   0
Brandon Ziemann dh.......  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   1
 Mike Augustine ph/dh....  2  0  0  0   0  2  0  0   1
Peter Frates cf..........  4  1  0  0   0  1  4  0   0
Terry Doyle p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   0
Totals................... 30  6  9  6   4  5 24 10   5

Clemson 7 (31-16,15-9 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Addison Johnson cf.......  4  1  2  0   1  0  0  0   2
Wilson Boyd rf...........  3  2  1  0   1  1  4  0   1
Marquez Smith 3b.........  4  2  3  6   0  0  0  4   0
Andy D'Alessio 1b........  3  0  0  0   1  1 10  2   1
Taylor Harbin ss.........  4  0  0  0   0  1  3  4   1
Doug Hogan c.............  4  0  1  0   0  0  5  3   1
Ben Paulsen dh...........  3  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Alex Lee lf..............  3  1  1  0   1  0  1  0   0
J.D. Burgess 2b..........  3  1  0  0   1  1  3  3   0
Ryan Hinson p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
 Matt Vaughn p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Totals................... 31  7  8  6   5  4 27 18   6

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Boston College...... 000 330 000 -  6  9  1
Clemson............. 003 000 40X -  7  8  2
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E - CAMPBELL(14); HARBIN 2(12). DP - Clemson 2. LOB - 
Boston Coll. 5;Clemson 6. 2B - McGUIRE(10); SANCHEZ(15); 
JOHNSON(5); SMITH(9); LEE(1). HR - McGUIRE(5); SMITH 2(10). 
HBP - JOS. AYERS. SH - HUTCHINSON(6); ZIEMANN(1);
PAULSEN(2). SF - BELFIORE(1). SB - JOHNSON(6). 
CS - SANCHEZ(2); JOS. AYERS(5); HOGAN(4).

Boston College         IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Terry Doyle.........  8.0  8  7  7  5  4 31 37

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Ryan Hinson.........  4.1  7  6  5  2  1 16 22
Matt Vaughn.........  4.2  2  0  0  2  4 14 16

Win - VAUGHN (4-0).  Loss - DOYLE (3-4).  Save - None.
WP - DOYLE 3(8); HINSON 2(6). HBP - by HINSON (JOS. AYERS).
Umpires - HP: Phelps Prescott  1B: Dennis McComb  
3B: Harry Greer
Start: 5:59   Time: 2:28   Attendance: 5533


Game 1:
Clemson, SC -


Boston College scored three runs in the ninth inning to defeat #17 Clemson 8-6 in the first game of a doubleheader at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday. The Eagles improved to 21-24-1 overall and 12-14 in the ACC, while the Tigers fell to 30-16 overall, 14-9 in ACC play. It was also Clemson's first loss in 26 games this season when leading at the end of the eighth inning. The Eagles evened the series 1-1 as well.


Reliever Ted Ratliff (6-2) picked up the win despite allowing two runs and three hits in 1.2 innings pitched. Starter Nate Jeanes pitched 7.1 effective innings, allowing six hits, four runs (three earned), and one walk with three strikeouts. Tiger reliever Alan Farina (3-2) suffered the loss, as he allowed three runs on four hits in 0.2 innings pitched.


The Eagles jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Michael Belfiore hit a one-out single up the middle and went to second with two outs on a delayed steal. Michael Campbell then lofted a single to left to score Belfiore.


The Tigers evened the score in the bottom of the first. Leadoff batter D.J. Mitchell reached on a fielding error by second-baseman Joseph Ayers and went to second when the ball bounded into centerfield. Wilson Boyd's lineout to center advanced Mitchell to third and Marquez Smith followed with a walk. With an 0-2 count on Andy D'Alessio, he grounded out to shortstop, as Mitchell scored. Smith was running on the pitch, allowing the Tigers to stay out of the double play.




Boston College regained the lead with a run in the third inning thanks to two more two-out hits. Belfiore led off with a walk, but was erased when Johnny Ayers reached on a fielder's choice. Two batters later, Mike Augustine hit a two-out single to left-center, and Tony Sanchez followed with a single to right-center to plate Ayers.


Smith tied the score in the bottom of the third with two outs when he lined a 3-2 pitch over the fence in left field for a solo home run, his eighth of the season.


Boston College took a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning. Campbell laced a two-out double to right field and scored on Augustine's single through the right side.


Taylor Harbin tied the score in the sixth inning when he hit a two-out, solo homer to left-center.


Boston College's two-out success continued in the eighth inning and allowed it to take the lead. Joseph Ayers hit a one-out single through the left side and stole second. Jared McGuire followed with a walk and Peter Frates popped up for out #2. But Ryan Hutchinson lined a 2-2 pitch past D'Alessio at first to plate Ayers. McGuire then scored on a wild pitch when Farina's 1-2 pitch to Belfiore went to the backstop.


Clemson took a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the eighth thanks to some clutch hitting of its own. Boyd lined a one-out single to left-center, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Smith's single to left field. Smith advanced to second on the play when McGuire booted the ball. After D'Alessio struck out for out #2, Harbin hit a two-run, opposite-field homer to right-center to put the Tigers ahead. It was his second long ball of the game and fifth of the season.


In the top of the ninth inning, Johnny Ayers led off with a single through the left side. Campbell then hit a slow roller to second, but David Bunnell was covering second base on Ayers' attempted steal. Bunnell could not get to the ball in time, as Campbell reached first on the infield single. Pinch-hitter Robert Anston struck out looking for out #1 after he failed twice to bunt the runners over. Sanchez then lined a single to left, as Ayers stopped at third. But Addison Johnson booted the ball, allowing Ayers to score the tying run. Joseph Ayers was then hit by a pitch to load the bases, and McGuire hit a 3-2 pitch up the middle for a single to bring in the go-ahead run in Campbell. Frates then lined a sacrifice fly to left to score Sanchez, giving Boston College an 8-6 lead.


Johnson hit a one-out, infield single in the bottom of the ninth to bring the potential tying run to the plate, but Ratliff retired the next two Tigers to end the game.


Boston College had 17 hits, 16 of which were singles. Every Eagle starter had at least one hit, including three hits apiece by Campbell and McGuire. The Eagles were also 9-for-18 with two outs in the game.


Harbin totaled three RBIs on his two home runs, while Smith added two hits and two RBIs for the Tigers.


Clemson and Boston College will conclude the three-game series on Sunday at 6:00 PM.

Boston College 8 (21-24-1,12-14 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Ryan Hutchinson ss.......  6  0  2  1   0  1  2  2   4
Michael Belfiore 1b......  4  1  2  0   1  0  8  1   3
Johnny Ayers rf..........  5  2  1  0   0  1  3  0   0
Eric Campbell 3b.........  5  2  3  1   0  1  1  2   0
Mike Augustine dh........  4  0  2  1   0  2  0  0   1
 Robert Anston ph/dh.....  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Tony Sanchez c...........  5  1  2  1   0  0  5  0   1
Joseph Ayers 2b..........  4  1  1  0   0  2  1  1   2
Jared McGuire lf.........  4  1  3  1   1  1  3  0   0
Peter Frates cf..........  4  0  1  1   0  0  4  0   0
Nate Jeanes p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  3   0
 Ted Ratliff p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 42  8 17  6   2  9 27  9  11

Clemson 6 (30-16,14-9 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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D.J. Mitchell cf.........  4  1  0  0   0  0  2  0   1
Wilson Boyd rf...........  4  1  1  0   0  0  2  0   1
Marquez Smith 3b.........  3  2  2  2   1  0  0  2   0
Andy D'Alessio 1b........  4  0  0  1   0  1  8  2   0
Taylor Harbin ss.........  4  2  2  3   0  0  3  3   1
Doug Hogan c.............  4  0  2  0   0  0  8  1   0
Buddy Munroe dh..........  3  0  0  0   0  2  0  0   0
 Alex Lee ph.............  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Addison Johnson lf.......  4  0  1  0   0  0  2  0   0
David Bunnell 2b.........  3  0  1  0   0  1  2  1   1
 Ben Paulsen ph..........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
David Kopp p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Chris Fidrych p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 P.J. Zocchi p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Alan Farina p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Stephen Clyne p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 35  6  9  6   1  5 27 10   4

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Boston College...... 101 010 023 -  8 17  3
Clemson............. 101 001 030 -  6  9  2
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E - CAMPBELL(13); JOS. AYERS(6); McGUIRE(2); JOHNSON(2); 
BUNNELL(4). DP - Clemson 2. LOB - Boston Coll. 11; 
Clemson 4. 2B - CAMPBELL(19). HR - SMITH(8); HARBIN 2(5). 
HBP - JOS. AYERS. SH - MITCHELL(7). SF - FRATES(2).
SB - BELFIORE(6); JOS. AYERS(10); HOGAN(6). CS - HOGAN(3).

Boston College         IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Nate Jeanes.........  7.1  6  4  3  1  3 27 29
Ted Ratliff.........  1.2  3  2  2  0  2  8  8

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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David Kopp..........  5.1 10  3  3  1  6 25 26
Chris Fidrych.......  0.1  0  0  0  0  0  1  1
P.J. Zocchi.........  2.0  2  2  2  1  2  8  9
Alan Farina.........  0.2  4  3  3  0  1  6  6
Stephen Clyne.......  0.2  1  0  0  0  0  2  4

Win - RATLIFF (6-2).  Loss - FARINA (3-2).  Save - None.
WP - RATLIFF(8); FARINA(5). HBP - by CLYNE (JOS. AYERS).
Umpires - HP: Harry Greer  1B: Phelps Prescott  
3B: Dennis McComb
Start: 2:09   Time: 2:53   Attendance:

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