Tigers Take First Two Games From Tar Heels


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CHAPEL HILL - Matt Henrie turned in the longest outing of his career to lead Clemson to a 4-2 victory over North Carolina Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 3,015 at Boshamer Stadium. Clemson took the second straight game from North Carolina, who entered the weekend second place in the ACC, and improved to 7-0 against ranked teams. The Tigers improved to 30-3 and 7-1 in the ACC while dropping the Tar Heels to 24-13 and 9-5 in the ACC.


Henrie (7-1) was masterful, allowing just five hits after the first inning. He ended the day having pitched 8.1 innings, allowing two runs off seven hits while walking five batters and striking out six. He kept the Tar Heel bats at bay while the Clemson offense put up four runs in the sixth for all the runs it would need. Garry Bakker (4-2) picked up the loss for North Carolina.


The Tar Heels took a 1-0 lead in the first inning with a two-out rally. Sean Farrell singled to short left field and Chris Maples' hit to right field landed just in front of a diving Jarrod Schmidt and trickled past the outfielder, allowing Farrell to score.


The Clemson offense awoke in the sixth inning with some help from North Carolina. Kyle Frank walked to lead off and Khalil Greene followed with a single to left field to put runners on first and second with no outs. After a Jeff Baker strikeout, Michael Johnson drew a walk to load the bases. Schmidt walked on four straight pitches and David Slevin followed with a line drive that first baseman Ryan Blake barely got a glove on to prevent an extra base hit. Slevin's hit put the Tigers ahead 2-1 with the bases loaded and still one out.


After a fielder's choice, Steve Pyzik walked for another score and chased Bakker from the game. Reliever Whitley Benson entered the game and his second delivery to L.J. DeMaino was wild, allowing Slevin to score. DeMaino popped up to end the inning, but not after Clemson put up four runs.


North Carolina put together one last charge in the ninth. A hit by Chris Iannetta and a walk by Mell Adams knocked Henrie out of the game with one out. Reliever Tyler Lumsden hit the first batter he faced to load the bases and then walked Russ Adams to plate one run. Head Coach Jack Leggett went to the bullpen again and put another freshman, Jeff Hourigan, on the mound. Hourigan ended the rally with his third pitch, a ground ball to Baker that turned into a 5-3 double play to end the game. It was the second save of Hourigan's career.


Greene led the offense and was the only Tiger with two hits on the day.


Clemson will go for the sweep Sunday against North Carolina at 1:00 PM.

Clemson                     AB  R  H BI       
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L.J. DeMaino lf............  5  0  1  0       
Kyle Frank cf..............  4  1  1  0       
Khalil Greene dh...........  5  1  2  0       
Jeff Baker 3b..............  3  0  0  0       
Michael Johnson 1b.........  3  0  1  0       
Jarrod Schmidt rf..........  3  1  0  1       
David Slevin 2b............  3  1  1  1       
Russell Triplett ss........  4  0  0  0       
Steve Pyzik c..............  3  0  1  1       
Matt Henrie p..............  0  0  0  0       
 Tyler Lumsden p...........  0  0  0  0       
 Jeff Hourigan p...........  0  0  0  0       
                                         
                                              
Totals..................... 33  4  7  3       

North Carolina              AB  R  H BI
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Adam Greenberg cf..........  2  0  0  0
Russ Adams ss..............  3  0  0  1
Sean Farrell lf............  5  1  1  0
Chris Maples 3b............  4  0  2  1
Jeremy Cleveland dh........  4  0  0  0
Ryan Blake 1b..............  3  0  1  0
Chad Prosser 2b............  4  0  0  0
Chris Iannetta c...........  3  0  2  0
 Chase Younts pr...........  0  1  0  0
Mell Adams rf..............  2  0  1  0
 Greg Mangum ph............  0  0  0  0
Garry Bakker p.............  0  0  0  0
 Whitley Benson p..........  0  0  0  0
 Scott Manshack p..........  0  0  0  0
Totals..................... 30  2  7  2

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Clemson............. 000 004 000 -  4  7  1
North Carolina...... 100 000 001 -  2  7  1
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E - TRIPLETT; Prosser, C.(3). DP - CU 2. 
LOB - CU 10; UNC 10. 2B - Maples, C.(13).
HBP - Greenberg, A. SH - Greenberg, A(4);
Adams, M.(1). SB - BAKER. CS - BAKER;
JOHNSON.

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO      
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Matt Henrie ........  8.1  7  2  2  5  6      
Tyler Lumsden ......  0.0  0  0  0  1  0      
Jeff Hourigan ......  0.2  0  0  0  0  0      

North Carolina         IP  H  R ER BB SO
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Garry Bakker .......  5.2  6  4  4  5  2
Whitley Benson .....  1.1  1  0  0  1  0
Scott Manshack .....  2.0  0  0  0  2  0

Win - HENRIE (7-1).  Loss - Bakker, G. (4-2).
Save - HOURIGAN (2). WP - Benson, W. 2(3). 
HB - LUMSDEN.

Strikeouts - BAKER; TRIPLETT; Cleveland, J 2; 
Blake, R. 2; Prosser, C.; Iannetta,C.. 
Walks - FRANK; BAKER 2; JOHNSON 2; SCHMIDT; 
SLEVIN; PYZIK; Greenberg, A; Adams,
R. 2; Blake, R.; Iannetta, C.; Mangum, G..

Umpires - Home:Rick Darby  1st:George Frazee  
3rd:Tony Maners
Start: 3:03 pm   Time: 2:30   Attendance: 3015

GAME 1: (Friday)


CHAPEL HILL - David Slevin's double to center triggered a four-run 10th inning that gave top-ranked Clemson an 11-7 win over 13th-ranked North Carolina before 2,105 fans at Boshamer Stadium Friday night. Every Tiger starter had a hit as Clemson improved to 29-3 overall and 6-1 in the ACC. North Carolina fell to 24-12 overall and 9-4 in the ACC. Clemson defeated South Carolina 11-10 in 10 innings on March 3 and is now 2-0 in extra inning games.


Collin Mahoney walked with one out and was replaced by pinch runner Chad Coder. The move paid off as Coder scored on Slevin's double to center. Kyle Frank followed with a double to right field and after an intentional walk to Khalil Greene that loaded the bases, Jeff Baker was hit by a pitch to score one run. Michael Johnson walked on four pitches to score another run. Jarrod Schmidt's sacrifice fly capped the scoring and gave the Tigers a four-run advantage.


Steven Jackson (4-1) pitched 2.1 scoreless innings to earn the win. Jackson was one of five Tiger pitchers used in the game. Michael Gross (3-2) got the loss for North Carolina.


Clemson jumped out in front with two runs in the third inning. Mahoney led off the frame with a towering home run that just cleared the 400 sign in center field. It was the sixth homer run of the year for the catcher, who homered in his last at bat against Georgia on Wednesday. Frank and Greene singled later in the inning and Johnson came through with a two-out single to center that scored Frank.


North Carolina made it a 2-1 game in the bottom of the inning with Sean Farrell's solo home run to left field. The Tar Heels added two more runs in the fourth thanks to five singles. Jeremy Cleveland led off with a single and was followed two batters later by Chad Prosser's base hit. Cleveland scored on a groundout and Prosser scored on a single by Mell Adams to give North Carolina its first lead. The Heels tacked on another run on Adam Greenberg's RBI-single for a 4-2 lead. Farrell's single appeared to give North Carolina another run but left fielder Jeff Hourigan gunned down Greenberg at the plate to end the inning.


Clemson clawed back to take the lead in the top of the fifth. Singles by Greene and Baker scored one run and Schmidt's two-out bloop single scored another to knot the game at four. With Hourigan at the plate, Head Coach Jack Leggett called for a double steal that was executed perfectly. Schmidt ran halfway to second and stopped while Johnson broke for the plate. Second baseman Prosser's throw was not in time and Clemson ended the inning with a 5-4 lead.


The Tigers extended the lead to 7-4 in the seventh. Singles by Greene and Johnson sandwiched a walk by Baker to load the bases with none out in the seventh. Schmidt struck out but Hourigan followed with an infield single to plate one run. Russell Triplett fouled off four pitches to stay alive and walked to score another run before Mahoney grounded into a double play to end the inning.


North Carolina would not go away and earned one run back in the bottom of the seventh. Cleveland singled in a run that put runners on first and third and knocked Clemson reliever Jeff Hahn out of the game, but closer Paul Harrelson induced a 4-6-3 double play to get out of the jam. The Tar Heel attack continued in the eighth. Prosser led off with a double and scored on Mell Adams' sacrafice fly. Reliever Thomas Boozer then took the mound and got Greenberg to pop out but yielded a two-out single to Russ Adams that tied the game.


Greene and Johnson each had three hits to lead the offense.


The teams will square off for game two on Saturday. First pitch, originally scheduled for 2:00 PM, will be at 3:00 PM.

Clemson 11 (29-3,6-1)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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David Slevin 2b..........  6  1  2  1   0  1  2  4   0
Kyle Frank cf............  5  3  2  0   1  0  1  0   1
Khalil Greene dh.........  5  3  3  0   1  0  0  0   0
Jeff Baker 3b............  4  1  1  2   1  3  1  1   1
Michael Johnson 1b.......  4  1  3  2   2  0  8  0   0
Jarrod Schmidt rf........  5  0  1  2   0  3  5  0   2
Jeff Hourigan lf.........  6  0  1  1   0  0  3  1   4
Russell Triplett ss......  4  0  1  1   1  0  2  4   1
Collin Mahoney c.........  4  1  1  1   1  0  7  1   2
 Chad Coder pr...........  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Steve Pyzik c...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Steve Reba p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Jeff Hahn p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Paul Harrelson p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Thomas Boozer p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Steven Jackson p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 43 11 15 10   7  7 30 12  11

North Carolina 7 (24-12,9-4)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Adam Greenberg cf........  6  0  2  1   0  0  3  0   1
Russ Adams ss/3b.........  3  0  2  1   2  1  2  3   0
Sean Farrell lf..........  5  2  3  1   0  0  2  0   1
Chris Maples 3b/1b.......  5  0  1  0   0  2  5  1   0
Jeremy Cleveland dh......  5  1  2  1   0  0  0  0   2
Ryan Blake 1b............  3  0  0  0   0  1  5  1   0
 Greg Mangum ph/2b.......  2  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   1
Chad Prosser 2b/ss.......  5  2  2  0   0  0  3  5   1
Chris Iannetta c.........  4  0  1  1   0  2  5  0   0
 Chase Younts pr.........  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Ron Braun c.............  1  0  0  0   0  1  2  0   0
Mell Adams rf............  3  1  1  2   1  0  3  0   1
Scott Autrey p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Kevin Brower p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Michael Gross p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Carter Harrell p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 42  7 14  7   3  7 30 12   9

Score by Innings                      R  H  E
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Clemson............. 002 030 200 4 - 11 15  2
North Carolina...... 001 300 120 0 -  7 14  0
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E - SLEVIN; BAKER. DP - CU 1; UNC 1. LOB - CU 11; 
UNC 9. 2B - SLEVIN; FRANK; Prosser, C.(8). HR - MAHONEY; 
Farrell, S.(9). HBP - BAKER. SF - SCHMIDT; Adams, M.(1). 
SB - JOHNSON; SCHMIDT; Adams, R.(38); Prosser, C.(6); Younts,
C.(2); Adams, M.(3). CS - Greenberg, A(3).

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Steve Reba..........  3.2  7  4  4  2  3 18 20
Jeff Hahn...........  2.2  4  1  1  0  2 12 12
Paul Harrelson......  1.0  2  2  2  0  0  3  4
Thomas Boozer.......  0.1  1  0  0  0  0  2  2
Steven Jackson......  2.1  0  0  0  1  2  7  8

North Carolina         IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Scott Autrey........  6.0  9  5  5  2  4 27 29
Kevin Brower........  0.1  3  2  2  2  1  4  6
Michael Gross.......  3.0  3  4  4  2  2 11 13
Carter Harrell......  0.2  0  0  0  1  0  1  4

Win - JACKSON (4-1).  Loss - Gross, M. (3-2).  Save - None.
WP - REBA; HAHN; Gross, M.(4). HB - Harrell, C..
Umpires - Home:Tony Maners  1st:Rick Darby  3rd:George Frazee
Start: 7:01 pm   Time: 3:40   Attendance: 2105

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