Tigers Take Two Over Terps
CLEMSON, SC -- Jeff Baker had five hits and five RBIs in #4 Clemson's two-game sweep of Maryland Saturday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers won by scores of 9-3 and 11-2. The wins completed a three-game series sweep of the Terrapins. There will be no game played at Clemson on Sunday. Two games were played on Saturday due to the threat of inclement weather on Sunday. Clemson's next game is against UNC Charlotte on Wednesday at 7:15 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Clemson improved to 19-3 overall and 3-0 in ACC play, while Maryland fell to 5-14 overall and 0-3 in the ACC.
In game one, Mike Calitri went 3-for-4 with five RBIs to lead the Tigers over Maryland 9-3. Calitri hit a bases loaded double in the second inning, bringing home three runs. Calitri later had a two-run single in the eighth inning. Baker also had two hits and two runs scored along with an RBI. All nine Tigers had at least one hit.
Maryland got on the board in the fourth inning when Craig Munroe doubled, driving home Chuck Easter. Munroe was 2-for-4 in the game and 6-for-12 with three doubles in the series.
Maryland cut the Tiger lead to 5-3 in the eighth inning. Brian Patenaude's single to left and an Henrí Stanley error on the same play allowed two runners to score. But Justin Lombardi, making only his second appearance of the season, closed the door, getting Jason Mohap to pop up to end the inning. Lombardi pitched the ninth as well to earn his first save as a Tiger.
Clemson put the game on ice in the eighth inning with four runs. Khalil Greene's two-run, opposite-field homer along with Calitri's two-run single provided for the final margin of victory.
Jarrod Schmidt (2-0) allowed six hits, two earned runs, and one walk in 7.0 innings to earn the win. Terrapin starter Mark Martin (1-2) suffered the loss.
In game two, a six-run fifth inning blew the game open in Clemson's 11-2 win. Baker went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBIs. The Terrapins had 12 hits, but left 13 runners on base.
Ryan Mottl started and went the first 4.1 innings, allowing one run and no walks before leaving the game. Patenaude grounded a ball sharply off Mottl, forcing him to leave prematurely. Kevin Lynn (1-0) replaced Mottl and earned his first win as a Tiger. Maryland starter Joe Hart (1-3) suffered the loss. Only four of the 11 runs allowed by Maryland pitchers were earned.