Tigers Win Season Opener Over Auburn, 7-4


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CLEMSON, SC - The third-ranked Clemson baseball team opened the 2002
season with a 7-4 win over Auburn on Friday afternoon at Doug
Kingsmore Stadium. Steve Reba (1-0) earned the win while Paul
Harrelson picked up his first career save. Levale Speigner (2-1)
picked up his first loss of the season for Auburn, which dropped to
7-2.


The home-opening win was the seventh in nine tries for Clemson under
Head Coach Jack Leggett. Clemson is now 5-0 alltime in home openers
against Auburn.


The fireworks began early for Clemson with three first-inning runs.
After Kyle Frank singled and moved to second on an error, Khalil
Greene singled through the right side to score Frank. Baker came to
the plate and then crushed the ball to deep center, nearly clearing
the 40-foot wall, to give the Tigers an early 3-0 advantage.


Auburn responded with two runs in a two-out, third inning rally. It
loaded the bases with a single by Bobby Huddleston sandwiched between
walks by Trent Pratt and Mike Mueller. Scott Schade singled home a
run and Matt Grooms walked before Reba got out of the jam.


Baker extended the Clemson lead to 4-2 when his shot to center just
cleared the fence and the glove of a leaping Josh Todd. The home run
was the 36th of Baker's career, moving him to sixth on the Clemson
all-time list. It was also the eighth time in his career that Baker
homered twice in a game, a school record.


The Tigers of Auburn would not quit, however, and scored runs in the
fourth and sixth innings to knot the game at four. Clemson regained
the lead in the bottom of the sixth thanks to two sacrifice bunts.
Singles by Johnson and Jarrod Schmidt were followed by David Slevin's
sacrifice to give the Tigers runners at first and third with one out.
Leggett then called for a squeeze play which Russell Triplett
executed perfectly to score Johnson.


After another RBI-single by Greene in the seventh, Johnson scored
again when he roped a line drive down the right field line that made
the final margin 7-4. Greene, Baker and Johnson, the 3-4-5 hitters in
the Clemson batting order, combined to bat 7-12 with six RBIs on the
day. B.J. LaMura pitched two solid innings of relief before giving
way to Harrelson, who struck out two of the three batters he faced in
the ninth.


Game two will begin at 2:00 PM on Saturday. Matt Henrie (0-0) is
slated to take the mound for Clemson and Colby Paxton (2-0) is
scheduled to pitch for Auburn.


BOX SCORE

Auburn 4 (7-2)

Player		AB	R	H	RBI	BB	SO	PO	A	LOB
Moran cf	5	1	1	0	0	1	1	0	0
Hulett 2b	4	0	1	1	1	1	2	2	0
Pratt, T. c	4	1	0	0	1	1	1	2	0
Huddleston dh	4	1	2	0	0	0	0	0	0
Mueller lf	3	0	1	0	1	1	0	0	2
 Gamble lf	0	0	0	0	0	0	1	0	0
Schade 1b	4	0	2	1	0	0	12	0	0
Grooms rf	2	0	0	1	1	1	2	0	1
 Vines rf	0	0	0	0	1	0	0	0	0
Todd 3b	2	1	1	0	1	1	1	6	3
Jeroloman ss	3	0	1	0	0	0	2	2	2
Speigner, L. p	0	0	0	0	0	0	2	2	0
 Dueitt p	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	2	0
Totals......	31	4	9	3	6	6	24	16	8

Clemson 7 (1-0)

Player			AB	R	H	RBI	BB	SO	PO	A	LOB
L.J. DeMaino lf		3	0	1	0	0	0	1	0	0
Kyle Frank cf		4	1	1	0	0	0	2	0	2
Khalil Greene ss	4	1	2	2	0	0	3	5	0
Jeff Baker 3b		4	2	2	3	0	0	1	3	2
Michael Johnson 1b	4	2	3	1	0	0	9	0	0
Jarrod Schmidt rf	4	0	1	0	0	1	1	0	0
David Slevin 2b		3	0	1	0	0	0	4	4	0
Russell Triplett dh	3	0	1	1	0	0	0	0	0
Steve Pyzik c		3	1	1	0	0	0	6	2	0
Steve Reba p		0	0	0	0	0	0	0	2	0
 B.J. LaMura p		0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
 Paul Harrelson p	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
Totals......		32	7	13	7	0	1	27	16	4

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Auburn.............. 002 101 000 -  4  9  2
Clemson............. 301 001 11X -  7 13  2
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E - Hulett(1); Todd(3); SLEVIN(1); REBA(1). DP - Auburn 1; Clemson 2. LOB -
Auburn 8; Clemson 4. 2B - Todd(2). HR - BAKER 2(2); JOHNSON(1). SH -
Todd(2); Jeroloman(3); DEMAINO(1); SLEVIN(1); TRIPLETT(1). SB - GREENE(1).
CS - Moran(2); Hulett(1); JOHNSON(1).

Auburn		IP	H	R	ER	BB	SO	AB	BF
Speigner, L.	6.2	11	6	6	0	1	27	30
Dueitt		1.1	2	1	1	0	0	5	5

Clemson		IP	H	R	ER	BB	SO	AB	BF
Steve Reba	6.0	9	4	3	4	3	23	29
B.J. LaMura	2.0	0	0	0	2	1	5	7
Paul Harrelson	1.0	0	0	0	0	2	3	3

Win - REBA (1-0).  Loss - Speigner, L. (2-1).  Save - HARRELSON (1).
Umpires - Home:David Savage  1st:Paul Nauert  3rd:Tony Thompson
Start: 3:10   Time: 2:23   Attendance: 3052

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