April 24, 1999
CLEMSON, S.C. –The Clemson Tigers scored 16 runs in the fourth inning on the way to a 24-4 win over 19th ranked Georgia Tech in ACC baseball action Friday evening in Clemson.
With the win Clemson improved its record to 25-17 and 6-6 in the ACC. Georgia Tech falls to 29-13, 9-7 in the ACC. Mike Paradis (6-0) picked up the win for the Tigers, while Chuck Crowder (8-3) took the loss for Georgia Tech.
The 16-run inning was the highest scoring fourth inning in Clemson history, breaking the record of 12 versus Davidson on April 2, 1952, and versus Duke on March 31, 1974. The inning was one run shy of tying the NCAA record for runs scored in a fourth inning.
It was the third highest scoring inning in Clemson history. The only higher innings are the 19 scored in the third versus Maryland on March 21, 1998 and the 18 scored in the ninth at NC State on April 7, 1979.
Patrick Boyd led off the inning with a walk and Kurt Bultmann was hit by a Crowder pitch. Following a Jason Harris strike out, the next 15 Clemson batters reached base through a combination of six singles, six walks, two hit batters, and one error. Eight Tigers reached base twice, and seven scored twice in the half inning that spanned 49 minutes.
Georgia Tech opened the game scoring three runs behind doubles by Mark Teixeira and Jason Basil. Matthew Boggs, Teixeira, and Derik Goffena all scored runs for the Yellow Jackets in the inning. Tiger starter Mike Paradis gave up four hits in the inning, but retired 15 of the next 17 batters he faced. In the next five innings, Paradis did not allow a hit, and struck out seven Tech batters before being replaced by Matt Henrie in the 7th.
The Yellow Jackets were in control for the first three innings of the game as Crowder struck out seven Clemson batters during that stretch. Despite giving up the 24 runs, four Tech pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts in the game.
Clemson’s Henr Stanley finished with a game high four RBIs, Derek Borgert scored four runs, and Bradley LeCroy had three hits.
The 24 runs were the most scored by Clemson since May 14, 1991. That day, Clemson defeated Georgia Tech 24-8 in the ACC Tournament Championship game.
Clemson will face Georgia Tech on Saturday in game two of the series beginning at 7 p.m. at Tiger Field.
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