Feb. 28, 1998
CLEMSON, SC — Thirteenth-ranked Clemson defeated UNC Wilmington 19-6 behind 15 hits and a 12-run third inning. The 12 run total was the second highest third inning total in Clemson history (most since 1954). The 12 runs also tied for the third most runs in any inning and was the most since Clemson scored 12 times in an inning against Marshall in 1987. The win gave the Tigers its eighth consecutive victory.
Sophomore starter Skip Browning (2-0), picked up the win, despite giving up nine hits and six runs in five innings. Matt Additon, Adam Spires, Brian Adams, and Scott Clackum pitched an inning apiece to close out the game. Starter Anthony Kozol (0-1) suffered the loss. Seahawk pitchers walked 10 Tigers and hit two more to go along with 15 hits allowed.
UNC Wilmington (4-6) got on the board in the first on an RBI fielder’s choice by Benji McIntosh.
Clemson (11-1) responded in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Jason Harris.
The Tigers broke the game wide open in the third with 12 runs on six hits and two Seahawk errors. Twelve runners reached base safely before UNC Wilmington recorded an out. Every starter scored at least one run in the inning. The Seahawks aided the Tigers in the inning with five walks and two hit-batsmen.
UNC Wilmington responded with four runs on the board in the fourth. Terry Williams drove home the first run on a single, scoring McIntosh. Daniel Marsh then hit his first home run of the season, a three-run shot, to cut the Tiger lead to 13-5.
But Clemson scored one run in the fourth, two in the fifth, and three in the sixth, highlighted by Jason Harris’ RBI double in the fifth inning.
The Tigers were led at the plate by Harris, who was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Patrick Boyd was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and four runs. Henri Stanley, Matt Padgett, and Kurt Bultmann also added two hits apiece in the game. Bultmann’s two hits were his fifth and sixth doubles of the season. The Tigers also went without an error for the first time this season.
The Seahawks were led by Williams, who was 3-for-5 with an RBI. Marsh was 2-for-3, including his three-run shot. Ken Ickes and Mike Foucht also added two hits apiece.
Clemson will play host to UNC Wilmington in the series finale Sunday at 2:00.
UNC Wilmington 1 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 - 6 11 4Clemson 1 0 (12) 1 2 3 0 0 - 19 15 0Win - Browning (2-0) Loss - Kozol (0-1)2B - Hairr (7), Ickes (5), Hyde (2), Bultmann 2 (6), Harris (2)3B - Singleton (2)HR - Marsh (1)Start: 2:02 PM Time: 2:56Attendance: 2,137
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