March 25, 1998
CLEMSON, S.C. – Brian Adams pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings and Matt Padgett had three hits to lead Clemson to a 5-0 college baseball victory over The Citadel at Tiger Field on Wednesday night. The victory brought the fourth-ranked Tigers to 25-3. The Citadel, who has a 7-0 record in the Southern Conference, fell to 13-13.
Adams allowed just five hits, struck out six and walked two. It was his third straight win in three appearances and he has gone at least seven innings in each outing. Overall he raised his record to 4-0 and lowered his ERA under 2.0.
Scott Clackum finished the last 1 1/3 for the Tigers and helped register just the second shutout of the season for Clemson. The only other shutout of an opponent took place on Feb. 27th against UnC-Wilmington.
Padgett led the Clemson hitters with two singles and a double, he drove in one run and scored two. He had hits in his first three at bats, giving him seven straight hits over two games. He had singles in his last four at bats in the win over Maryland on Sunday. The Citadel and pitcher Kevin Durham finally ended the streak when he induce Padgett to ground out to third in the seventh.
Clemson took a 1-0 lead in the second. Padgett started the inning with a single. After a walk to Brian Ellis by Citadel starter and loser Brian Rogers (2-3), Peter Nystom singled to load the bases. Padgett scored with Justin Singleton walked with the bases loaded.
Clemson made it 3-0 in the fourth. Padgett again started the uprising with a hit, this time a double to center. He scored on a triple in the same area by Nystrom. Nystrom then scored on a ground out by Singleton.
The Tigers added a fourth run in the fifth on a double by Jason Harris, the ACC’s top hitter, and a run-scoring single to center by Padgett. Clemson scored an insurance run in the eighth without the benefit of a base hit.
Clemson will be back in the ACC this weekend when the Tigers play host to Wake Forest. Friday’s contest begins at 7:15 PM at Tiger Field.
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