March 14, 2001
CLEMSON, S.C. – After scoring nine runs Tuesday night in a loss to Georgia Southern, 10th-ranked Clemson rebounded on Wednesday to claim a 9-3 win over the Eagles at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Casey Stone was four for five at the plate, knocking in two runs and scoring once himself. Chad Coder and Kyle Frank each had two hits apiece in four at bats. Coder hit his fourth home run of the season to lead Clemson off in the first inning. Clemson scored again in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead when Stone knocked in catcher Steve Pyzik who had reached on a walk.
Back-to-back singles by Matt Hammond and Brendan Gilligan led to two Georgia Southern runs in the top of the fifth to tie the game 2-2. Chad Hall grounded out to second base to score Hammond who had earlier advance to third on a wild pitch while J.R. Revere singled to score Gilligan, who had also moved to third on a second wild pitch by Clemson starter Jarrod Schmidt.
Clemson took the lead in the bottom half of the inning. Stone reached on his third straight single of the game and was plated by Khalil Greene’s shot off the wall in left-center field that earned the junior his second triple of the year. Baker grounded out to the short stop to score Greene and give the Tigers a 4-2 lead.
The Tigers added a run in the sixth and Georgia Southern scored in the eighth before Clemson added another four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Kyle Frank led of the inning with a double and Zane Green, who had doubled in his last at bat, was intentionally walked. Pyzik laid down a bunt and the squeeze was on to score both Frank and Johnson. Coder singled to score Green and Stone doubled to plate Coder and give Clemson a 9-3 advantage and the final score of the game.
Schmidt evened his record to 2-2 on the year. He pitched five innings for Clemson, allowing just three hits and two runs, both earned. He struck out six of the 20 batters he faced before B.J. LaMura came on for two innings of relief. Both Patrick Hogan and Anthony Urrico pitched an inning apiece to lock up the victory. Eagles’ starter Daniel Wheeler was pegged with the loss and fell to 1-2 while Georgia Southern slipped to 12-6 on the year.
Clemson, now 11-5 on the year, leaves Thursday for its longest road trip of the year. Beginning Friday, the Tigers will play eight games in 10 days, including three games each at Maryland and Wake Forest that sandwich a two-game series at Old Dominion Tuesday and Wednesday.
Clemson and Maryland will play at 3:00 PM on Friday and 1:00 PM both Saturday and Sunday. There is no radio during the series with the Terrapins. The next Clemson home game will be Tuesday, March 27 vs. Wofford at 7:15 PM.
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