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Clemson Defeats UNC-Asheville, 14-6

April 15, 1998

CLEMSON, S.C.–Brian Ellis was 4-4 at the plate with four RBIs and the Adams twins, Brian and Darren, handled most of the pitching chores, leading Clemson to a 14-6 victory over UNC-Asheville Wednesday night at Tiger Field. Clemson improved to 35-7 overall and the Bulldogs fell to 14-20.

Clemson was 20-40 at the plate as a team, a .500 team batting average. It was just a few percentage points off the Clemson single game record of .518 against Auburn in 1982.

Ellis was 4-4 at the plate and also was outstanding in the field. His single in the second started the Tigers four-run second inning. Clemson was never headed after the second inning. In fact, Clemson scored in each of the last seven innings.

Jason Harris, starting first baseman for the Tigers, was 4-6 at the plate with two RBIs, a double and a stolen base. Clemson’s top two players in the order had three hits apiece. Henri Stanley had two singles and a home run. The homer in the seventh was to centerfield and it was his third of the season. Patrick Boyd had a 3-4 night with a pair of doubles.

Matt Padgett was 2-6 at the plate and Justin Singleton 2-4, giving Clemson six players with multi-hit games.

UNC-Asheville was led offensively by Ty Wigginton. The starting shortstop, who was the national player of the week by Collegiate Baseball last week, was 3-4 with three RBIs. Billy Hillier, who started and took the loss (4-7), was 2-4, while Eddie Woods was 2-5 with a pair of RBIs.

Brian Adams was the starter and winner for Clemson. He improved to 5-0 by allowing just six hits and four runs in six innings. His twin brother Darren Adams allowed two runs in 1.2 innings of relief. It was the first time all year the twins had pitched in the same game.

Clemson will play host to NC State this weekend. Friday’s game starts at 7:15 PM.

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