May 12, 2001
Clemson, SC- Steve Reba allowed just one earned run in seven innings and Khalil Greene had four hits and four runs batted in, leading 13th ranked Clemson to an 8-1 college baseball victory over Virginia at Kingsmore Stadium in the first game of a Saturday afternoon doubleheader.
Clemson improved to 35-18 overall and 15-7 in the ACC with the win, while Virginia fell to 24-27 overall, 9-13 in the ACC. Clemson has now won 30 of the last 31 games against the Cavaliers in contests played at Kingsmore Stadium. Clemson improved to 20-7 under Jack Leggett against the Cavaliers.
Reba improved to 10-3 with the victory, becoming the first ACC pitcher to reach the 10-win mark this year. He allowed just six hits in seven innings, struck out seven and did not walk a batter. He entered the game leading all ACC pitchers in opponent batting average with a .190 figure. That figure improved with his performance on Saturday and he dropped his ERA to 2.22 for the season.
“I didn’t walk anyone, that is the statistic that stands out to me,” said Reba, a junior right hander from Fort Wayne, IN. “My fastball was sharp and I got my breaking ball over the plate. That led to short counts and a lot of ground ball outs. We had good balance between pitching and hitting all day. Khalil Greene was outstanding at the plate and gave me an early lead.”
Greene had four hits, including hits ninth home run of the season as he boosted his batting average over .300 for the season. The Clemson shortstorp also had three singles. Leadoff hitter Ryan Riley had three hits and an RBI, while number-nine hitter, Kyle Frank, had two hits and drove in a run.
Virginia was led at the plate by David Stone and Hunter Wyant, who had two hits apiece. Brandon Creswell was the Virginia starter and loser, as he fell to 7-3 for the season. the Virginia ace allowed five earned runs and 10 hits in his five innings of work.
Clemson took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. With one out, Steve Pyzik recorded consecutive singles to right field. Kyle Frank then singled to center to load the bases. Riley attempted a squeeze bunt, but it was perfectly placed and he reached first base with an RBI single.
Clemson added a second run in the third on a home run by Greene over the left field fence. Virginia made the count 2-1 with a run in the top of the fourth, the Cavs only score of the game. With two out, Wyant reached on an infield single. Jon Benick then followed with an RBI double.
Clemson put the game out of reach with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Greene had a two-run single to highlight the inning. Clemson added two more in the sixth on three hits, including an RBI single by Seth Miller and an RBI double by Frank.
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