March 3, 2000
CLEMSON, S.C. – Behind 8.0 shutout innings by righthander Scott Berney, #8 Clemson downed UNLV 8-0 Friday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Clemson improved to 10-1 while UNLV dropped to 5-14. The win was the eighth in a row for the Tigers and the third shutout of 2000.
Berney (4-0) allowed six hits and two walks while striking out five in 8.0 innings. He has not allowed a run in 30.0 innings pitched this season. Thomas Boozer pitched a perfect ninth to close out the game. Joe Maruffi (2-2) allowed just two earned runs in 6.0 innings, but suffered the loss.
Berney worked out of trouble in the first four innings by stranding a total of seven runners on base in those innings. He allowed six hits in the first four innings, but did not allow a hit in innings five through eight. Clemson jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on a line drive home run to right field by Patrick Boyd. It was Boyd’s first homer of the year. Later in the inning, the Tigers made it 2-0 as Khalil Greene singled and came around to score on a Brian Ellis single.
The Tigers upped their lead to 3-0 in the fifth inning as Casey Stone reached on a single and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Greene.
In the sixth, Stone double to left field and scored on Boyd’s single. Clemson added three runs in the seventh when Henr’ Stanley tripled home Jeff Baker. Stone tripled later in the inning, plating Stanley. Ellis scored as well on a wild pitch. Mike Calitri homered in the eighth to round out the scoring. Clemson, who hit two homers and two triples, entered the game with just two homers and no triples.
Stone led the Tigers with three hits, including a double and triple. Ellis and Boyd also had two hits apiece. UNLV was led by Harold Betts and Adam Manley, who both had two hits.
The two teams will continue their series Saturday at 2:00 PM.
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