May 10, 1999
CLEMSON, SC – Clemson third baseman Khalil Greene went 3-for-4 including a two-run double and a two-run home run to lead the Tigers past North Carolina 5-4 in ACC baseball action on Tuesday night at Tiger Field.
Clemson improves to 33-19 and 12-7 in the ACC, while North Carolina falls to 38-12 and 11-9 in the conference.
Greene has gone 3-for-4 with a home run in each the first two games of the North Carolina series. The freshman has nine RBIs combined in the two games. Prior to Sunday’s home run, Greene had not recorded a round tripper since March 13th.
Clemson starter Ryan Mottl (3-5) earned his first win in almost two months. Mottl’s last win came against George Mason on March 12th. Clemson reliever Chris Heck earned his second save of the season. North Carolina starter Kyle Snyder (7-3) tied a career high with 11 strikeouts, but took the loss for the Tar Heels.
North Carolina’s Dan Moylan led off the game with a double and scored on a single by Chris LaMarsh to give the Tar Heels an early 1-0 advantage.
North Carolina pushed the lead to 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning when Tyrell Godwin scored on a bases loaded walk given up by Mottl to Ryan Blake.
Clemson answered in the bottom of the fourth when Kurt Bultmann drew a one out walk and Jason Harris followed with a single to give the Tigers runners on first and second. With two outs, Greene delivered a double that scored both Bultmann and Harris to knot the score at two.
In the fifth, North Carolina’s Jarrett Shearin tripled with one out and scored on a single by Godwin to give the Heels a 3-2 lead.
Henri Stanley led off the Clemson sixth with a single and Greene immediately followed with a two run home run to left field. The key run of the game came later in the inning as Casey Stone struck out, but reached first on a wild pitch. After stealing second base, Stone scored on a two out single by Brian Ellis to give Clemson a 5-3 lead.
Godwin led off the eighth inning with a home run to left field off Clemson reliever Doug Roper, but 5-4 was as close as the Tar Heels would get.
Heck entered the game in the ninth and allowed one hit and a walk, but forced LaMarsh to line out and Shearin to fly out to earn the save.
The victory was Clemson’s sixth straight win in games decided by one run.
Clemson will play its final home game of the regular season when the Tar Heels and Tigers meet in the final game of the three game series on Tuesday beginning at 7:15 p.m. at Tiger Field.
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