April 20, 2001
CLEMSON – Pitcher Steve Reba gave a masterful performance as Clemson grabbed a 3-0 win on Friday in the first of three games against Georgia Tech this weekend. The Tigers improved to 27-14 after their first shutout in ACC play since a 9-0 win over N.C. State last season. Georgia Tech dropped to 30-11.
Reba struck out seven in Clemson’s first complete game shutout in ACC play since Ken Vining’s 2-0 win over Florida State on May 6, 1996. Friday’s effort came against the seventh-ranked Yellow Jackets, who entered the game with a .352 team batting average.
The right hander (8-1) started strong in front of the 2,616 fans in attendance at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. He kept the Tech hitters off-balanced and gave up only an infield single in the first five innings while the Tiger offense went to work.
Clemson opened the scoring in the second inning when Khalil Greene doubled, advanced to third on a fielder’s choice and scored on Ryan Riley’s groundout. The Tigers took a 2-0 advantage in the third inning after Michael Johnson’s single off of Tech starter Steve Kelly (6-3) scored Casey Stone. Stone singled home Riley in the fourth inning for a 3-0 lead.
Reba continued to dominate and even helped himself when he snatched a sharply hit ball to end the sixth inning. He allowed only one runner to reach second base the entire game. Reba improved his league-best win total to eight and lowered his ERA to 1.88, tops in the ACC.
Stone led the Tiger offense by going 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Greene finished 2 for 4 with a run scored. Chad Coder stole two bases and is now perfect on 14 stolen base attempts this season.
The teams will play at 7:00 PM on Saturday and 2:00 PM on Sunday. Saturday’s game will be televised by CSSE and both games can be heard on the Clemson Tiger Network.
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