March 6, 1998
CLEMSON, SC – Junior Kurt Bultmann hit two home runs, including a grand slam, as 10th-ranked Clemson downed Stetson 22-4 Friday afternoon at Tiger Field. Bultmann finished the day 2-for-2, including three runs, six RBIs, and two walks. The home runs were his fourth and fifth of the season. The 22 runs was also the most scored by the Tigers since they defeated Coastal Carolina 22-11 on March 8, 1997.
Ryan Mottl (4-0) picked up the win, his eighth in a row dating back to last season. Mottl pitched six innings, allowing six hits, four runs, and two walks, while striking out eight. Mike Rhue, Adam Spires, and Darren Adams all added single innings to close the game. Stetson starter Charles Aulet (1-2) suffered the loss.
Stetson (10-8) put two runs on the board in the first on solo homers by Ned French and Sammy Serrano. French led off the game with a home run for the second consecutive game.
Clemson (14-2) responded with five runs in the bottom of the first. With the wind blowing out, Bultmann tied the game with the first of his two home runs. Brian Ellis and Justin Singleton both added RBI singles to put Clemson ahead 5-2.
After two runs in the second and two runs in the fourth, Clemson put 11 runs on the board in the fifth inning. This was the second time in five games that Clemson has scored double-digit runs in an inning and was the second highest run total in a fifth inning in Clemson history. Eight runs scored before Stetson could make an out. The inning was highlighted by Bultmann’s grand slam, a deep shot to left field. Singleton also added a three-run homer, his first of his career, to put Clemson up 20-4.
The Hatters were led at the plate by Serrano, who had three hits in four at bats. Serrano has 21 hits in his last 31 at bats (.677) over the last eight games.
Along with Bultmann, Clemson was led at the plate by Patrick Boyd (3-for-4), Harris (2-for-3), Ellis (2-for-2), and Singleton (2-for-3). Ellis has 10 hits in his last 14 at bats (.714).
Clemson only left three runners on base in scoring the 22 runs after stranding 13 in Clemson’s 6-5 loss of Florida Atlantic on March 4. Stetson stranded 12 runners.
Please note that the game time on Saturday has been changed to 1:00 PM from the listed time of 2:00 PM.
Stetson 200 110 000 - 4 9 3Clemson 520 2 (11) 200 - 22 17 2Win - Mottl (4-0) Loss - Aulet (1-2)2B - French (4), Eustatius (1), Goirigolzarri (3), Stanley (3), Harris (3)HR - French (3), Serrano (3), Bultmann 2 (5), Harris (4), Singleton (1)Start: 3:00 PM Time: 2:56Attendance: 1,255
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