April 1, 2001
Clemson Downs New York Tech for Series Sweep
Clemson, SC — Jeff Baker had three hits, including his ninth home run of the season and drove in four runs, leading Clemson to a 14-0 victory over New York Tech in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday.
Clemson won the first game on Saturday 13-0. It marked the first time since Feb. 16, 1992 that Clemson won two games by shutout in the same day. Clemson swept Eastern Kentucky, 7-0 and 22-0 at Kingsmore Stadium that day.
Clemson outscored New York Tech 51-3 in the three-game series played over two days. It was the most runs scored in a three-game series by Clemson since 1997 when the Tigers outscored Coastal Carolina 52-16 in a three-game set. The 48-run margin over the three games was the highest combined victory margin in a three-game series since 1969 when Clemson outscored Buffalo 61-9 in three consecutive games.
Nick Glaser was the starter and winner for the Tigers. He went five innings, allowed just two hits, struck out six and walked just two. It was the second win of the week for Glaser, who had been out with a hip injury for much of the season. He is now 3-0 for the season. Five pitchers worked the game overall for Clemson and they collectively allowed just three hits.
Ed Gillespie was the starter and loser for New York Tech. His record dropped to 0-3. Tech had two hits in the fourth inning from Ryan Nevins and Mike Rick, but that was the only inning in which they had two base runners.
In addition to Baker’s heroics, Michael Johnson had three hits and a walk in five plate appearances. He is now 21 for his last 41 at the plate and is hitting over .410 for the season. Ryan Riley and Seth Miller added two hits apiece for the Tigers, who are now 21-8 for the season. New York Tech fell to 4-10-1 with the loss.
Clemson scored seven runs in the first three innings to put the game out of reach early. Clemson scored three runs in the first on two hits. The Tigers added two runs in the second, then two runs in the third. Clemson scored five runs in the seventh with the big hit the three-run homer by Jeff Baker.
Clemson added another run in the bottom of the eighth on a home run by reserve catcher Gene Pierce. It was his first career hit as a Tiger and just his second at bat of the year.
Clemson will next be in action in Tuesday at Western Carolina for a 3:00 PM game.
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