May 9, 1998
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina (37-18, 13-9 ACC) and Clemson (41-12, 13-9) split a doubleheader Saturday in college baseball action at Boshamer Stadium. With the split and Georgia Tech’s doubleheader split at Maryland Saturday, Carolina, Clemson and Georgia Tech are all tied for second place in the ACC.
The first game was scoreless through three-and-a-half innings before UNC exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Jarrett Shearin hit a two-run single and Ryan Earey, Kevin Davidson, Jay Madeira and Brian Roberts all also had RBI for the Tar Heels in the fourth. With the six-run fourth, UNC knocked Clemson ace Ryan Mottl (9-3) out of the game after 3.2 innings pitched, his shortest outing since Feb. 21.
UNC added three runs in the fifth on a two-run homer by Davidson and a solo shot by Madeira and added three more in the sixth to take a 12-1 lead into the top of the seventh inning. Clemson went on to make the game interesting by plating eight runs in the seventh on four singles, a double and six walks, sending 14 batters to bat in the inning.
Corey Richardson came in to retire the Tigers in the seventh and earned his fourth save of the year, allowing no hits and no runs in 2.1 innings of work. Kyle Snyder (6-6) earned the win for UNC, striking out seven and allowing just on run in 6.0 innings. The win was Carolina’s first over Clemson in eight tries and first since Apr. 2, 1995.
In the evening’s second game, Clemson jumped out to a 4-0 lead and breezed to an 8-1 victory. Brian Ellis went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI and Derek Borgert went 3-for-5 for the Tigers. Clemson scored one run in the 2nd on an RBI single by Ellis and added three in the sixth. Brian Roberts hit a sacrifice fly for UNC in the 7th to cut the lead to 4-1, but Ellis hit a solo homer in the 8th and Clemson added three more runs in the top of the ninth for the 8-1 margin.
Matt White (4-2) allowed one run in 6.1 innings of work to earn the win for Clemson. Scott Clackum pitched 2.2 scoreless innings to earn his ninth save of the year. Mike Bynum (7-4) walked eight and gave up seven hits and four runs to take the loss for Carolina.
Carolina and Clemson play the final game of the 1998 regular season Sunday at 4:00 p.m.
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