March 20, 2001
NORFOLK, Va. – Clemson got 14 hits and quality pitching to beat Old Dominion 11-1 Tuesday in a driving rain and strong wind at the chilly Bud Metheny Baseball Complex.
Tigers starting pitcher Jarrod Schmidt went 6.0 innings to get the win. He took a no-hitter through 3 2/3 innings and struck out a career-high nine batters to improve to 3-2 on the year. Old Dominion starter J.D. Jackson fell to 2-4 on the year.
Clemson struck first in the top of the second inning. With two outs, second baseman Ryan Riley singled and then stole second. Designated hitter Russell Triplett got his first double of the year to score Riley and then catcher Steve Pyzik singled to plate Triplett. The inning ended when Pyzik attempted to score from first base on a Chad Coder double.
The Tigers added three runs in the third inning on one hit with the aid of two walks, an error and a double steal to take a 5-0 lead.
Old Dominion did not score until the fifth inning. After a strike out by third baseman Jeff Eure, second baseman Ross Robertson singled. He moved to third when the center fielder Matt Moye followed with a single. A sacrifice fly by Allen Strick scored Robertson.
Clemson regained its five-run lead in the top of the sixth. After Riley grounded out, Triplett doubled for the second time in the game and was advanced to third on a base hit by Pyzik. Triplett scored on a ground out by Coder.
The Tigers added a pair of runs in the eighth inning off former Clemson pitcher Justin Davis. Pyzik doubled to lead off the inning and Coder reached on a walk. Davis hit Greene to load the bases and then hit Jeff Baker to get the Tigers their seventh run of the game. Michael Johnson grounded out to the pitcher to score Coder to put Clemson up 8-1. The Tigers added three runs in the ninth.
Triplett, Greene and Pyzik each had three hits for the Tigers. All three of Triplett’s hits were doubles. He knocked in one run and scored three runs himself. Greene, Coder and Pyzik also had triples, giving the Tigers six doubles for the game.
Clemson improved to 15-5 on the season while Old Dominion fell to 8-15. The two teams conclude the two-game series on Wednesday at 7:00 PM.
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