May 17, 2000
FORT MILL, SC FIRST ROUND
FORT MILL, S.C. – Patrick Boyd went 3-for-4 with three runs batted in, two runs scored and a double to lead second seeded Clemson over seventh seeded Virginia in the first round of the ACC Baseball Tournament at Knight Stadium on Wednesday evening, 9-5.
Virginia (24-30) jumped on the board first as Luis Giraldo blasted his sixth home run of the season, a two-run shot to left field to open the scoring in the first.
The score remained 2-0 until the third when Clemson (43-14) scored three runs, all with two outs. Casey Stone doubled to center field and Boyd followed him with a walk. Khalil Greene then tripled to right center field, plating both runners. Jeff Baker laced a single to left center, scoring Greene and giving the Tigers a lead they would never relinquish.
Clemson extended its lead to 7-2 with four runs in its half of the sixth inning. With runners and second and third with nobody out, Boyd singled to right center driving in both runners. Following an intentional walk to Henri Stanley, Ryan Riley singled back up the middle plating Boyd and Stanley came around to score from first on a fielding error by the centerfielder.
Both teams scored a pair of runs in the seventh inning and the Cavaliers pulled within four with a run in the eighth.
Kevin Lynn earned his first save of the season as he got Clemson out of a jam in the eighth, inducing a ground ball and fly out with the tying run on deck.
Tiger starting pitcher Scott Berney (9-4) tossed 7.1 innings, yielding five runs – four earned – on hits, while fanning one to earn the victory. His ninth win is the tops on the Clemson ball club.
Kevin Shrout (1-4) was tagged with the loss allowing seven runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings of work.
Clemson advances to play the winner of the Florida State – N.C. State game tomorrow at 8:30 p.m., while Virginia will play the loser of that game at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.
CLEMSON HEAD COACH JACK LEGGETT
“I was proud of our team tonight. I thought we did a couple of things real well. We didn’t panic after getting down 2-0 in the first inning. We stayed patient. We had a real big three- run inning with Khalil (Greene) getting the big hit. I thought we played well offensively all night long. We had a big four-run inning right after they had scored two.”
“Patrick Boyd had a great game for us offensively. Casey Stone has been doing this for the last half of the season. I’ve been calling him the straw that is stirring the drink for us. He is certainly setting the table for us.”
“We are swinging the bats much more aggressively in the last third of the season. It has helped us. We play better when we hit. It is a lot easier to play when you can score some runs and get ahead. You can relax a little bit more.”
VIRGINIA HEAD COACH DENNIS WOMACK
“I thought Clemson did a nice job. They swung the bats well especially against Shrout’s breaking pitch. They had a good approach and never let up offensively.”
” With regards to our club, I thought we played hard the entire way. We had some opportunities, we just needed to get one more big base hit, another big fly ball or something. We did make a rookie mistake there at third base getting picked off and that hurt. That cost us an opportunity.”
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