May 10, 2005
Blacksburg, VA –
Kris Harvey’s grand slam in the eighth inning propelled Clemson to a 6-2 win in the series finale at Virginia Tech Tuesday night in front of 680 fans at English Field. With the win, the Tigers won the series 2-1. Clemson improved to 30-19 (15-9 ACC), while the Hokies fell to 20-23 (5-15 ACC).
Jeff Hahn (3-1) pitched 5.0 scoreless innings of two-hit ball in relief to earn the win. Jake Chaney (5-3) suffered the loss. The Hokies were hindered by 12 runners left on base.
The Tigers took the game’s first lead when Travis Storrer hit a two-out, solo homer to right field in the second inning, his second of the series and fifth of the season. The long ball also extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
Virginia Tech came right back and tied the score in the bottom of the second. Matt Hacker hit a leadoff single through the left side and came around to score when Jose Rojas doubled down the right-field line.
Sheldon Adams gave the Hokies a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning when he led off with a homer to right field, his second of the year.
Clemson mounted a rally in the eighth inning after Chaney had kept Clemson in check through the first seven innings. Brad Chalk blooped a one-out single to center and went to third on Taylor Harbin’s double over the third-base bag. Chalk rounded third base hard, and was almost caught off too far before he scampered safely back to the bag. The Hokies elected to intentionally walk Colvin to load the bases and face a slumping Harvey, but Harvey came through when he hit the first pitch (breaking ball) over the fence in left-center for a grand slam, giving the Tigers a 5-2 lead. It was Harvey’s ACC-leading 18th homer of the season and first grand slam of 2005.
Late-inning, defensive replacement Gene Pierce added a long solo homer in the ninth inning, his first of the season.
Clemson will return to action Friday when it travels to Winston-Salem, NC to play at Wake Forest at 3:00 PM.
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