Chestnut Hill, MA -
Matthew Crownover and Matt Campbell
combined to pitch a four-hit shutout in Clemson's 1-0 victory over Boston
College in front of 854 fans at a chilly and windy Commander Shea Field on
Sunday afternoon. The Tigers, who swept
the series 3-0 and won their fifth game in a row, improved to 21-11 overall and
9-6 in the ACC. The Eagles fell to 5-25
overall and 0-14 in ACC play.
The Tigers had scoring opportunities in the
third and fifth innings before finally plating a lone run in the sixth
inning. That was all the offense Clemson
would need, as Crownover and Campbell combined to allow only five batters to
reach first base, three runners to reach second base, and none to reach third
Crownover (4-0) pitched a career-long 6.1
innings to earn the win. He gave up four
hits, no runs, and one walk with four strikeouts. Campbell retired all eight batters he faced
with three strikeouts to record his sixth save of the season.
Boston College starter Andrew Chin (1-7)
suffered the loss, as he yielded six hits, one run, and two walks with five
strikeouts in 5.1 innings pitched. Three
Eagle pitchers combined to allow only one of Clemson's 14 baserunners to score.
In the first inning, Blake Butera reached
on a one-out, infield single on a 1-2 pitch, then Tom Bourdon lined a single to
left field. Two batters later, Matt Pare
laced a 1-2 pitch to left-center, but centerfield Tyler Slaton made a diving
catch to save two runs.
Jay Baum reached as the leadoff batter of
the third inning when first-baseman Travis Ferrick dropped the throw from
short. Mike Triller, who was making his
first career start, lined a single to left field, then Slaton reached on a bunt
single to load the bases with no outs. But
the next three Tigers were retired to keep Clemson off the scoreboard.
In the fifth inning, Baum led off with a
walk on seven pitches and Triller laid a bunt back to the mound. Chin threw to second, but Baum beat the
throw. Slaton advanced both runners with
a sacrifice bunt, but Steve Wilkerson struck out and Garrett Boulware flied out
to right to end the inning.
The Tigers finally broke through in the top
of the sixth inning. Steven Duggar
grounded a one-out single up the middle and Tyler Krieger blooped a single to
left-center. Jon McGibbon followed with
a single through the right side to score Duggar and advance Krieger to third. After McGibbon moved to second on a wild
pitch, Baum and Triller both struck out.
The Tigers squandered another scoring
opportunity in the seventh inning. Slaton
led off with a single to center when Bourdon misjudged the liner. Pinch-hitter Joe Costigan grounded a single
through the right side on a hit-and-run to advance Slaton to third. After Boulware fouled out, Shane Kennedy
grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Slaton went 3-for-3 with a walk to lead
Clemson, who totaled nine hits in the game.
Krieger added two hits, while McGibbon had the game's only RBI.
Clemson will travel to Cullowhee, NC to
take on Western Carolina on Tuesday at 6:00 PM.