Clemson, SC -
Matthew Crownover tossed 6.0 scoreless
innings and five different Tigers tallied multiple hits to lead #15 Clemson to
a 9-5 win over Maryland in the second game of a doubleheader at Doug Kingsmore
Stadium on Monday night. The Tigers, who
won both games of the doubleheader to win the series 2-1, improved to 32-15
overall and 17-10 in the ACC. The
Terrapins fell to 28-23 overall and 9-18 in ACC play.
The Tigers scored four runs in the first
inning and built an 8-0 lead with a run in the sixth inning. Two costly Clemson errors played a big role
in Maryland scoring five runs in the seventh inning. But the Tigers held on for the win to give
Jack Leggett his 1,256th career victory as a head coach. He moved ahead of Jack Stallings into sole
possession of 11th place for all-time wins by a head coach at the
Division I level.
Crownover (6-1) earned the win by pitching
6.0 scoreless innings of four-hit ball.
He also gave up just one walk with two strikeouts. Matt Campbell pitched 2.0 scoreless innings
and allowed one hit and one walk with two strikeouts to record his seventh save
of the season.
Maryland starter Alex Robinson (1-3)
suffered the loss, as he yielded nine hits, seven runs, and three walks with
one strikeout in 4.1 innings pitched.
Clemson wasted little time taking the
game's first lead in the first inning.
Steven Duggar grounded a two-out single up the middle and Garrett
Boulware walked on four pitches. Shane
Kennedy laced a single up the middle to score Duggar. After Tyler Krieger walked to load the bases,
Jon McGibbon singled up the middle to score Boulware and Kennedy. Thomas Brittle followed with a single up the
middle to plate Krieger, giving Clemson a 4-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, Boulware belted a
one-out single through the left side and Kennedy lined a single to left
field. Krieger followed with a single
through the left side to score Boulware, then McGibbon walked to load the
bases. Brittle walked after being down
in the count 1-2 to score Kennedy, then Krieger scored on pinch-hitter Kevin
Bradley's sacrifice fly to center.
Steve Wilkerson led off the sixth inning
with a single to right-center and advanced to second on Duggar's groundout to
second. Boulware followed with a single
to center to score Wilkerson and give the Tigers an 8-0 lead.
Jack Cleary led off the seventh inning
with a walk after being down in the count 0-2, then Anthony Papio hit a
potential double-play grounder to second.
But Wilkerson mishandled the ball and both runners were safe on the
error. Blake Schmit loaded the bases
with no outs on an infield single, then Jose Cuas singled through the right
side to score Cleary. Charlie White
followed with a single through the left side to score Papio and Schmit. Jordan Hagel hit a potential double-play
grounder to Bradley at third, who stepped on the base for out #1. But his throw to first was errant and White
scored on the error. Kyle Convissar then
lofted a sacrifice fly to left to score Hagel, cutting Clemson's lead to 8-5.
The Tigers added an insurance run in the
eighth inning. Duggar led off with a
walk and advanced to second on Boulware's groundout. Two batters later, Krieger hit a two-out
double down the left-field line to score Duggar.
Wilkerson, Duggar, Boulware, Kennedy, and
Krieger all had two hits apiece to pace the Tigers' 12-hit attack.
White went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and a run
to lead the Terrapins, who totaled eight hits in the contest.
Clemson will return to action with a
home-and-home midweek series against Furman starting Tuesday at Doug Kingsmore
Stadium at 6:30 PM.