Clemson cruises to 9-2 win over BC

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Clemson scored four runs in the first inning and cruised to a 9-2 win over Boston College in front of 1,651 fans at Commander Shea Field on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers, who took a 2-0 lead in the series, improved to 20-11 overall and 8-6 in the ACC. The Eagles dropped to 5-24 overall and 0-13 in ACC play.

Freshman righthander Clate SchmidtClate Schmidt
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#32 6-1, 190
Acworth, GA

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(3-1) earned the win by pitching a career-high-tying 7.0 innings. He gave up six hits, two runs, and five walks with two strikeouts. Patrick AndrewsPatrick Andrews
So. RH Pitcher
#43 6-3, 225
Hilton Head Island, SC

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pitched the final 2.0 innings, allowing one hit and no runs.

Eric Stevens (0-7), the first of four Eagle pitchers, suffered the loss. He yielded nine hits, seven runs (four earned), and one walk.

The Tigers wasted little time take the game’s first lead in the first inning. Tyler SlatonTyler Slaton
So. Outfielder
#18 5-7, 200
Cumming, GA

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led off with a single to left-center and Thomas BrittleThomas Brittle
RS Sr. Outfielder
#4 5-8, 180
Cross, SC

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reached on a bunt single. After both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch, Garrett BoulwareGarrett Boulware
So. Catcher
#30 6-1, 210
Anderson, SC

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grounded out to short to plate Slaton. Shane KennedyShane Kennedy
Jr. Infielder
#11 6-2, 190
Orlando, FL

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then lofted a sacrifice fly to right-center to score Brittle. Joe CostiganJoe Costigan
Jr. Outfielder
#5 5-11, 190
Naples, FL

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drew a two-out walk and Steven DuggarSteven Duggar
Fr. Outfielder
#9 6-1, 185
Moore, SC

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laced a single to center. Stevens’ pickoff attempt to first was errant, allowing Costigan to score from third. Duggar also scored on the play when the throw to third base was errant to give Clemson a 4-0 lead.

In the second inning, Jon McGibbonJon McGibbon
Jr. 1st Base
#12 6-1, 220
Lindenhurst, NY

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led off with a single to left-center, advanced to second on Jay BaumJay Baum
So. Infielder
#13 6-0, 190
Alpharetta, GA

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’s groundout to short, and moved to third on Slaton’s groundout to second. Brittle reached on an error by shortstop Joe Cronin, allowing McGibbon to score.

Kennedy reached on a one-out bunt single in the third inning and scored on Costigan’s double down the right-field line.

John Hennessy led off the fourth inning with a double to right field and scored two batters later on Matt Pare’s one-out single to left-center.

In the fifth inning, Brittle led off with a double to right. Two batters later, Kennedy singled up the middle to score Brittle.

Slaton led off the top of the seventh inning with a single to right-center and Brittle walked. After both runners moved up a base on a passed ball, Boulware hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Slaton.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Cronin drew a two-out walk. Blake Butera reached on an infield single, then Hennessy ripped a single to right to score Cronin.

Pinch-hitter Mike TrillerMike Triller
So. Outfielder
#35 6-2, 190
Rutland, VT

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led off the eighth inning with a double to left-center and advanced to third on Tyler KriegerTyler Krieger
Fr. Infielder
#3 6-2, 170
Johns Creek, GA

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’s single to left field. McGibbon reached on a fielder’s choice to second as Krieger was retired at second base and Triller scored.

Slaton, Brittle, and Kennedy had two hits apiece to pace Clemson’s 12-hit attack. The Tigers did not strike out in the game.

Butera, Hennessy, and Pare had two hits apiece for Boston College, who amassed seven hits in the contest.

Clemson and Boston College will play game-three of the three-game series on Sunday at 12:00 PM.

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