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Clemson beats Maryland 9-5

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Clemson takes the series 2-1 with a game 3 win 9-5

Clemson, SC— Freshman LHP Matthew Crownover pitched six scoreless innings and freshman SS Tyler Krieger was 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored as the Clemson Tigers defeated the Maryland Terrapins 9-5 Monday night.

The Tigers scored early and never looked back. Clemson (32-15, 17-10) got off to a hot start in the bottom of the first scoring four runs with two outs. Steven Duggar started the surge with a single and Garrett Boulware followed with a walk. Shane Kennedy singled up the middle plating Duggar and moving Boulware to third. Krieger walked to load the bases. Jon McGibbon followed with a rocket up the middle scoring two more runs. Thomas Brittle finished off the four-run first with another single up the middle to plate Krieger.

The Tigers boosted their lead in the three-run fifth inning. After a Duggar flyout, Boulware and Kennedy had consecutive singles. Krieger’s single up the middle plated Boulware and Kennedy and Krieger advanced to second and third on the throw to the plate. McGibbon walked to load the bases and Brittle followed with a bases loaded walk that scored Kennedy. Kevin Bradley, pinch-hitting for Jay Baum, hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield and Brittle was able to beat the throw to the plate.

Maryland (28-23, 9-18) mounted a comeback in the top of the seventh. With the score now 8-0, the Terrapins had their own big inning, scoring five runs. C Jack Cleary walked to begin the inning. LF Anthony Papio reached on a fielder’s choice and Cleary was safe on an error by Steve Wilkerson. SS Blake Schmit followed with a laser that hit off the arm of RHP Clate Schmidt loading the bases. Jose Cuas singled plating Cleary. CF Charlie White added to the inning blasting a ball that went off Kennedy’s diving glove rolling to the outfield. Two runs scored and Cuas advanced to second. RF Jordan Hagel grounded out to third, but a throwing error by Kennedy allowed White to score and Hagel moved all the way to third. 2B Kyle Convissar’s sacrifice fly scored Hagel.

Clemson created a little breathing room in the bottom of the eighth. Duggar began the inning with a leadoff walk and after two groundouts he was on third with two outs. Krieger’s double easily scored Duggar from third.

Matt Campbell pitched the last two innings of scoreless ball and picked up the save for his seventh of the year.

Crownover improved to (6-1) and further shrank his ERA to 1.93 for the season. LHP Alex Robinson was handed the loss, falling to (1-3).

There was one casualty for the game as Clate Schmidt left early after he took a line drive off his forearm. Head Coach Jack Leggett stated after the game Schmidt’s forearm was sore and would be sore for a while. He had no idea how long Schmidt would be out.

Clemson has now split/swept 29 straight doubleheaders according to the Clemson Sports Information Department.

Tomorrow the game will be in clemson at 630. The game Wednesday will be in Fluor Field at 7 PM.

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