Clemson Baseball: Tar Heels Send Tigers Packing

Kevin Thomas@K_Mart10Contributor IIApril 8, 2011

The Clemson baseball team traveled to Chapel Hill, N.C., last weekend to take on the No. 6 North Carolina Tar Heels in a three-game series.

The Tar Heels came out on top in all three of the games and dropped the Tigers record to 14-12 overall and 4-8 in the ACC.

In the series opener, Clemson came out hot and scored three runs in the top of the first, thanks to RBI from Phil Pohl, Chris Epps and Will Lamb. However, the Tigers could not muster any more runs the rest of the game. North Carolina answered right back in the bottom of the first with a two-run homer from Tommy Coyle.

The Tar Heels took the lead for good at 4-3 in the third inning, thanks in part to a Clemson error and an RBI single from Colin Moran. North Carolina tacked on one more run in the fourth and then broke the game open in the fifth with six runs.

The Tar Heels added on two more runs in the seventh with the help of Tiger errors to extend the final margin to 13-3. Pohl led the Tigers at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run.

Clemson got on the board in the first inning of the second game as well when Jeff Schaus singled to bring home John Hinson. UNC tied the game in the bottom of the second on a Jesse Wierzbicki double. The Tigers then regained the lead in the top of the third inning when Richie Schaffer singled home Pohl.

However, the Tar Heels answered right back again in the bottom half of the inning with a Coyle RBI to knot the game at 2-2. North Carolina took its first lead of the game in the fifth when they plated three runs.

The Tigers responded with three runs in the seventh behind RBI from Schaus, Epps and Jason Stolz. The Tar Heels took the lead again in the eighth when they scored four runs, highlighted by a two-run single from Moran.

North Carolina held on to win, 9-5. Schaus went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run to lead the Tigers.

For the third game in a row, Clemson took the game’s first lead against the Tar Heels. Epps and Brad Miller both came through with RBI singles to give the Tigers a 2-0 advantage in the top of the first.

However, North Carolina answered back just as they did in the previous two games.

An RBI single and a Tiger error allowed the Tar Heels to score three runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-2 lead. UNC added to its lead on a fifth inning single by Moran, which made the score 4-2.

Clemson was able to answer that run with one of its own in the sixth when Miller doubled home Richie Shaffer. Clemson was able to tie the game at 4-4 in the top of the eighth when catcher Spencer Kieboom came through with a two-out single to score Shaffer.

However, Moran came through again for the Tar Heels in the bottom of the ninth with an RBI single to give them the 5-4 win. Shaffer and Miller paced the Tigers at the plate, both going 3-4.

Clemson takes to the field again this weekend when they play host to the Maryland Terrapins for a three-game series.

The start times for the games are 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.


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