COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland fell victim to two strong starts from Clemson’s Daniel Gossett in game one and Matthew Crownover in game two as the 20th-ranked Tigers took both games of a doubleheader against the Terps Friday at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.
The Terps (16-8, 5-6 ACC) finished with eight hits against Gossett, but were only able to generate a run in eight innings against the junior righty in a 3-1 defeat in game one. In game two, Crownover held Maryland to four hits and one run in a complete game win, 7-1.
Jake Stinnett, Maryland’s starter in game one, went toe-to-toe with Gossett. Stinnett scattered seven hits and allowed one run with six strikeouts in eight innings, but had to settle for a no decision. Stinnett’s lone mistake came against the Tigers’ first baseman Shane Kennedy, who finished 4-for-4 with two RBI in game one. Kennedy put Clemson (17-9, 8-3 ACC) up 1-0 in the second on a home run to left center.
Gossett held the Terps’ bats quiet until the eighth. After Blake Schmit had to leave the game with an injury, Michael Montville pinch hit and inherited a 1-1 count. Montville planted the first pitch he saw from Gossett over the centerfield wall for his first home run of the season to tie the game at 1-1.
In the ninth, the Tigers got a leadoff double from Steve Wilkerson, who scored the go-ahead run on a Kennedy triple. Kennedy eventual scored Clemson’s third run on a sacrifice fly and Matt Campbell entered in the bottom of the ninth to close it out for Clemson.
In the day’s second game, Clemson jumped on Maryland starter Mike Shawaryn in the first inning scoring four runs off of the freshman capped by a three-run home run from Wilkerson. Crownover held the Terps to two hits in the first six innings, a single by Brandon Lowe and a double by Anthony Papio.
The Terps got a run across in the seventh. After Kevin Martir opened the inning with single, Lowe tripled off the wall in right for his 11th RBI of the season.
Maryland and Clemson are scheduled to conclude their three-game series Saturday at 2 p.m. from Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.