May 6, 2013
CLEMSON, S.C. - Despite 10 hits, Maryland was only able to score twice and lost game one of Monday's doubleheader to 19th-ranked Clemson, 3-2, at Bob Kingsmore Stadium.
The Terps (28-22, 9-17 ACC) loaded the bases in the ninth, but Tigers' closer Scott Firth struck out the last two batters to prevent the tying run from scoring.
Maryland starter Jake Stinnett turned in another solid outing. The junior righty gave up two earned runs on five hits over 7-2/3 innings. Stinnett retired 10 straight Clemson batters from the second inning through the fifth.
Clemson (31-15, 16-10 ACC) broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth scoring two runs that proved to be the difference in the game. With Thomas Brittle at first, the Tigers put the hit-and-run on and Steve Wilkerson hit a chopper that bounced over LaMonte Wade's head at first. The ball rolled down the right-field line and scored Brittle. Wilkerson ended up with a double.
Wilkerson moved to third on an errant pick-off throw by Stinnett and later scored on sacrifice fly by Garrett Boulware. The Tigers took a 3-1 lead into the seventh.
The Terps attempted to muster some late-innings heroics with a run in the eighth. Charlie White and Jordan Hagel each singled with one out to give Maryland runners at the corners. Clemson reliever Patrick Andrews was then called for a balk to score White.
In the ninth trailing by a run, Wade singled to left center to lead off the inning. Two batters later, Anthony Papio singled to the same spot. Maryland loaded the bases on the next pitch when Blake Schmit was hit in the back. But Firth composed himself and struck out Greg Olenski and White to close the game out.
The Tigers manufactured the opening run of the game concluding with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the second. Shane Kennedy singled to right center and stole second two pitches later. After moving to third on a ground out, Jon McGibbon slapped one through the left side to put Clemson up 1-0.
Maryland tied the game at one in the sixth. With White at third, the Terps called a safety squeeze. Kevin Martir popped up the bunt for an apparent out. But Clemson first baseman Jon McGibbon, who was charging on the play, misjudged the ball and it sailed over his head allowing White to score.
Blake Schmit finished 3-for-3 to lead the team in hits. Hagel and White each went 2-for-4. White scored two runs and stole his 39th base of the season. White is one stolen base shy of tying Maryland's career record.
Stinnett took the loss to even his record at 5-5. Zack Erwin got the win for Clemson to improve to 4-0. Firth earned his fourth save of the season.
Maryland and Clemson close the series tonight with a 7 p.m. contest to broadcast on ESPNU.