No. 19 Clemson Races Past Seahawks For 11-3 Victory
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
CLEMSON, S.C. – Casey Harman struck out nine and allowed two runs, one earned, while Jeff Schaus doubled and homered and drove in four runs as Clemson topped UNC Wilmington, 11-3, in college baseball action Saturday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Tigers raised their record to 34-16 overall and 18-5 in non-conference action. The Seahawks, meanwhile, dropped their second straight and dipped to 25-19.
Harman (6-3) scattered six hits in six innings in picking up his third win in his last four starts.
Mike Freeman, Wilson Boyd, Ben Paulsen and John Nester each had two hits for the Tigers. Freeman scored twice.
UNCW sophomore starter Cameron Roth was roughed up for nine runs, all earned, on 11 hits, both career-highs and dropped to 0-2.
Junior Robbie Monday led UNCW with two hits, including his team-leading 11th homer of the season.
UNCW freshman reliever Ryan Walker gave the Seahawks three solid innings of relief, allowing one hit in three innings. Sophomore Stephen Harrold added two innings of hitless relief and striking out three.
The Tigers built a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first with five hits off Roth. Schaus opened the scoring with a double that was misplayed in center allowing Freeman, who singled, to score from first. Paulsen followed with single into center to score Schaus.
A leadoff walk, a wild pitch followed by sacrifice bunt moved Jason Stolz to third with one out in the second. Roth then balked him in with the third run of the game.
In the third, Clemson broke the game open with eight runs on eight hits, all in a row, for an 11-0 lead. Roth, who wouldn’t make it out of the inning, struck out the first batter before Kyle Parker crushed a homer to centerfield, his 11th of the season, over a 45-foot structure behind the centerfield wall, 400 feet away. Schaus connected on a three-run shot later in the inning, this one off freshman reliever Tyler McSwain.
Junior Mike Rooney drove in the Seahawks’ second run of the game with a two-out single to left.
Monday homered with two out in the eighth to move the Seahawks to within eight, 11-3.
The series concludes on Sunday with a 1 p.m. start.
Notes: Holt extended his season-high hitting streak to nine games with a single in the fourth ... The eight-run third was the most allowed by the Seahawks this season ... Alex Hill made his first appearance since April 11 (hamstring (11 games)) and had a pinch hit single in the eighth ... UNCW shutout Clemson the final five innings of the game ... Grayson Evans triple in the ninth was UNCW’s 17th of the season, a tie for second most in school history.