Clemson hands UMaine baseball team its fourth straight loss

Posted Feb. 22, 2014, at 10:27 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 23, 2014, at 5:08 p.m.

CLEMSON, S.C. — The Clemson Tigers scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and went on to hand the Maine Black Bears their fourth straight loss, 10-2 on Sunday.

Maine, which also lost to Clemson on Saturday, 13-3, slipped to 1-5 while Clemson improved to 5-1.

Maine jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Sam Balzano led off the with a single to center field. He stole second base and scored on Troy Black’s infield single.

Clemson answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Tyler Slaton and Tyler Krieger each reached, before Garrett Boulware doubled down the left-field line, driving in Slaton and Steven Duggar followed with another double to plate Krieger. Boulware then scored on Steve Wilkerson’s sacrifice fly and Jay Baum came around on an error.

The Tigers plated a run in the bottom of the second inning, before adding four more in the bottom of the third.

Maine got a run in the top of the sixth inning. Colin Gay singled and scored when Brian Doran doubled to right field.

Scott Heath got the start on the mound for the Black Bears and went 2 ⅓ innings. He allowed nine runs, six of which were earned, on eight hits and falls to 1-1.

Clemson used five pitchers in the game. Jake Long for the start and went six innings to earn the win.

Maine returns to action at 1 p.m. Friday against Furman in Deland, Fla.

On Saturday, Kyle Silva belted a three-run double in the top of the fifth inning, but the Black Bears were unable to hang on against 13th-ranked Clemson.

The Tigers struck first with a run in the bottom of the third inning. Slaton singled to third base and scored on a wild pitch. Clemson added to its lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when Jon McGibbon walked and scored when Slaton singled.

Maine took the lead in the top of the fifth inning. Gay doubled and Black, who finished with three hits in the game, singled. Doran reached on catcher’s interference to load the bases. Silvan then ripped a bases clearing double.

Clemson scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to regain the lead. Garrett Boulware singled and Duggar followed with a single as well. Boulware scored on a Chris Okey sacrifice fly and Duggar scored when Baum singled.

The Tigers added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and then scored three more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to extend their lead to 9-3.

Jake Marks went four innings and allowed three runs on six hits for the Black Bears. Logan Fullmer allowed three runs on four hits over one inning. He suffers the loss.

Matthew Crownover got the start for Clemson and allowed three runs, none of which were earned, on eight hits over five innings.

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