Feb. 20, 2010
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The 15th-ranked Clemson Tigers scored six times over the final four innings to break open a two-run game and handed the Michigan State baseball team its first loss of the 2010 season, 10-2, on Saturday (Feb. 20) afternoon at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C.
"Clemson is a very good team and took advantage of the mistakes we made so, credit to them," said MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. "We played well, and outside of a few pitches, Tony (Bucciferro) threw a good game. Jonathan Roof had a good game today, too, and Bo Felt swung the bat well again. He's done a nice job here early on."
The Tigers put up four runs in the second, keyed by a three-run homer off the bat of John Hinson. The Spartans responded to make it a 4-1 game in the bottom of the second when shortstop Jonathan Roof led off with a solo homer to left field. MSU further threatened in the inning, getting two more runners on base but, Clemson starter Scott Weismann got a pop out and double play to end the inning.
After the rocky second inning, Bucciferro settled and faced just one over minimum in the third, fourth and fifth innings before the Spartans made it a 4-2 game in the bottom of the fifth. Bo Felt, who finished the game 3-for-4, led off the frame with a single to left field. Later in the inning with two outs, Brandon Eckerle scored Felt with a double to right center.
The two-run deficit would be as close as the Spartans would come, as the Tigers' used the long ball to score two runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh to extend their lead. They added one more in the ninth to make the final, 10-2.
Bucciferro suffered the loss for MSU, giving up six runs off six hits while striking out two in six complete innings of work.
The Spartans will wrap up their three-game swing in South Carolina on Sunday against Miami (Ohio) at 12 p.m. at Fluor Field.