March 11, 2009
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Six Clemson pitchers combined to hold the Spartans to four hits on Wednesday (March 11) night at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C., as the No. 22 Tigers downed the MSU baseball team, 6-1.
As it did in the meeting between the two schools on Tuesday, Clemson got out to an early lead with runs in the bottom of the first as it scored twice off back-to-back RBI doubles off the wall in left field.
MSU starter Kyle Corcoran then settled in and retired eight of the next 10 Tiger hitters before surrendering a solo home run to Jeff Schaus in the fourth to make the score 3-0.
Despite just three hits through five innings, the Spartans were able to put runners on base in every inning but were unable to push any across the plate. MSU nearly cut the lead in the fifth after a Chris Roberts single up the middle. Jonathan Roof then followed with a deep drive to right field that nearly cleared the fence but a leaping grab by Schaus kept the Spartans off the board.
The Tigers used four hits and a pair of sac bunts in the seventh to score three more runs and make the score 6-0.
MSU avoided the shutout in the ninth when Jeff Holm, who reached on a single, scored on a wild pitch to make the final 6-1.
In his first start of the season, Corcoran (0-1) had a career-long performance, going 6.2 innings and scattering seven hits. The lefty also struck out two and walked two while fielding his position well with five assists and one putout.
After a day off, MSU will face Quinnipiac on Friday (March 13) at 7 p.m. in Greenville, S.C., at Flour Field.