By Trey McCurry.
Danny Hultzen tied a season-high 14 strikeout performance and led #6 Virginia to a 5-0 win over #4 Clemson on Friday evening in front of 4,051 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. With the win, the Cavaliers move to 14-1 overall and 1-0 in the ACC while Clemson falls to 7-4, 0-1 ACC. The shutout ended Clemson’s 147-game streak of scoring at least a run that dated back to the 2008 season.
Hultzen (4-0) earned the win allowing no runs, five hits, and three walks while striking out 14 in 6.2 innings. Clemson start Scott Weismann (2-2) suffered his second straight loss as he allowed five runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks against three strikeouts.
Clemson had a couple of opportunities early in the game to score some runs but were unable to capitalize.
Chris Epps led off the bottom of the first inning with a double to the left-center gap. Brad Miller and Richie Shaffer each struck out. After a Jeff Schaus infield single, Phil Pohl grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
With one out in the bottom of the second, the Tigers against tried to get a rally going. Spencer Kieboom and Will Lamb each singled through the left side but the Tigers were not able to move them around.
Virginia got on the board with a single run in the third inning. After John Barr led off the inning with a double, John Hicks hit a two-out single up the middle to plate Barr.
Yet again, Clemson tried to mount a rally in the third. With two outs, Schaus singled to left field in what proved to be the Tigers final hit of the game. Phil Pohl then reached on a hit-by-pitch, but John Hinson struck out to end the inning.
After a couple of scoreless innings, the Cavaliers added another run in the top of the sixth. Hicks reached when a blooper fell just inside the right field line and between three Tigers for a double and then advanced to third on a throwing error. On the next pitch, Hultzen lined a ball into left field for a sac fly to plate Hicks.
Virginia took advantage of more Tiger miscues to add to their lead in the seventh inning. David Coleman struck out to lead off the inning, but he reached on a wild pitch. After two outs, Chris Taylor lined a single to center to score Coleman. Following an error that allowed a run to score, Hultzen laced a single to center to bring the final score to 5-0.
Schaus led Clemson at the plate going 2-for-3 with a walk. In addition to his performance on the mound, Hultzen was 1-for-2 with two RBI. The Cavaliers outhit the Tigers 10-5 as Clemson stranded 10 men on base compared to Virginia’s seven.
The two teams will play game two of the series tomorrow at Doug Kingsmore Stadium at 2:00PM.