Chapel Hill – Clemson head coach Jack Leggett was tossed from a game for the first time since 2008. Unfortunately after Leggett left the game things only got worse for the Tigers. North Carolina scored 13 straight runs on 10 hits to whip the Tigers 13-3 Friday night at Boshamer Stadium.
The Heel’s’s 13 runs was the most given up by the Tigers this year. The previous high was eight in an 8-7 loss to Virginia.
Clemson could only manage two hits after the first inning. Phil Pohl went 2-3 on the night while the rest of the team went 3-29.
Scott Weismann picked up the loss for the Tigers as he went 4.0 innings giving up seven hits and six earned runs. After getting into trouble in the first inning Patrick Johnson went 7.0 innings only giving up four hits and three earned runs.
The Tigers jumped to an early lead in the first. John Hinson worked a leadoff walk and stole second with one out. Jeff Schaus walked before Phil Pohl singled to right center scoring Hinson. With two outs Chris Epps singled to left scoring Schaus. Will Lamb bunted down the first base side to score Pohl. After the top of the first Clemson led 3-0.
North Carolina bounced right back in the bottom of the first. With one out and a runner on second Tommy Coyle hit a two-run homerun.
Leggett got tossed in the third inning with two outs. The umpire didn’t give an apparent third strike to Weismann. After that pitch the referee at second tossed Leggett for throwing a ball. The Heels responded by scoring two runs with two outs to take the lead 4-3. North Carolina added a run in the fourth to stretch the lead to 5-3.
In the sixth inning the Heels put the game away. With the help of two Clemson errors North Carolina plated six runs to make the score 11-3.
With the loss the Tigers fell to 14-10 on the season and 4-6 in the ACC. Clemson and North Carolina play game two Saturday at 2 PM.