By Lee Lance.
The Clemson Tiger baseball team rode the hills of 13 hits to score 12 runs and pounded Maryland, 12-to-3 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in front of 4,119 fans in attendance.
Shortstop Brad Miller continued to improve following his injury and led the offense going 3-for-4 including a double, triple two RBI’s and three runs scored.
On top of all of that offense, the Tigers got some outstanding pitching out of sophomore righty Jonathan Meyer in relief and a strong performance out of tonight’s starter, sophomore righty Dominic Leone.
Leone pitched four and two-thirds innings in the start, and rang up six Terrapin batters with strikeouts, while Meyer pitched the final four and one-third innings and rang up five Terrapins to strikeouts himself.
The Tigers started the scoring early, scoring five runs in the bottom of the second, and one in the bottom of the third to lead 6-0 heading into the top of the fifth.
The Terrapins threatened in the top of that inning, touching up starter Leone for the first time in the game, scoring three runs on four hits, and bumped Dominic for Meyer.
The Tigers stretched the lead again with a two-out rally in the sixth inning that scored four more runs, capped off by Miller scoring on a throwing error that occurred on his bases clearing triple.
The Tigers added two more runs in the seventh inning to run the score to 12-to-3 in favor of Clemson, and the game ended with the score the same.
Clemson batters had one of their strongest outings of the season at the plate, tallying three doubles and three triples among their 13 total hits.
Jonathan Meyer earned the win for the Tiger, pitching four and one-third innings, allowing just two hits, no runs, and one walk while adding five strikeouts.
David Carroll suffered the loss for the Terrapins, giving up seven hits and five earned runs in three innings pitched.
Clemson improved to 17-12 overall and 5-8 in the ACC with tonight’s win, while the Terrapins fell to 14-16 overall and 2-11 in ACC play.
The same two teams will meet up again at Doug Kingsmore Stadium at 7:00 PM Saturday night.