Clemson, SC – Clemson held a 3-2 lead after five innings, but North Carolina tied the game in the seventh and score three runs in the ninth to win 6-3.
Spencer Kieboom and Jason Stolz both went 3-4 for the Tigers. Clemson put three runs on the board with eight hits.
Dominic Leone got the start for the Tigers and went four innings with four hits, two runs and one earned run. Leone was hit in the back with a shot up the middle in the fourth, but finished out the inning.
North Carolina jumped out to a lead in the second. With two outs and a 1-2 count Tom Zengal worked a walk. Russell and Jordan followed with singles to score Zengal and put North Carolina up 1-0.
Clemson got on the board in the bottom of the third. Jason Stolz singled up the middle. Dominic Attanasio just beat out a double play. Thomas Brittle doubled down the right field line to advance Attanasio to third. Steve Wilkerson hit a sacrifice fly to score Attanasio, but Brittle was caught in a run down between second and third. After three the game was tied 1-1.
The Heels bounced right back in the top of the fourth with a run to take the lead again 2-1.
The Tigers took the lead in the fifth. Spencer Kieboom singled to right to start the inning. With one out Jason Stolz singled up the middle. Dominic Attanasio doubled down the right field line to score Kieboom and Stolz. Thomas Brittle was hit by a pitch. With two outs Richie Shaffer hit a rocket to left field but the left fielder made a diving catch. After five the Tigers led 3-2.
Errors allowed North Carolina to tie the game in the seventh. With two outs Wilkerson couldn’t field an easy ground ball. After a walk and a throwing error by Shaffer at third the game was tied 3-3.
Clemson imploded in the ninth inning as North Carolina plated three runs to win the game 6-3. Daniel Gossett started the ninth for the Tigers and gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases. Scott Firth came in with the bases loaded and no outs and gave up two walks on nine pitches to allow the Heels to go up 5-3. North Carolina scored the final run on a sacrifice fly.
Clemson moved to 6-6 on the season and 0-2 in the ACC. The Tigers and Heels meet for game three Sunday at 1 PM at Doug Kingsmore.