Charlottesville, VA – Virginia continued their dominance of Clemson as the Cavaliers defeated the Tigers 5-1 Saturday afternoon at Davenport Field. Head coach Brian O’Conner is now 19-4 verse the Tigers sense joining the Cavs.
Branden Kline pitched pitched a gem for Virginia. Kline went the distance and only gave up two hits, one run and one earned run. Wilkerson and Stolz were the only Tigers to get a hit off Kline.
Dominic Leone got the start for the Tigers but exited the game early. Leone went 3.2 innings and gave up five hits, five runs and five earned runs. Dominic had three strikeouts, three walks and two balks. David Haselden pitched well in relief for Clemson. Haselden went 3.1 innings for the Tigers four hits and no runs with three strikeouts and one walk. Patrick Andrews pitched the ninth for the Tigers and set down the Cavs in order.
Clemson didn’t waste any time getting on the board. Steve Wilkerson hit a triple to the gap in right center that went to the wall. Jason Stolz hit a ground ball to the right side of the infield to score Wilkerson from third. After the top of the first the Tigers led 1-0. Unfortunately for the Tigers it would be there only run of the day.
The Cavs tied things up in the second. With two outs Derek Fisher hit a solo homerun to right field.
Leone got into trouble in the third and Virginia took the lead. Mitchell Shifflett singled to start the inning and moved to second on a balk. A single by Werman and a triple by Taylor and the Cavs led 3-1.
In the fourth Virginia added some insurance runs. Dominic Leone walked the leadoff batter Jared King. With one out King advanced to second on another balk. Nate Irving singled up the middle. King tried to score from second but was thrown out at home by Tyler Slaton. Irving stole second and then Leone walked Shifflett. David Haselden came in to relieve Leone. Keith Werman doubled to left scoring two more for the Cavs. After four Virginia led 5-1.
Clemson fell to 11-10 overall and 3-5 in the ACC with the loss. The Tigers and Cavs will play game three Sunday at 1 PM.