Kevin Brady pitched seven shutout innings and the Tigers carried a three-run lead into the eighth but had to rally for two runs in the top of the ninth to hold on for a 5-4 win over Maryland.
Brady, who played his high school ball at Gaithersburg, MD, pitched his best game of the season. Kevin went seven innings only giving up five hits, no runs with eight strikeouts. Scott Firth pitched the final two innings and picked up the win, but gave up five hits, four runs and four earned runs.
Clemson scored five runs on ten hits. Phil Pohl went 2-5 with two RBIs. Jason Stolz set the table all night long going 3-4. Richie Shaffer was 1-3 with two ninth inning RBIs.
The Tigers took the lead in the third inning. Jason Stolz started the inning with a single. With two outs Richie Shaffer walked to advance Stolz to second. Phil Pohl singled to left to score Stolz and put the Tigers up 1-0.
In the top of the fifth Steve Wilkerson doubled with no outs. Richie Shaffer hit a shot that the third baseman couldn’t handle to score Wilkerson. Phil Pohl doubled to score Shaffer and make the score 3-0 Tigers.
Scott Firth came in to start the eighth for the Tigers in relief of Kevin Brady. Maryland used three hits and a walk to score three and tie the game.
Clemson responded in the top of the ninth. With one out Jason Stolz singled to second. Thomas Brittle walked to advance Stolz to second. Richie Shaffer tripled off the wall to score Stolz and Brittle and the Tigers led 5-3 going to the bottom of the ninth.
Maryland wasn’t done yet. A solo homerun cut the lead to 5-4 before Scott Firth got a strikeout to end the game.
Clemson moved to 21-17 overall and 10-9 in the ACC. The Tigers and Terps will play two on Saturday to complete the series.