No. 19 Clemson sweeps doubleheader against Maryland
CLEMSON — Matthew Crownover tossed six scoreless innings and five different Tigers tallied multiple hits to lead No. 19 Clemson to a 9-5 win over Maryland in the second game of a doubleheader at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Monday night. The Tigers, who won both games of the doubleheader to win the series 2-1, improved to 32-15 overall and 17-10 in the ACC.
The Tigers scored four runs in the first inning and built an 8-0 lead with a run in the sixth inning. Two costly Clemson errors played a big role in Maryland (28-23, 9-18) scoring five runs in the seventh inning.
But the Tigers held on for the win to give Jack Leggett his 1,256th career victory as a head coach. He moved ahead of Jack Stallings into sole possession of 11th place for all-time wins by a head coach at the Division I level.
Crownover (6-1) earned the win by pitching six scoreless innings of four-hit ball. He also gave up just one walk with two strikeouts. Matt Campbell pitched two scoreless innings and allowed one hit and one walk with two strikeouts to record his seventh save of the season.
Maryland starter Alex Robinson (1-3) suffered the loss, as he yielded nine hits, seven runs, and three walks with one strikeout in 4.1 innings pitched.
Clemson wasted little time taking the game’s first lead in the first inning. Steven Duggar grounded a two-out single up the middle and Garrett Boulware walked on four pitches. Shane Kennedy laced a single up the middle to score Duggar. After Tyler Krieger walked to load the bases, Jon McGibbon singled up the middle to score Boulware and Kennedy. Thomas Brittle followed with a single up the middle to plate Krieger, giving Clemson a 4-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, Boulware belted a one-out single through the left side and Kennedy lined a single to left field. Krieger followed with a single through the left side to score Boulware, then McGibbon walked to load the bases. Brittle walked after being down in the count 1-2 to score Kennedy, and Krieger scored on pinch-hitter Kevin Bradley’s sacrifice fly to center.
Steve Wilkerson led off the sixth inning with a single to right-center and advanced to second on Duggar’s groundout to second. Boulware followed with a single to center to score Wilkerson and give the Tigers an 8-0 lead.
After Maryland cut the lead to 8-5, the Tigers added an insurance run in the eighth inning. Duggar led off with a walk and advanced to second on Boulware’s groundout. Two batters later, Krieger hit a two-out double down the left-field line to score Duggar.
Wilkerson, Duggar, Boulware, Kennedy and Krieger all had two hits apiece to pace the Tigers’ 12-hit attack.
White went 4 for 5 with two RBIs and a run to lead the Terrapins, who totaled eight hits in the contest.
Clemson will return to action with a home-and-home midweek series against Furman starting today at Doug Kingsmore Stadium at 6:30 p.m.