After allowing four runs in the first, junior left-handed starter Dan Metzdorf settled in and finished his outing without allowing another run. He struck out nine on the day to bring his two-game total to 22 Ks.
Junior Gian Martellini tied his career high with three hits on the day, including a double to lead off the second. Redshirt junior Scott Braren and senior Anthony Maselli scored the BC runs by each launching their first home runs of the season.
Score: No. 12 Clemson 9, Boston College 4
Records: Boston College (9-15, 4-7 ACC) at Clemson (21-6, 7-4 ACC)
Series: Clemson wins the series, 2-0.
Location: Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson, S.C.
- Junior Gian Martellini tied his career high with three hits on the night. He doubled, scored a run and recorded the first stolen base of his career.
- Junior LHP Dan Metzdorf allowed four runs in the first but settled in and completed his outing without allowing more. He struck out nine, including seven of his final eight outs. In the last two games – 12.2 innings –he has recorded 22 Ks.
- Redshirt junior Scott Braren launched his first home run of the season to cut the Clemson lead in half in the fourth inning.
- Senior Anthony Maselli hit his first home run in the ninth with a two-run shot into the right-field bleachers.
- Sophomore Brian Dempsey tallied a single in the fourth. He has at least one hit in 17 of the Eagles’ 24 games this season and in 31 of the last 44 games played, dating back to last year. He also reached base safely in the 22 of the 24 games this season.
- Holding onto a two-run lead in the sixth, Clemson scored three in the sixth aided by two errors to take a five-run advantage.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Tigers scored four in the first to go up early. They loaded the bases on three walks and Metzdorf forced a high chopper to third with one out. The Eagles tried to turn a double play to get out of the jam, but the ball popped out of Dempsey’s hand at second base, allowing a run to score. Drew Wharton followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0. The runners moved up on a passed ball and Kyle Wilkie drove in two with a base hit to left.
- The Eagles cut the lead to two in the fourth. Martellini hit a two-out single to left and Braren followed by launching one into the left-field bleachers. Dempsey hit one to center but junior Jake Alu‘s laser to right was caught to end the inning.
- Junior RHP Thomas Lane came on in relief in the fifth with two on and two outs. After walking a batter, he retired the Tigers with a fly ball to hold the 4-2 score.
- Clemson scored three runs in the sixth to take a 7-2 lead. Lane started the inning with a strikeout but Seth Beer hit a solo shot to right to give the Tigers a three-run lead. A two-out walk and single put runners on the corners and junior RHP Sean Hughes came into the game. The righty got a grounder to short but senior Jake Palomaki bobbled the ball, allowing a run to score. An overthrow to first put runners on the corners and Wilkie singled through the left side to give the Tigers a five-run lead.
- Junior LHP Will Hesslink threw a 123 seventh but worked himself into a jam in the eighth. He walked the first two batters and a sac bunt moved them into scoring position. Wharton hit a fly ball to right to allowing both runners to tag up. A passed ball scored another run.
- BC plated two in the ninth off reliever Ryan Miller. Alu led off with a double to deep center field and Maselli followed with no-doubter into the right-field bleachers. Miiler retired the next three BC batters to end the game.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
- Clemson improved to 30-8 in the all-time series and has won the last nine straight meetings between the two teams. The Tigers have won 12 of the 13 series against the Eagles.
- Lane has inherited 16 runners this season and none of scored.
- With his hit in the game, Palomaki has reached base in 22 of BC’s 24 games this season.
- BC has logged at least 10 hits in 13 games in 2018.
- The Eagles are 1-10 when recorded two or more errors in the game.
The Eagles and Tigers finish the series on Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra.
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