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March 18, 2009
CLEMSON, S.C. - No. 19 Clemson used five pitchers to toss its first no-hitter in 25 years on Wednesday night, as the USC Upstate baseball team fell victim to the gem, 14-0, at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in the first meeting between the two teams.
The loss falls on the heels of one of Upstate's biggest wins in the Division I era, a 4-3 victory over defending Atlantic 10 champions Charlotte on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, though, the Tigers' pitching staff proved dominant, facing just one over the minimum in the game, as two runners reached, one on an error in the first inning and one on a walk in the eighth.
The Tigers (13-4 overall) jumped out on the Spartans (6-11 overall), scoring two tallies in each of the first two innings. Two walks and a catcher's interference led to a two-RBI single from Richard Mounce in the first inning and two more runs crossed thanks to a hit batter, two wild pitches, a walk and a single in the second.
Two more runs crossed for Clemson in the fifth, as an RBI triple by Mike Freeman was followed by a grounder to drive him in and once again, two more crossed in the sixth thanks to three hits and a walk. A three-run homer by Freeman in the sixth made it 11-0 and three more crossed in the eighth to make up the final 14-0 difference.
Justin Sarratt (3-0) earned the win, pitching five innings and striking out two. Scott Weismann pitched the sixth, striking out two before Kyle Deese tossed the seventh, striking out one. Tomas Cruz pitched the eighth and Matt Vaughn closed the game with two strikeouts in the ninth, giving Clemson its first no-hitter since Scott Parrish threw a seven-inning gem against The Citadel on March 6, 1984.
Freshman Austin Moyer (Greensboro, N.C./Southeast Guilford) (1-4) was tagged with the loss, starting the game and allowing two runs, one earned, in the first inning. He allowed a hit and two walks.
Upstate did have a couple bright spots on the mound, as senior Phillip Myers (Louisville, Ky./Seminole C.C.) pitched a scoreless third and freshman Adam Waters (Denver, N.C./Hopewell) pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing no earned runs, although three scored on his watch. He allowed two hits and two walks while striking out two. Junior Barrett Stover (Durham, N.C./Lenoir C.C.) pitched the final two outs flawlessly.
Clemson was led by Freeman, who finished 4-for-5 with three runs and seven RBIs, as he fell a double short of the cycle. Will Lamb was the only other Tiger to finish with two hits, while Phil Pohl scored three times.
Upstate will get back on the field on Friday as they start a three-game set against Mercer at Harley Park. First pitch on Friday is 6 p.m. while Saturday and Sunday are both slated to start at 1 p.m. Upstate's season-long first-pitch calendar will continue with a Class of 2004 reunion, as Zach Huckabay tossing on Friday, Stan Smith on Saturday and Jason Smith will wrap up the weekend on Sunday.