CHESNUT HILL, MA (CLEMSON SID)- Clemson scored four runs in the first inning and cruised to a 9-2 win over Boston College in front of 1,651 fans at Commander Shea Field on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers, who took a 2-0 lead in the series, improved to 20-11 overall and 8-6 in the ACC.
Freshman righthander Clate Schmidt (3-1) earned the win by pitching a career-high-tying 7.0 innings. He gave up six hits, two runs, and five walks with two strikeouts. Patrick Andrews pitched the final 2.0 innings, allowing one hit and no runs.
The Tigers wasted little time take the gameâ??s first lead in the first inning. Tyler Slaton led off with a single to left-center and Thomas Brittle reached on a bunt single. After both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch, Garrett Boulware grounded out to short to plate Slaton. Shane Kennedy then lofted a sacrifice fly to right-center to score Brittle. Joe Costigan drew a two-out walk and Steven Duggar laced a single to center. Stevensâ?? pickoff attempt to first was errant, allowing Costigan to score from third. Duggar also scored on the play when the throw to third base was errant to give Clemson a 4-0 lead.
Slaton, Brittle, and Kennedy had two hits apiece to pace Clemsonâ??s 12-hit attack. The Tigers did not strike out in the game.
Clemson and Boston College will play game-three of the three-game series on Sunday at 12:00 PM.