#22 Clemson Tops Michigan State 6-1 Wednesday at Fluor Field


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Mike Freeman totaled a career-high four hits and led #22 Clemson to a

6-1 victory over Michigan State in front of 5,058 fans at Fluor Field on Wednesday night. Clemson improved to 8-4, while Michigan State fell to 1-11. Clemson also improved to 4-0 all-time at Fluor Field and swept the two-game, midweek series with the Spartans.

Freeman, who went 4-for-4, led Clemson's 10-hit attack. Ben Paulsen and Wilson Boyd also had two hits apiece for the Tigers, while Boyd had a game-high three RBIs. Paulsen improved to 11-for-17 (.647) with four doubles, one homer, eight runs, and eight RBIs in four career games at Fluor Field.

Graham Stoneburner (1-2) earned the win in relief for Clemson. He pitched 3.1 innings and allowed three hits and no walks with six strikeouts. Six Tiger pitchers combined for a season-high 14 strikeouts and held the Spartans hitless in 13 at-bats with runners on base, while the Tiger hitters were 6-for-12 in that situation.

Spartan starter Kyle Corcoran (0-1) took the loss, as he allowed five runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings pitched.

Clemson jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Freeman hit a one-out single on an 0-2 pitch and Paulsen followed with a double off the left-field wall. Boyd then drove both runners in with another double to left field.

Jeff Schaus hit his team-leading third home run of the year to right field in the fourth inning to extend Clemson's lead to 3-0.

Jason Stolz led off the fifth inning with a double, his first career extra-base hit. After a sacrifice bunt by Phil Pohl, Addison Johnson laid down a suicide squeeze bunt that scored Stolz. Follwing a Brad Miller walk and Freeman single, Paulsen and Boyd hit back-to-back run-scoring singles to give Clemson a 6-0 lead.

Michigan State put a run on the board in the ninth inning. Jeff Holm hit a one-out single, moved to second on a groundout, and scored on a wild pitch.

Four different Spartans accounted for the team's four hits.

Clemson will return to action when it plays host to Wake Forest in a three-game series this weekend beginning Friday at 4:00 PM.


Michigan State 1 (1-11)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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Brandon Eckerle cf....... 5 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 1

Eli Boike rf............. 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0

Chris Roberts 2b......... 2 0 1 0 1 0 3 3 0

Jonathan Roof ss......... 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 5 2

Eric Roof 1b............. 4 0 0 0 0 2 11 1 3

Johnny Lee dh............ 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0

Jeff Holm lf............. 3 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0

Andrew Carpenter 3b...... 3 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0

Seth Williams c.......... 3 0 0 0 1 2 4 0 3

Kyle Corcoran p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0

Max Miller p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Kurtis Frymier p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 31 1 4 0 5 14 24 14 9

Clemson 6 (8-4)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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Brad Miller ss........... 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 0

Mike Freeman 2b.......... 4 2 4 0 0 0 1 1 0

Matt Sanders 3b......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Ben Paulsen 1b........... 4 1 2 1 0 1 7 0 1

Wilson Boyd lf........... 4 0 2 3 0 0 1 0 1

Kyle Parker dh........... 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2

Jeff Schaus rf........... 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1

Chris Epps rf........... 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

Jason Stolz 3b/2b........ 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 0

Phil Pohl c.............. 2 0 0 0 0 0 14 1 0

Adam Ward ph............ 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

John Nester c........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

Addison Johnson cf....... 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0

Kevin Brady p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Graham Stoneburner p.... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Will Lamb p............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Scott Weismann p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Ryan Hinson p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Tomas Cruz p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 30 6 10 6 2 4 27 8 5

Score by Innings R H E

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Michigan State...... 000 000 001 - 1 4 2

Clemson............. 200 100 30X - 6 10 2

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E - BOIKE(1); WILLIAMS(1); FREEMAN(3); STONEBURNER(1). DP - Michigan St. 1.

LOB - Michigan St. 9; Clemson 5. 2B - FREEMAN(3); PAULSEN(4); BOYD(2);

STOLZ(1). HR - SCHAUS(3). HBP - ROBERTS; JOHNSON. SH - POHL(2); JOHNSON(1).

CS - JOHNSON(2).

Michigan State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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Kyle Corcoran....... 6.2 7 5 5 2 2 23 28

Max Miller.......... 0.0 3 1 1 0 0 3 3

Kurtis Frymier...... 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 4 4

Clemson IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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Kevin Brady......... 1.2 0 0 0 3 3 5 8

Graham Stoneburner.. 3.1 3 0 0 0 6 13 14

Will Lamb........... 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 3 3

Scott Weismann...... 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 3 3

Ryan Hinson......... 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 3 4

Tomas Cruz.......... 1.0 1 1 1 1 1 4 5

Win - STONEBURNER (1-2). Loss - CORCORAN (0-1). Save - None.

WP - CRUZ 2(3). HBP - by STONEBURNER (ROBERTS); by CORCORAN (JOHNSON).

Umpires - HP: Steve Manders 1B: Jeremy Dupree 3B: David Savage

Start: 7:04 PM Time: 2:25 Attendance: 5058

MILLER faced 3 batters in the 7th.

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