Baseball Drops Season Opener at No. 15 Clemson

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Feb. 19, 2010

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CLEMSON, S.C. - The Miami University baseball team hung tough with No. 15 Clemson through six innings in the 2010 season opener for both teams, but eight runs over the next two innings were too much for the RedHawks to handle, as the Tigers defeated Miami, 11-0, Friday evening at Kingsmore Stadium in front of 5,915 fans. The RedHawks (0-1) are now 0-4 all-time against Clemson (1-0), as the teams met for the first time since 1965.

Miami was out-hit 13-2, with junior shortstop Brad Gschwind (Cincinnati, Ohio) recording Miami's first hit of the season in the second inning, a single through the left side, to extend his hitting streak to 20 games, dating back to last season. Junior catcher Adam Weisenburger (Plymouth, Minn.) notched the RedHawks' other hit in the seventh inning, also a single.

The Tigers were led by first baseman Will Lamb, who went 4-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored, while left fielder Jeff Schaus and right fielder Kyle Parker each drove in three runs, as well.

Junior starter Tyler Melling (Bellefontaine, Ohio) received the loss, going 4.2 innings and allowing three runs on six hits, in his season debut. Clemson starter Casey Harman picked up the win, tossing 5.0 innings and allowing just a hit with three strikeouts.

The Tigers jumped on the board in the bottom of the first when a sac fly by Schaus plated designated hitter Chris Epps, who led the off the bottom of the frame with a single. Melling then kept Clemson quiet until the fifth inning, when it tacked on a pair of runs, as Lamb scored on a single by second baseman Mike Freeman and Epps scored on an RBI groundout by Schaus to put the Tigers up 3-0.

Lamb added a tally in the bottom of the seventh with a solo blast to right field and Parker then made it 7-0 later in the stanza with a three-run home run to left-center field. Another single by Lamb in the eighth drove in two more runs and Clemson added another pair later in the inning as the RedHawks lost two pop-ups in the lights, resulting in the Tigers' 11-0 victory.

The RedHawks continue their season-opening three-game swing in South Carolina Saturday with a 4 p.m. contest against Furman at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C.