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April 3, 1998

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Clemson scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the ninth inning to post a 9-7 victory over the University of Virginia baseball team. The loss spoiled a landmark day for Cavalier senior outfielder E.J. Anderson (Mechanicsville, Va.), who broke the all-time UVa home run record with a three-run blast in the bottom of the seventh inning. Anderson’s home run to right center, his seventh of the season and the 34th of his career, tied up the game at 7-7. Virginia falls to 17-12-1 overall and 3-9 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Clemson improves to 30-4 and 6-1 in the ACC.

With the score tied at 7-7 after eight innings, Clemson’s Peter Nystrom reached on an error to lead off the top of the ninth. After Justin Singleton drew a walk to give the Tigers runners of first and second, Derek Borgert reached on an error which allowed both runners to score and give Clemson a 9-7 lead. The Tigers could not score any more runs in the inning, but Virginia went down in order in the ninth to end the game.

Clemson’s offensive attack was led by Patrick Boyd, who went 4-for-6 with a double and two RBI. In addition, both Nystrom and Borgert hit solo home runs for the Tigers. UVa sophomore shortstop Tim LaVigne (Virginia Beach, Va.) led all players with three hits, as he went 3-for-4 with a triple. Sophomore catcher Josh Bowling (Springfield, Va.) added a solo homer for the Cavaliers.

The Tigers jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after two innings, with one run in the first and three in the second. Kurt Bultmann hit an RBI sacrifice fly in the first, while both Singleton and Boyd had RBI singles in the second. Virginia scored its first run in the third, when LaVigne tripled and scored on an RBI groundout by freshman first baseman Hunter Wyant (White Hall, Va.). Clemson added a run in the top of the fourth on Borgert’s solo homer, then UVa scored once in the bottom of the inning as senior second baseman Ryan Gilleland (Forest, Va.) doubled and scored on an RBI double by junior outfielder Julian Gonzalez (Avon Park, Fla.).

Clemson added a run in the sixth, as Doug Roper singled and came around to score on an RBI double by Boyd. The Tigers then made the score 7-2 on Nystrom’s solo homer in the top of the seventh. Virginia then mounted its comeback attempt in the bottom of the seventh, beginning with Bowling’s solo home run. Wyant then doubled, after which senior outfielder Jon Kemmerer (Reston, Va.) drew a walk and senior third baseman Brian Sherlock (Medford, N.J.) hit an RBI single. Anderson then belted his three-run homer to tie the score at 7-7.

Righthander Scott Clackum picked up the win for Clemson, throwing 2-1/3 innings of scoreless relief and allowing only one hit with five strikeouts. Sophomore righthander Kevin Shrout (Murrysville, Pa.) took a tough loss for the Cavaliers, allowing no earned runs and no hits in two innings of relief, while striking out four.

Virginia and Clemson will continue their three-game series with a 2:00 p.m. game tomorrow, Apr. 4.

Clemson 9, Virginia 7

R H EClemson (30-4) 1 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 2 – 9 16 0UVa (17-12-1) 0 0 1 1 0 0 5 0 0 – 7 13 2

CU: Mike Paradis, Matt Additon (7), Mike Proto (7), Scott Clackum (7) and Derek Borgert; UVa: Casey Kennedy, Tommy Keiper (7), Kevin Shrout (8) and Josh Bowling; 2B: Patrick Boyd (CU), Peter Nystrom (CU), Hunter Wyant (UVa), Ryan Gilleland (UVa), Julian Gonzalez (UVa); 3B: Tim LaVigne (UVa); HR: Peter Nystrom (CU), Derek Borgert (CU), E.J. Anderson (UVa), Josh Bowling (UVa).Win: Clackum (5-0); Loss: Shrout (4-2).

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