Clemson Downs Virginia in Game 1, 8-1
May 12, 2001
Clemson, SC–Steve Reba allowed just one earned run in seven inningsand Khalil Greene had four hits and four runs batted in, leading 13thranked Clemson to an 8-1 college baseball victory over Virginia atKingsmore Stadium in the first game of a Saturday afternoondoubleheader.
Clemson improved to 35-18 overall and 15-7 in the ACC withthe win, while Virginia fell to 24-27 overall, 9-13 in the ACC.Clemson has now won 30 of the last 31 games against the Cavaliers incontests played at Kingsmore Stadium. Clemson improved to 20-7 underJack Leggett against the Cavaliers.
Reba improved to 10-3 with the victory, becoming the firstACC pitcher to reach the 10-win mark this year. He allowed just sixhits in seven innings, struck out seven and did not walk a batter.He entered the game leading all ACC pitchers in opponent battingaverage with a .190 figure. That figure improved with hisperformance on Saturday and he dropped his ERA to 2.22 for the season.
“I didn’t walk anyone, that is the statistic that stands outto me,” said Reba, a junior right hander from Fort Wayne, IN. “Myfastball was sharp and I got my breaking ball over the plate. Thatled to short counts and a lot of ground ball outs. We had goodbalance between pitching and hitting all day. Khalil Greene wasoutstanding at the plate and gave me an early lead.”
Greene had four hits, including hits ninth home run of theseason as he boosted his batting average over .300 for the season.The Clemson shortstorp also had three singles. Leadoff hitter RyanRiley had three hits and an RBI, while number-nine hitter, KyleFrank, had two hits and drove in a run.
Virginia was led at the plate by David Stone and HunterWyant, who had two hits apiece. Brandon Creswell was the Virginiastarter and loser, as he fell to 7-3 for the season. the Virginiaace allowed five earned runs and 10 hits in his five innings of work.
Clemson took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. With oneout, Michael Johnson and Steve Pyzik recorded consecutive singles toright field. Kyle Frank then singled to center to load the bases.Riley attempted a squeeze bunt, but it was perfectly placed and hereached first base with an RBI single.
Clemson added a second run in the third on a home run byGreene over the left field fence. Virginia made the count 2-1 with arun in the top of the fourth, the Cavs only score of the game. Withtwo out, Wyant reached on an infield single. Jon Benick thenfollowed with an RBI double.
Clemson put the game out of reach with three runs in thebottom of the fourth. Greene had a two-run single to highlight theinning. Clemson added two more in the sixth on three hits, includingan RBI single by Seth Miller and an RBI double by Frank.