Even with some players back, we are still playing like shit. I really only felt that Sunday's game was winnable, and it turned out to be the closest loss of the three. I didn't expect us to hit their pitching well and I didn't expect the two starters we had out there Fri/Sat to win it for us. Our defense will apparently never improve.Theres not a whole lot to write about here either, so I won't say too much.
The bright side is that our schedule gets easier for the next month. After a good Coastal Carolina team this week, we have Maryland, BC, and WF the next 3 weekends. Clemson will have a fight on their hands against a gritty BC team, but we can sweep two of these series and should win 2 at BC. We can make a run at the Atlantic if we take care of business, and get our pitching together.
Clemson jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Patrick Johnson Friday night, but after that he shut us down and earned his 6th win by striking out 11 over 7 innings and UNC won 13-3. Scott Weismann got his ass kicked once again, giving up 7 runs over just 4 innings. Haselden came in and between errors, 2 hits and a walk, gave up 4 more and registered only one out. Clemson committed 3 errors on the night, again. One from Hinson, Haselden himself, and another from Stolz. Our infield defense is worse than alot of HS teams.
Phil Pohl was the bright spot on the night, going 2-for-3 with a R and an RBI.
Saturday's game was better, as we tied it at 5-5 in the 7th inning, but we gave up 4 runs in the 8th to lose9-5. We could get people on base all day, but couldn't get them in, between the lack of clutch hitting and bad baserunning. Four Tigers were putout on the basepaths and we left 13 men on base. UNC scored half of their 18 baserunners. John Hinson made his 10th error and 2nd in two days. There were other defensive gaffes that werent registered as errors on both sides.
Dominic Leone did not pitch long, but was good for his 4 innings of work. He gave up only 2 hits. The bullpen stunk this one up for us. Meyer has been solid the last few weeks and got roughed up for 4 runs, Moorefield gave up 2 and youngster Matt Campbell another 2 without registering an out.
UNC's Kent Emanuel gave up plenty of hits -- Clemson finished with 12 -- but always got out of the trouble. Once again, a Tiger batter took strike 3 looking to end a rally in the 7th. Why our guys fail to protect the plate in such situations is beyond me.
Our hitters all had pretty good days in this one as I said. Schaus went 4-for-5, Pohl 2-for-4, Shaffer 2-for-3 and Hinson 2-for-5.
Clemson again outhit UNC but lost 5-4 Sunday afternoon. UNC really played well in the field today and we hit some balls very hard that just went straight at guys. Firth went 6 and gave up 4 runs, 3 earned (another Hinson error, his 3rd of the weekend), while walking 5 and striking out 3. Clemson touched up Chris Munnelly for 7 hits but got only 2 home.
Will Lamb came on in relief later and pitched well again, until leaving the game with the go-ahead run on. Frederick gave up the final game winning hit.