Feb. 25, 2011
CLEMSON, S.C. - On the opening day of the First Pitch Invitational, Clemson University scored in each of the first seven innings to defeat the University of Cincinnati baseball team 15-4 on Friday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Trailing 8-0, the Bearcats (1-3, 0-0 BIG EAST) scored their first run in the fifth inning when LF Ronald Cotton (Florence, Ky./Boone County) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. On the next at-bat, CF Jake Proctor (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) hit a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield to score UC's second run.
The Bearcats found themselves pitching from the stretch position most of the game as Clemson (3-1, 0-0 ACC) leadoff batters reached base six out of the first seven innings.
The Tigers scored five runs off of starter Brad Mergen (Albany, Minn./Albany), before he was pulled with two on and no outs in the second inning. He was replaced by LHP Thomas Gentile (Westerville, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales), who allowed four runs and struck out one in two innings.
Clemson starting pitcher Scott Weismann was dominant early, retiring UC's first 10 batters. Cincinnati received its first base runner of the game with one out in the fourth when shortstop Chris Peters (Tipp City, Ohio/Tipp City) doubled down the leftfield line.
Senior RHP Dan Jensen (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) will take the mound for UC when the Bearcats play Charleston Southern at 7 p.m. Saturday at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C.