Originally created 02/25/02

Baseball: Clemson 6, Auburn 5



CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson stopped Auburn's rally in the ninth inning for a 6-5 victory Sunday and an opening sweep at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Catcher Collin Mahoney hit his first career home run for Clemson (3-0) in the bottom of the third to tie the game at 1-1.

Auburn's Shawn Gamble homered to tie the score at 2-2 in the seventh inning.

Clemson was trailing 4-2 and bases were loaded in the eighth when Khalil Greene drew a walk to bring in a run. Then Jeff Baker's line drive to right field cleared the bases, giving Clemson a 6-4 lead heading into the ninth.

Auburn (7-4) had bases loaded in the top of the ninth with no outs. An infield single scored one run, but on the next batter, Clemson got a force out at home then a double play ended the rally.

Jarrod Schmidt (1-0) gave up one hit and two runs in one inning of work, but still picked up the win for Clemson. Ken Clayton (0-1) also gave up two runs on one hit in one inning to get the loss Auburn.