Originally created 02/27/06

Clemson, Mercer split doubleheader



CLEMSON, S.C. - Three unearned runs in the eighth were all Mercer needed to beat Clemson 3-2 in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday.

The Tigers came back with seven doubles to win the second game 9-4.

In the first game, Clemson (5-1) led 1-0 going into the eighth. Jason Lowey's single drove in a run and Steve Karwatt followed with a two-run single to give the Bears (9-4) a 3-1 lead.

Clemson loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth, and Andy D'Alessio drove in a run to cut the deficit to 3-2. But Mercer's Andrew Urena struck out Ben Hall with the bases loaded to end the threat.

Bears starter Shawn Barrett (2-0) allowed three hits and struck out five over seven innings to get the win. Urena struck out three, walked one and allowed no hits to pick up his fourth save.

Clemson's Daniel Moskos (0-1) allowed the winning single to get the loss.

In the second game, D'Alessio went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs.

The Bears took a 1-0 lead in the first when Sean McCahill, who got on base with a leadoff double, scored on a groundout.

The Tigers responded with three in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly and a two-run double by D'Alessio.

Clemson had four doubles in the fifth to score four runs and take a 7-2 lead.

Tiger starter Josh Cribb (2-0) allowed five hits and three runs in six innings to get the win.

Mercer starter Hunter Abercrombie (3-1) allowed eight runs and ten hits in just under five innings to pick up the loss.