CLEMSON, S.C. -- Kyle Silva (Warwick, R.I.) belted a three-run double in the top of the fifth inning, but the University of Maine baseball team was unable to hang on and fell to 13th ranked Clemson 13-3 on Saturday afternoon. It was the second in a three-game series for the two teams.
Maine falls to 1-4 on the season, while Clemson improves to 4-1.
The Tigers struck first with a run in the bottom of the third inning. Tyler Slaton singled to third base and scored on a wild pitch. Clemson added to its lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when Jon McGibbon walked and scored when Slaton singled.
Maine took the lead in the top of the fifth inning. Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) doubled and Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario), who finished with three hits in the game, singled. Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) reached on catcher's interference to load the bases. Silvan the ripped a bases clearing double.
Clemson scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to regain the lead. Garrett Boulware singled and Steven Duggar followed with a single as well. Boulware scored on a Chris Okey sacrifice fly and Dugggar scored when Jay Baum singled.
The Tigers added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and then scored three more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to extend their lead to 9-3. Clemson scored four more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, highlighted by a three-run home run by Weston Wilson, to make it a 13-3 final.
Jake Marks (Sarnia, Ontario) went four innings on the mound and allowed three runs on six hits for the Black Bears. Logan Fullmer (Lebanon, Pa.) allowed three runs on four hits over one inning. He suffers the loss. He was replaced by Charlie Butler (Marlborough, Mass.) who allowed three runs, none of which were earned, on four hits over two innings. Burk FitzPatrick (Berwyn, Pa.) allowed four runs on four hits over one inning.
Matthew Crownover got the start for Clemson and improve to 2-0 on the season. He allowed three runs, none of which were earned, on eight hits over five innings.
The two teams finish their three-game series on Sunday, Feb. 23. First pitch is scheduled for 12 noon.