Scores & Schedule Close keyboard_arrow_down

Team News

Clemson Tops Liberty 6-2 in Series Finale

February 16, 2020  Clemson, S.C.  RSS
|   Share
Third baseman Ben Highfill hit his first home run of the season, Sunday.

Third baseman Ben Highfill hit his first home run of the season, Sunday.

The Clemson Tigers downed the Liberty Flames 6-2, Sunday afternoon at Kingsmore Stadium. With the win, the Tigers sweep the three-game season-opening series between the two teams.

Liberty tied the contest at 2-2 when third baseman Ben Highfill belted a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning. However, Clemson went on to score four unanswered runs for the victory.

The Flames fall to 0-3 on the year. Clemson moves to 3-0.

Box Score Highlights
Liberty (0-3); Clemson (3-0)
Location: Clemson, S.C. (Kingsmore Stadium)
Attendance: 4,109
WP: Mat Clark (1-0)  | LP: Joe Adametz III (0-1)

Scoring Summary
CLEMSON – 3rd INNING – Hackenberg singles, Meredith and Henderson score, 2-0
LIBERTY – 5th INNING – Highfill homers, Gulakowski scores, 2-2
CLEMSON – 5th INNING – Hackenberg singles, Parker scores, 3-2
CLEMSON – 6th INNING – Henderson singles, Starbuck scores, 4-2
CLEMSON – 7th INNING – Parker homers, 5-2
CLEMSON – 8th INNING – Henderson flies out, Teodosio scores, 6-2

Notable Numbers
- Clemson had 12 hits in the contest. Liberty had five. Neither team committed an error.

- The Flames left four men on base, while the Tigers left nine.

- Highfill's home run was the first hit by a Flame, this season.

- Liberty starting pitcher Joe Adametz III allowed three runs on eight hits in 4 2/3-plus innings. He struck out five and walked one.

- Third baseman James Parker had three hits in the contest for Clemson, including his first home run of 2020.

- Catcher Adam Hackenberg also had three hits for the Tigers and drove in three runs.

Turning Point
After tying the contest at 2-2 on Highfill's home run earlier in the inning, the Flames moved a runner to third base with one out in the fifth. However, Clemson reliever Mat Clark retired the next two batters to strand the run and end the inning.

In the bottom of the frame, the Tigers went back in front, scoring a run on back-to-back, two-out singles.

Beyond the Box Score
- Highfill's home run was the third of his career. The senior last hit a home run on April 23, 2019 at Virginia.

- Senior reliever Garret Price made the 75th appearance of his career in the contest, tying him with Tim John (2004-07) for seventh all-time in program history.

Up Next
The Flames return to Lynchburg for their 2020 home opener on Tuesday. Liberty will host the Radford Highlanders at Worthington Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.