JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ Ben Paulsen
broke a 3-3 tie with a grand-slam in the seventh inning and Clemson
went on to rout Georgia Tech 10-4 Saturday in the Atlantic Coast
Conference baseball tournament.
Paulsen's homer, his 13th of the season, broke a 0-for-16 streak
at the plate in two ACC tournament appearances, and was his first
career hit at Clemson with the bases loaded.
Paulsen hit the homer off relief pitcher Zach Von Tersch (7-5),
who took the loss. Ryan Hinson (3-5), the second of four Clemson
pitchers, got the victory for two and one-third innings of work.
The Tigers (31-27-1) also got a two-run homer from Jeff Schaus
in the third inning, his third of the year, and a solo homer from
Wilson Boyd in the sixth. Boyd's homer, his eleventh of the year,
tied the score at 3-3.
Clemson added three runs in the top of the ninth, highlighted by
a run-scoring double by Mike Freeman.
Georgia Tech (39-19), took a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning on
Thomas Nichols' two-run homer, his seventh of the year.
Although Clemson had already been eliminated from Sunday's
championship game, the Tigers made a stronger case for receiving an
NCAA tournament bid next week. The Tigers have played in 21
consecutive regional tournaments, the third-longest active streak
in the nation behind Miami and Florida State.
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