No. 16 Clemson Takes Series From Baseball

UABSPORTS.COM Michael Busby fired a career-high 6.1 innings in a no decision vs. Clemson
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Michael Busby fired a career-high 6.1 innings in a no decision vs. Clemson
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Feb. 18, 2012

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CLEMSON, S.C. ---- The UAB baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader, 6-1 and 7-4, against No. 16 Clemson on Saturday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

The Blazers trailed throughout the entirety of game one, but used an efficient and effective game two from starter Michael Busby to own the lead through six innings. Unfortunately, it would be all lost as Clemson crossed home once in the seventh and five more times in the eighth and held on to sweep the twinbill and claim the series.

"I told the guys to be balanced and to not walk out of here with their heads down," head coach Brian Shoop said.  "This is a program (Clemson) that wins over 80 percent of its home games, a team that is picked to win the ACC and a team that is ranked 16th in the country.

"You could certainly make the case that we could have won the series.  On the other hand, I told them not to walk out of here content with winning one."

UAB is back on the diamond on Tues., Feb. 21 at Alabama State.  First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT.

Game 1: #16 Clemson 6, UAB 1
Clemson had five players post multi-hit games and starter Dominic Leone (1-0) threw 6.0 shutout innings as Tigers defeated UAB 6-1 in game one of the doubleheader.

The Blazers received two-hit games from John Frost and Tyler Mims and the bullpen allowed just one run over the final 4.1 innings as highlights in the loss.

CU scored two in the first and two more in the third off Ben Bullard (0-1) thanks to two-run homers from Richie Shaffer and Brad Felder.

The home squad tacked on another run in the fourth on a RBI single from Felder which chased Bullard from the ball game in favor of Tanner Bryant.

Bryant, who escaped a jam in the fourth, got in trouble in the sixth.  With runners on second and third and one down he dogded the Tigers scoring opportunity by posting back-to-back punch outs to end the inning.

The Blazers pushed across their lone run of the game when Frost plated pinch runner Chase Davis with a RBI base knock in the top of the eighth.

UAB had difficulty keeping the leadoff batters off the base paths.  In seven of the eight Clemson at-bats, the first batter of the inning reached safely.

Game 2: #16 Clemson 7, UAB 4
Senior Michael Busby put forth an excellent two-way effort both on the mound in the batter's box in game two with the Tigers.  His strong performance was spoiled as Clemson snapped a 2-2 tie with five runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the game and the series.

Busby fired a career-high 6.1 innings, scattering five hits with a pair of walks and strikeouts.  The Vicksburg, Miss., native allowed just two runs (one earned) to round out his final pitching stat line as he did not figure in the decision.

At the dish, Busby did his part as well going 2-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored.

"Busby was great.  What you have in Michael is very similar to what you have in Dillon (Napoleon) in that they have a very good balance of composure and competitiveness," Shoop said.  "They are very competitive and don't get rattled.  They just keep coming at you and they can get out of jams.  Michael threw plenty good enough to win."

German continued to swing a hot bat (2-for-4) when he singled with the bases loaded with what appeared to be a two-run base hit.  Busby came home on the play, but CU center fielder Thomas Brittle came up firing to gun down Jeff Schalk at the plate.

For the series, German finished 5-for-7 (.714) with a pair of doubles.

An inning later, the Blazers upped the score to 2-0, when Patrick Palmeiro brought home Coy Arrowood on a groundout.

Through the first four frames, Busby was on cruise control as he retired 11 batters in a row after giving up back-to-back singles to start the game.

The Tigers finally broke up the string of Busby zeros in the fifth and later tied the score in the seventh on a solo blast from catcher Phil Pohl.  Following the homer, Busby walked a batter and allowed a sac bunt before being lifted for freshman Dylan Munger (0-1).  In his first collegiate outing, Munger retired his first two batters to keep the game tied.

In eighth inning proved to be the downfall for UAB as Clemson scored five times off just two hits against three UAB pitchers to take a commanding 7-2 lead into the ninth.

The Green and Gold made things interesting in the last stanza, scoring twice but came up short in the loss.

Ivan De Jesus added a 3-for-5 day for the Blazers.

UAB outhit the Tigers, 12 to 7, but stranded nine base runners and had four runners thrown out on the base paths.