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Tigers cap weekend with rally at Maryland

CLEMSON — Don’t look now, but it appears the Clemson baseball team is starting to make its usual push towards the postseason.

The Tigers (18-8, 6-6 ACC) moved into second place in the ACC’s Atlantic Division following Sunday’s 6-2 victory over Maryland in College Park, Md. It was Clemson’s ninth win in its last 11 games and it gave the Tigers their second straight series victory. Clemson will try to keep its hot streak going tonight when it faces Georgia in Athens, Ga. for the first of two games. The two teams will meet Wednesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.

Tonight’s game is a p.m. start, and Wednesday’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

Clemson got its win over the Terrapins (14-13, 3-9) on Sunday when Stan Widmann, who suffered an injured shoulder in the series, made his first career appearance off the bench a memorable one as his eighth-inning sacrifice fly scored the go-ahead run.

The Tigers added three insurance runs in the ninth to secure the victory. Junior lefthander Ryan Hinson (2-3) pitched seven solid innings, allowing six hits, two runs, and a career-high eight strikeouts to earn the win. Casey Harman and Matt Vaughn both pitched perfect innings in relief to close out the game. Maryland reliever Tim Kearney (0-1) suffered the loss.

Hinson’s efforts, coupled with a brief outing from earlier in the week against Elon, allowed the lefty to earn ACC Pitcher of the Week honors. It was the second straight week a Clemson pitcher earned such an honor. Last week Graham Stoneburner was named the league’s top pitcher.

Hinson (2-3, 4.75 ERA) picked up a save and victory in two outings last week. In the second game against Elon last Wednesday, he pitched two perfect innings in relief with three strikeouts in a close game to preserve Clemson’s 2-1 win and earn a save. For the week, Hinson pitched nine innings allowing just six hits, two runs, and one walk while striking out 11.