May 10, 1997

No. 23 Clemson Baseball Defeats California 15-3

CLEMSON, S.C. - Senior Gary Burnham extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a 3-4 performance including a grand slam as the 23rd ranked Clemson Tigers defeated California 15-3 in baseball action at Tiger Field on Saturday night.

Clemson improves to 37-18, while California falls to 20-38.

Clemson will face California in the Tigers final regular season home game of the season on Sunday beginning at 2:00pm. In honor of Mother's Day, mothers will be admitted for free to Tiger Field. At 1:45pm, Clemson will recognize its 1997 graduates and seniors, as well as the parents of all the Tiger players.

Clemson starter Matt White (3-2) recorded his second complete game of the season and held the Bears to two earned runs. He struck out a career high 10 batters, while only walking three. Reliever Doug Nickle (3-5) took the loss for California.

It was an all around good night for the Tiger starters as everyone collected a hit and everyone scored a run. After two games in the series, Clemson has seven home runs to its credit.

On the night, Burnham had five RBI and three runs in leading Clemson past the Bears. The grand slam was his second of the season and came in the fourth inning with Clemson leading 3-2. The home run was crushed over the left field fence and was his 11th of the season.

The Tigers scored seven insurance runs in the seventh inning as 13 batters came to the plate to face California reliever Jason Ball. Clemson scored the runs on a series of extra base hits. Eric DeMoura hit a double to left centerfield to plate Brian Holstad to get the scoring started. DeMoura has 12 RBI in the last five games and would score on a single by Burnham.

Clemson added two more runs when Matthew LeCroy hit his third home run of the series to plate Burnham. With 21 home runs in 1997, LeCroy now has 50 home runs in his Clemson career and is two shy of tying the Clemson career record which is held by Jim McCollom.

Jason Embler singled and scored on Kurt Bultmann's 14th home run of the season off the scoreboard in right centerfield. After a walk to Henri Stanley, Nathan Broome tripled to bring Stanley home and round out the scoring in the seventh inning.

California started the scoring in the first inning with a solo home run by shortstop Brian Oliver.

The Bears picked up another run in the third when the leadoff batter Ivan Lewis walked and advanced to second on another walk issued to John Furstenthal. Both players moved up a base on a double-steal and Lewis scored when Aaron Gordnier grounded out to shortstop. Juan Hernandez scored in the seventh inning to finish the California scoring on the night.