BOX SCORE: Clemson 5 Coastal Carolina 4
Freshman pinch-hitter Dominic Attanasio tied the score with a run-scoring double in
the ninth inning, then freshman pinch-hitter Jon McGibbon's single in the 10th
inning scored Brad Miller for the winning run in Clemson's 5-4 win over Coastal
Carolina at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday night. The Tigers, who won their first
one-run game of the season in their first extra-inning game of the year, improved to
15-12 overall. The Chanticleers fell to 18-11 overall in their 12th one-run game of
The victory was Jack Leggett's 1,161th as a head coach, tying him for 16th place on
the all-time wins list by a head coach at a Division I school. He tied the late Bill
Wilhelm and Norm DeBriyn (Arkansas) on the wins list. Wilhelm totaled 1,161 wins in
36 seasons at Clemson from 1958-93, preceeding Leggett as head coach in Tigertown.
Leggett served two seasons (1992,93) as an assistant coach under Wilhelm, who passed
away on December 24, 2010.
Coastal Carolina broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the top of the fourth inning, then
the Tigers answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth to narrow the
Chanticleers' lead to 4-3. But neither team scored again until the ninth inning.
Will Lamb hit a one-out triple in the ninth inning and scored on Attanasio's one-out
double to left field before McGibbon's one-out, bases-loaded single to center plated
Miller and gave Clemson its first walkoff hit since 2009.
The Tigers also received a stellar defensive effort from Miller at shortstop, who
did not start in the field in the previous 14 games due to a broken finger. He made
three stellar defensive plays to rob Chanticleers of groundball hits, while
first-baseman Richie Shaffer also made a diving stop of a grounder to rob another
Coastal Carolina player of a hit. Neither team committed an error in the game, while
Clemson totaled 30 putouts and 18 assists.
David Haselden (2-1) pitched the final 7.0 innings to earn the win. In his
career-long outing, he allowed just two hits, no runs, and two walks (one of which
was intentional) with three strikeouts in throwing only 72 pitches. During one
stretch, Haselden retired 16 of 17 batters, including 10 in a row.
Jordan Coons (1-3), the last of five Chanticleer pitchers, suffered the loss. He
yielded two hits and one run in 0.1 innings pitched.
The Chanticleers took the game's first lead in the top of the second inning. Daniel
Bowman led off with a double to center, moved to third on Taylor Motter's groundout
to second, and scored on Tucker Frawley's groundout to second.
Clemson responded with a run in the bottom of the second inning. Shaffer led off
with a single to left field and moved to second on Miller's single up the middle.
Shaffer was retired at third base on Chris Epps' bunt, then Miller and Epps both
stole a base. Spencer Kieboom's sacrifice fly to left plated Miller.
Coastal Carolina retook the lead in the top of the third inning when Keith Hardwick
lofted a home run to left field, his second long ball of the season.
But for the second inning in a row, Clemson answered right back to tie the score in
the bottom of the third. John Hinson hit a one-out double down the left-field line.
Two batters later, Jeff Schaus lined a two-out single to right field to score
In the top of the fourth inning, Bowman led off with another double, this time to
right field. Motter followed with a double to left-center to score Bowman, then
Frawley drove home Motter with a single up the middle.
Shaffer led off the bottom of the fourth with a triple off the centerfield wall. Two
batters later, Shaffer scored on Epps' groundout to second.
After Clemson drew a leadoff walk in the fifth inning, left the bases loaded after a
leadoff single in the sixth inning, and stranded a runner on second base after a
leadoff single in the seventh, all without scoring, Schaus led off the eighth inning
with a double to left-center. But the next three Tigers were retired to keep Coastal
Carolina ahead 4-3.
In the ninth inning, Lamb hit a one-out triple to left-center. Attanasio came off
the bench and tied the score with a line-drive double to left field to score Lamb.
After Hinson was intentionally walked, Phil Pohl grounded out to the pitcher for out
No. 2 as the two runners moved up a base. Schaus was also intentionally walked to load
the bases, but Shaffer fouled out to send the game into extra innings.
Miller led off the 10th inning with a single through the right side, then Epps was
hit by a 1-2 pitch. Kieboom struck out when he fouled off a two-strike pitch on an
attempted bunt, but Miller and Epps still moved up a base on a wild pitch on the
first pitch to Lamb. The Chanticleers decided to intentionally walk Lamb to load the
bases with one out, then on a 3-2 pitch to McGibbon, he lined a single to center to
score Miller for the winning run.
Miller went 2-for-4 with two runs, a walk, and steal to lead Clemson, who outhit the
Chanticleers 12-8 and put seven leadoff batters on base, including six in the last
seven innings. Schaus went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI, and walk, Shaffer went
2-for-5 with a triple and run, and Lamb went 2-for-3 with a triple, run, and two
Scott Woodward and Bowman had two hits apiece to pace Coastal Carolina.
Clemson will host Western Carolina at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday at 6:30 PM.
Clemson tops Coastal in extras
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