The Tigers, who took a 1-0 series lead, improved to 30-15, while the Bulldogs dropped to 28-15-1. With the victory, Clemson reached the 30-win mark for the 37th year in a row.
Tiger starter Dominic Leone (4-1) pitched 7.0 strong innings to earn the win. He
allowed just two hits, one run, and one walk with eight strikeouts against a team
that entered the week sixth in the nation in batting average (.323).
Kyle Paeplow (3-2), the first of three Bulldog pitchers, suffered the loss. He
yielded six hits, six runs, and six walks with three strikeouts in 6.0 innings
pitched. Gardner-Webb pitchers combined for 10 walks in the contest.
The Tigers took the game's first lead in the third inning. John Hinson led off with
a single to left and stole second. Phil Pohl hit a comebacker to Paeplow as Hinson
took off for third. The throw was offline and Hinson slid in safely (in what would
have been a close play with a more accurate throw) as Pohl reached on the fielder's
choice. After Brad Miller walked to load the bases with no outs, Richie Shaffer
laced a double to left-center to score Hinson, Pohl, and Miller. Two batters later,
Will Lamb's groundout moved Shaffer to third. After Spencer Kieboom walked with two
outs, Shaffer scored on a wild pitch. Chris Epps followed with another walk and
Jason Stolz blooped a single to right field to plate Kieboom and give the Tigers a
In the fourth inning, Pohl led off with a double over the third-base bag on a 1-2
pitch. Two batters later, Shaffer's one-out, bloop single to center advanced Pohl
to third, then Jeff Schaus lofted a sacrifice fly to right-center to score Pohl.
The Bulldogs dented the scoreboard in the fifth inning. John Harris lined a two-out
single to right field, Gardner-Webb's first hit of the game, and scored on Aaron
Miller's triple to left-center.
Clemson added to its lead with seven runs in the seventh inning. Schaus led off
with a walk and Lamb lined a single to left field to extend his hitting streak to 20
games. Kieboom followed with a bloop single to center on a 1-2 pitch to load the
bases with no outs. Epps walked to bring home Schaus, then Kieboom hit a sacrifice
fly to right-center to score Lamb. Hinson followed with a single through the right
side to plate Kieboom. After both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch,
pinch-hitter Mike Dunster grounded a double over the third-base bag to score Epps
and Hinson. Miller and pinch-hitter Jon McGibbon both walked to reload the bases,
then pinch-hitter Joe Costigan belted a single to center to score Dunster and
Shaffer led Clemson's 11-hit attack by going 2-for-4 with a three-run double and
steal. Hinson went 2-for-5 with two runs and a steal, while Brad Miller went
1-for-2 with a double, two runs, three walks, and two stolen bases. Lamb's 20-game
hitting streak is the Tigers' 19th of 20 games or more in school history.
Aaron Miller had two of the Bulldogs' five hits and the team's lone RBI.
Clemson and Gardner-Webb will play the second game of the doubleheader at 6:00 PM.
Tigers top Gardner-Webb in game one
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