In their last regular-season home game, the Tigers improved to 37-16 on the season. The Wildcats ended their season with an 18-30 record.
The Tigers put on an offensive show, as Clemson tied its season high for runs and
tied a school record with a .523 batting average (23-for-44) in the game. It tied
Clemson's performance against Georgia Southern on March 12, 2002, when the Tigers
were also 23-for-44 that day. The Tigers scored at least one run in all eight
innings in which they batted as well.
Clemson's five pitchers combined for the team's sixth team shutout of the season.
They also allowed just two Wildcats to advance past first base and none advanced
past second base. They gave up seven hits (all singles) and two walks with 11
strikeouts as well.
Freshman righthander Kevin Pohle (5-1) pitched 5.0 scoreless innings in a starting
role to earn the win. He yielded six hits and one walk with four strikeouts.
Sophomore righty Kevin Brady made his first appearance since March 6 after suffering
an arm injury. Seventy-two days after his last outing, Brady pitched a perfect sixth
inning with one strikeout. Lamb pitched a perfect seventh inning with two
strikeouts, while Scott Firth and Matt Campbell each pitched a scoreless inning to
close out the game.
Brian Russell (2-4), the first of seven Davidson pitchers, suffered the loss. He
surrendered four hits, three runs, and three walks in 0.2 innings pitched.
The Tigers wasted little time taking the game's first lead in the first inning. John
Hinson led off with a single up the middle and Phil Pohl walked. After both runners
moved up a base on a steal, Brad Miller grounded out to second to plate Hinson. Lamb
followed with a single to right field to score Pohl. After Lamb was caught stealing
at second base for out #2, Richie Shaffer walked and advanced to second on a wild
pitch. Jeff Schaus then lined a single to center to score Shaffer.
During the bottom of the first inning, inclement weather, which had pushed the start
time back 83 minutes to 7:53 PM, forced another delay at 8:19 PM that halted play
for 127 minutes. Play resumed at 10:26 PM.
In the second inning, Miller was hit-by-pitch with two outs and went to third base
on Lamb's single down the left-field line. Shaffer followed with a towering
three-run homer to left-center, his eighth long ball of the season.
Chris Epps added to Clemson's lead with a solo homer to right-center in the third,
his seventh home run of the season.
In the fourth inning, Lamb grounded a one-out single through the right side and
Shaffer laced a single to left field. Schaus followed with a single up the middle to
score Lamb, then Epps belted a triple to right field to score Shaffer and Schaus.
Spencer Kieboom lined a single to right field to score Epps.
Clemson kept the pressure on in the fifth inning. Steve Wilkerson led off with a
single through the left side on a 1-2 pitch and went to third on Lamb's single
through the right side. Pinch-hitter Jon McGibbon drove home Wilkerson with a
sacrifice fly to center.
In the sixth inning, Mike Dunster drew a one-out walk. Two batters later, Joe
Costigan walked with two outs, then Wilkerson walked to load the bases. Lamb laced a
double down the left-field line to score Dunster and Costigan, then McGibbon lined a
single to right-center to plate Wilkerson and Lamb.
In the seventh inning, pinch-hitter Dominic Attanasio singled up the middle and went
to second on Dunster's single through the left side. After both runners moved up a
base on Kevin Caughman's groundout, Addison Johnson reached on a two-out fielding
error that allowed Attanasio and Dunster to score.
In the eighth inning, McGibbon reached on a one-out, infield single. Two batters
later, Epps, who was a double short of the cycle at the time, lined a two-out single
that one-hopped right-fielder Sam Payne. Payne booted the ball and Epps advanced to
second on the error as McGibbon scored.
After a leadoff single in the ninth inning by J.P. Craven, the next three Wildcats
were retired in the game that ended at 1:05 AM.
Ten different Tigers had at least one hit, including seven with at least two hits.
Lamb set a career-high for hits in a game, as he went 5-for-5 with a double, three
RBIs, and three runs. In his last regular-season home game, Epps, a senior, also
established a career high for hits, as he went 4-for-6 with a triple, homer, three
RBIs, and two runs. Hinson went 3-for-4, while Shaffer went 2-for-2 with a homer,
three RBIs, three runs, and one walk.
Drew Gadaire had a team-high two hits for the Wildcats, who amassed seven hits in
Clemson will travel to Tallahassee, FL to take on #4 Florida State in a three-game
series starting Thursday at 6:00 PM.
Tigers hammer Davidson
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