Saturday Clemson Baseball Notebook

CLEMSON - Like a pair of heavyweight prize fighters, Clemson and Coastal Carolina exchanged blows through seven innings on Saturday night.

But the flood gates opened in eighth as the Tigers cruised to a 12-7 win.

LIGHT ‘EM UP: Coastal Carolina's pitching staff entered the tournament with a 2.85 ERA and a .228 opponent batting average.

In 61 games this season the Chanticleers had given up 12 or more runs only two other times, and both of those were in February, a 17-0 loss to California and a 12-3 loss to N.C. State.

"Tonight, as a team, we had a good approach at the plate," Hinson said.

On Saturday, Clemson put up two runs in each of the first three innings and four more in the eighth.

"When they made a mistake, we made them pay," Schaus said. "Then, when you do that, they get a little more timid."

STANDING EIGHT COUNT: Heading into the eighth with an 8-5 lead, Clemson sent nine batters to the plate and poured on four runs.

John Hinson cranked a two-run home run off the batting cage roof, Will Lamb hit an RBI tripled and was platted on a Richie Shaffer single.

"We're hitting well as a team and doing what we needed to do to win," Hinson said.

DUCKS ON THE POND: Coastal Carolina second baseman Tommy La Stella strolled to the plate with runners on base in each of his first three at-bats.

In the first, La Stella hit a two-run home run to centerfield. He plated Scott Woodward in the third with a ground-rule double into the seats in front of the Cajun Café. La Stella singled through the right-side in the fifth, which advanced Rich Witten to third.

Witten was gunned down at second by Jeff Schaus after singling off the leftfield wall in the seventh.

"I got a perfect bounce. I just turned and threw it, and hoped for the best. I've been out there for four years, so I should know the wall pretty well," Schaus said. "It bounced right to me. I was fortunate that it did."

With two outs and no runners on, La Stella grounded out to second, and Clemson kept the lead at 8-5. Top Stories