BOX SCORE: Clemson 12 College of Charleston 3
Behind 13 hits and 7.0 scoreless innings pitched from starter Kevin Pohle, Clemson
defeated College of Charleston 12-3 in front of 4,382 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium
on Sunday night. The Tigers, who took a 2-0 series lead, improved to 28-19, while
the Cougars dropped to 31-15. Clemson also upped its all-time record against College
of Charleston to 23-0.
The Tigers scored two runs in the fifth inning to take a 4-0 lead, then they blew
the game open with eight runs on seven hits in the seventh inning. The eight runs
were the most in a frame by Clemson in 2012, besting its previous high of six runs.
All nine Tiger starters scored at least one run in the contest as well.
Pohle (5-2) tied his career high for innings pitched and strikeouts (5) to earn the
win. He also allowed six hits and one walk. Clay Bates retired all six batters he
faced to close out the game.
College of Charleston starter Josh Renfro (6-5) suffered the loss, as he yielded six
hits, four runs (three earned), and three walks with two strikeouts in 4.0 innings
The Tigers took the game's first lead in the second inning thanks to a Cougar error.
Jay Baum drew a one-out walk on four pitches and Jon McGibbon lined a single to
right field to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Spencer Kieboom followed with
a potential inning-ending, double-play grounder to shortstop Bradley Goodson, but he
booted the ball and Baum scored from second base.
Clemson doubled its lead in the fourth inning. Baum led off with a walk, moved to
second on McGibbon's sacrifice bunt, and advanced to third on Kieboom's flyout to
right. Brad Felder followed with a two-out, infield single to score Baum.
In the top of the fifth inning, Jimmy Holton led off with a single up the middle and
Marty Gantt followed with a walk after being down in the count 1-2. Goodson hit a
sharp grounder headed for centerfield, but shortstop Jason Stolz made a diving stop
and started a 6-4-3 double play. Brandon Murray then grounded out to first to end
Steve Wilkerson led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a walk on six pitches
and moved to second on a wild pitch. Thomas Brittle followed with a single to
left-center to score Wilkerson. Richie Shaffer lined a single to left field to
advance Brittle to third, then Phil Pohl grounded into a double play that enabled
Brittle to score.
Clemson added eight runs to its lead in the seventh inning. Wilkerson led off with a
triple over the first-base bag and Brittle followed with another triple in the
identical spot to score Wilkerson. Shaffer flared a single to right-center to plate
Brittle, then Pohl singled to left-center. After Shaffer and Pohl moved up a base on
Baum's sacrifice bunt, McGibbon walked to load the bases. Kieboom then belted a 1-2
pitch down the left-field line for a double to score Shaffer and Pohl. Felder popped
a ball up in shallow right-center that fell for a single to score McGibbon, then
Stolz bounced a single over third-baseman Brandon Glazer to plate Kieboom. Felder
also scored on the play on a throwing error by Murray in left. Stolz later scored on
a wild pitch.
In the eighth inning, Gantt led off with a walk and Goodson reached on an infield
single. Murray then blasted a three-run homer down the right-field line, his 11th
long ball of the season.
Brittle and Shaffer led Clemson's 13-hit attack with three hits apiece. Brittle went
3-for-5 with a triple, two RBIs, and two runs. He also extended his hitting streak
to 20 games. It became the 20th hitting streak of 20 games or more in school
history, while he became the 19th Tiger in history to tally a hitting streak of at
least 20 games. Shaffer went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI, while Felder went
2-for-3 with two RBIs and a walk.
Holton paced the Cougars' eight-hit performance with a team-high two hits.
Clemson and College of Charleston will play game-three of the three-game series on
Monday at 4:00 PM.
Tigers crush College of Charleston
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