The Tigers, who moved into the winners' bracket, improved to 34-26 on the season. The Chanticleers, who fell into the losers' bracket, dropped to 41-18 in 2012.
The Tigers jumped out to a 6-0 lead, capped by Pohl's grand slam with two outs in
the second inning. In fact, each of Clemson's first eight runs were scored on
two-out hits. The Tigers escaped several jams in the latter innings and cruised to
an eight-run victory. It was Clemson's 2,600th win in program history. Clemson,
who won its eighth regional-opener in a row, became the ninth Division I program to
reach the 2,600-win mark.
Kevin Pohle (7-4) earned his team-high seventh win by tossing 5.0 effective innings
in a starting role. He allowed four hits and two runs with one strikeout. David
Haselden gave up three hits and one run in the final 4.0 innings pitched to record
his first save of the season. Pohle and Haselden combined to strand 12 Chanticleers
on base and only allowed three of their 16 baserunners to score.
Austin Wallace (5-1), the first of four Coastal Carolina pitchers, suffered the
loss. He yielded six hits and six runs in 2.0 innings pitched.
The Tigers grabbed the game's first lead in the first inning. With two outs, Richie
Shaffer lofted a flyball to shallow right field that fell for a double, then Pohl
flared a single to left field to score Shaffer.
In the second inning, Brad Felder grounded a one-out single through the right side
and Jason Stolz walked. Two batters later with two outs, Thomas Brittle reached on
an infield single to first. Felder never stopped from second and scored on the
play. After Shaffer walked to load the bases, Pohl belted a grand slam down the
left-field line, his ninth long ball of the season, to give Clemson a 6-0 lead. It
was Pohl's second career grand slam. His other came against South Carolina on March
7, 2010 at Carolina Stadium in the Tigers' 19-6 victory.
The Chanticleers responded with two runs in the top of the third inning. Jacob May
laced a one-out single up the middle, then Daniel Bowman grounded a double over the
third-base bag. Rich Witten's sacrifice fly to right-center scored May, then Alex
Buccilli lined a two-out single to center to plate Bowman.
In the bottom of the third inning, Jon McGibbon led off with a walk and advanced to
second on Spencer Kieboom's sacrifice bunt. After Felder lined out to left field,
Stolz laced a two-out double to left-center to score McGibbon.
After a 97-minute weather delay in the middle of the fifth inning, Clemson added to
its lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Kieboom lined a two-out single to
right-center and Felder grounded a single through the right side. Stolz followed
with a double down the right-field line to score Kieboom.
In the top of the sixth inning, Tucker Frawley led off with a hit-by-pitch and moved
to second two batters later on Tripp Martin's groundout to third. Brian Pruett
followed with a two-out single to center to score Frawley. Ted Blackman hit a
single through the right side, then May walked to load the bases. Bowman then
belted a flyball to deep centerfield, but Brittle made the catch to end the inning.
Clemson answered back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Brittle and
Shaffer led off with hit-by-pitches. Two batters later with one out, Jay Baum
fisted a single through the left side to score Brittle. Two batters later, Kieboom
hit a two-out single to right-center to score Shaffer.
In the seventh inning, Witten and Buccilli led off with walks, then Frawley also
walked to load the bases with no outs. Justin Creel struck out looking, then Martin
flied out to left as all runners held. Pruett followed with a groundout to short to
end the inning without a Chanticleer scoring.
Shaffer reached on an error to lead off the eighth inning and advanced to second on
Pohl's groundout to third. Pinch-hitter Joe Costigan laced a double to right field
to move Shaffer to third, then McGibbon lofted a sacrifice fly to left-center to
Pohl, who earlier in the day received first-team Academic All-America honors by
CoSIDA, went 2-for-5 with a grand slam and a game-high five RBIs to lead Clemson's
13-hit attack. Kieboom, Felder, and Stolz, the #7, #8, and #9 hitters in the
batting order, all had two hits apiece. Shaffer added a game-high four runs as
well. Clemson was 10-for-17 (.588) with two outs in the game.
May and Pruett had two hits apiece to pace Coastal Carolina, who accumulated seven
hits in the contest.
Clemson will play the winner of Friday's game between South Carolina and Manhattan
in the winners' bracket on Saturday at 4:00 PM.
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