Overview: Thanks to some timely hitting by Phil Pohl, Clemson jumped out to an early 6-0 lead.
Richie Shaffer reached on a two-out double that dropped between Coastal first baseman Rich Witten, second baseman Justin Creel and rightfielder Daniel Bowman before Pohl drove him in with a looping single to left.
The Tigers pushed across four more runs the following inning.
Brad Felder scored from second on an infield single by Thomas Brittle. Two batters later, Pohl cleared the bases with a grand slam that barely cleared the leftfield wall.
Coastal responded in the top of the third with a pair runs on a Witten sacrifice fly and an Alex Buccilli single.
Jason Stolz's RBI double in the bottom half of the inning pushed the Clemson lead to 7-2.
Just moments after Clemson starter Kevin Pohle pitched his first perfect inning. A thunderstorm delayed the game for an hour and 37 minutes.
Clemson tacked on four more runs after play resumed in the bottom of the fifth.
The Chanticleers threatened the Tigers' 10-3 seventh inning lead when David Haselden started the inning with three consecutive walks. The senior worked out of the jam without allowing a run.
One more run in the eighth pushed the Clemson lead to 11-3. Haselden, who worked four innings, was credited with the save, his first of the season.
Turning point: Haselden had no one to blame but himself for the seventh inning jam. But after issuing three-straight walks to start the inning, he settled in and kept the flood gates closed.
The seventh had disaster written all over it.
Fortunately for Jack Leggett and Dan Pepicelli, they'll have plenty of relief options for Saturday night's game. Both Scott Firth and Kevin Brady were in the bullpen when play resumed.
Because Haselden was able to get through the seventh, he kept Leggett from using more than two arms.
Key player: Pohl went 2-for-5 with a homer and five RBI. He drove in five of the Tigers' first six runs.
Key stat: Nine of Clemson's 11 runs came with two outs. Of the 13 hits, 10 were with two outs.
Miscellaneous: Leggett won't name a starting pitcher until they learn Saturday night's opponent.
Dominic Leone and Daniel Gossett are his two options.
Up next: Clemson will, presumably, play…you know who.
A matchup with South Carolina would give the NCAA Tournament committee exactly what they wanted: a 4 o'clock Clemson/Carolina showdown.
Gossett pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief in the game one against South Carolina. At Riley Park in Charleston, the freshman gave up two runs on three hits, struck out three and walked another.
Leone, who started game two in at Carolina Stadium, lasted 2 1/3 innings, gave up six runs and four hits.
Since Clemson took care of business on Friday afternoon, here's to hoping South Carolina holds up their end of the bargain.
EDIT: Final - South Carolina 7 Manhattan 0
Postgame breakdown: Clemson 11 CCU 3
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