Tigers Pound Coastal

CLEMSON – The hitting barrage that the Clemson baseball team enjoyed so much over the past weekend at Maryland continued in a big way as the Tigers exacted revenge from earlier in the season and hammered Coastal Carolina. <br>

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For the second time in three games, every Clemson starter got at least one hit, while at the same time the starting pitching continued to shut down the opposition and the Tigers got the 14-5 victory over the Chanticleers on a pleasant Tuesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

"Only good things happen when you're aggressive," Clemson coach Jack Leggett said. "We were being a little tentative and feeling our way through it and getting deeper in the count and you can't play offense that way.

"So we had a little discussion after that second ballgame in Old Dominion and since that time, we've been pretty good. So, hopefully it will carry on. The ball is looking big to us right now."

The big offensive explosion for the Tigers took place in the bottom of the second as they collected five doubles, all of which came with two outs, which allowed them to plate five in the inning and take an 8-0 lead.

With Clemson (13-9, 5-1 ACC) leading 9-0 heading into the fifth, super sensation and freshman Taylor Harbin blasted his fourth home run of the season, this time a two-run shot, to push the lead to 11-0 and turn it into a laugher and snap Coastal Carolina's nine-game winning streak.

"We're real excited because we're finally swinging the bats like we know we can and getting confidence that we had in the fall and now we're trying to get it back," said Harbin, who had three RBIs.

Over the last four games, the Tigers are averaging 11.5 runs per outing.

"Everybody is going up there aggressive and they're not watching their pitches go by," said Tyler Colvin, who went 2-for-5 with four RBIs.

While the hitting continued to pour on the runs, the starting pitching of David Kopp was nearly flawless for the second straight game.

Coming off an outing where he held Old Dominion to two hits over seven innings a week ago, Kopp (2-2) allowed six hits, one walk and two runs, while striking out five over six innings to get his second straight win.

"It was definitely awesome performing in front of the home crowd," Kopp said. "It's a big win for us that keeps it going. … I felt good tonight. I felt loose. I hit my spots and the defense definitely did a good job behind me."

The win evens the season series at one game each after Coastal Carolina took a 3-2 win in the second game of the season.

"We're just feeling more confident then we were back then and a little more aggressive," Leggett said. "We a little different team then we were back then."

Coastal Carolina (21-5) scored its first two runs in the sixth inning, which broke scoreless streak of 15 innings for the Tigers pitching staff. The Chanticleers added three more in the eighth.

"The pitching staff as a whole is definitely getting the job done," Kopps said. "You can't ask for more. … Our pitching will keep us in it and if our hitting gets it done, we should keep it rolling."

The two-game series wraps up Wednesday, with the first pitch slated for 4 p.m. Senior Jeff Hahn (0-1, 3.92 ERA) gets the start for Clemson, while Ricky Shefka (4-0, 1.69 ERA) goes for the Chanticleers.

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