Tigers Take Two

CLEMSON – Where Clemson had to wait a week to complete its victory over Western Carolina in Game 1 on Tuesday, the second game was more or less over by third inning. <br>

The Tigers scored two runs each in the second, third and fourth innings to take an insurmountable lead and cruise to the 10-1 victory over the Catamounts Tuesday night to get the two-game sweep.

Clemson now improves to 23-14 overall and remainS 11-4 in the ACC. The Catamounts drop to 21-16.

"It's nice to get back on the winning track after what happened Sunday (losing 9-2 to Virginia)," Tigers designated hitter Kris Harvey said. "Everybody is hitting with confidence right now and we're attacking the ball. We're playing really well."

Providing a motivating lift for Clemson was the pitching of P.Z. Zocchi, who underwent Tommy John Surgery on his right elbow some 14 months ago, and was on the mound for the first time since March 3.

It was predetermined before the game that he would only pitch two innings. However, he managed to make the most of it by allowing just one hit in that span.

"It just felt great to be out there," he said. "It has been a while. I probably could have gone two more."

Tigers coach Jack Leggett liked what he saw from the redshirt freshman, who garnered his first-career win.

"I'm excited for him," Leggett said. "A year having rehab is a tough thing mentally and physically. … It was an exciting thing."

Following Zocchi on the mound was Chris Fidrych, who pitched four shutout innings of relief.

"I felt strong," Fidrych said. "It was good to get out there. I'm just happy to help my team out any way I can."

Offensively for the Tigers, second baseman Taylor Harbin had three hits and three RBIs, while first baseman Andy D'Alessio added two hits and two RBIs.

Clemson looks to continue its momentum as it plays at rival South Carolina for the fourth and final time this season Wednesday night. The Gamecocks hold a 2-1 advantage. David Kopp (2-3, 4.50 ERA) will get the start for Clemson while Cliff Donald gets the nod for South Carolina.

"Hopefully (Kopp) will give us some good innings," Leggett said. "If he can do that and we hit, then we'll have a chance to win."

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