Tigers Pummel Gamecocks, 12-2
Midway through the 2005 season, the Tigers found themselves sitting at 18-13 with fifth-ranked South Carolina on their way to Doug Kingsmore Stadium for the third game of the annual four-game series between two schools.
Nine innings later, Clemson claimed its first victory in three tries against its archrival in a 12-2 romp.
The Tigers hit four home runs which led to six runs, while at the same time starting pitcher Stephen Faris pitched a five-hit complete game to lead Clemson to the easy victory.
"I'm pretty confident right now, even though I made a few mistakes," said Faris, who had seven strike outs and just one walk. "I threw well, but I think I can do better. I think I can do a lot better."
Every Clemson starter had at least one hit, with center fielder Brad Chalk leading the way with three.
South Carolina coach Ray Tanner was impressed with the way Faris was able to keep his hitters off balance by throwing a lot of sliders.
"We ran into a very good team tonight," Tanner said. "Faris was really outstanding. He was great from the get-go."
While Faris was solid for the second straight outing, the Tigers went through six South Carolina pitchers as they pounded out 15 hits, seven of which went for extra bases. Starter Andrew Cruse (3-1) lasted just five outs before being pulled.
The win was the fifth in a streak that lasted seven games and improved the Tigers' record to 19-13. Clemson would go on to beat the Gamecocks, who were 28-6 after the loss, in the last of four meetings between the two schools just one week later in Columbia.
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