Furman Rips Tigers

CLEMSON – So much for beating up on instate teams. One night after pounding Wofford with five home runs, the Clemson baseball team barely managed five hits against lowly Furman.

The No. 18 Tigers looked helpless as four Furman pitchers held them to just six hits as the Paladins went on to the 6-3 victory Wednesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

It was a loss so disturbing to Clemson head coach Jack Leggett that he didn't hold his customary post-game, team meeting on the first base line, instead opting to do it in the locker room, where he can no doubt speak plainly and bluntly as he wishes.

"We hit the ball good (Tuesday), but we haven't been very consistent, and it's just not the hitting," Leggett said. "It's frustrating. We've shown flashes of brilliance and flashes from top to bottom of the lineup of being inconsistent."

Leggett admitted following the game that the one thing that gets to him most in his inability to prevent injuries to his team. The Tigers (32-17) are so banged up right now that it's a wonder that they even have enough bench players to fill out a roster.

"You've got different guys hitting in different spots from where they should be," Leggett said. "The injuries, to me, that's the thing. Five freshmen in the lineup, that's not what I had in mind."

But even when Clemson has produced what looks to be enough runs, the bullpen of late has faltered. And no pitcher has struggled more for the Tigers than Stephen Clyne, who got rocked again against Furman, who now stands at a woeful 16-34 on the season.

Clyne lasted just one and two-thirds innings, giving up three hits, three runs, two earned runs and two walks.

"We've just got to forget about tonight and be ready to go again tomorrow and play," Leggett said. "We haven't found or had much consistency this season and tonight was just another example."

The one saving grace is that Marquez Smith, Andy D'Alessio and Taylor Harbin are each on a hot streak at the plate. All three are seeing the ball well and opposing pitchers are paying.

The only problem is, they, for the most part, are the ones doing much damage.

Harbin, who batted second, Smith, who batted third, and D'Alessio, who batted fourth, accounted for four of the six hits, with Harbin cracking his seventh homer of the season.

"We have a lot of guys injured and we haven't been able to have the same lineup," D'Alessio said. "We haven't been to get any consistency."

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