Tigers upset by Paladins

Furman scored two runs in the top of the 14th inning to beat No. 19 Clemson in front of 3,255 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday.

Furman improved to 4-2 on the season, while Clemson fell to 4-2. Furman took a 1-0 lead in the season series with the next game between the teams scheduled for May 6 at Fluor Field in Greenville.

The Tigers had a no-hitter going into the ninth inning. After retiring the first two batters and with two strikes on the batter, the Paladins had a high infield chopper for their first hit of the game and deny the Tigers their first no-hitter since March of 1984.

Marc DeDecker (1-0) pitched 1.2 innings of one-hit ball to earn the win for Furman. Kevin Gottlieb pitched the 14th inning to earn the save. Tomas Cruz (0-1) pitched 3.1 innings, allowing two runs on one hit with two walks and five strikeouts to suffer the loss.

Mike Freeman led off the bottom of the fourth with a walk. Ben Paulsen followed with a single through the right side. Two batters later, Brad Miller fisted a two-out single to center to score Freeman and Paulsen and give Clemson a 2-0 lead.

Connor Lind broke up the Tigers chance for a no-hitter with an infield single with two outs in the ninth. Brian Harrison followed on the very next pitch with a homerun to tie the score at two.

Marcus Rose led off the top of the 14th inning with a walk and then stole second base. After Lind struck out on a ball in the dirt, Rose broke for third and Tiger catcher Phil Pohl elected to try and retire Rose. After the throw was not in time, Lind was safe at first. Lind advanced to second on a groundout and Hemingway was intentionally walked. Reese Wade drove in the go-ahead run on a fielder's choice to second base. Campbell Lewis gave Furman a two-run lead, scoring Lind with a single through the left side.

Clemson had a chance in the bottom of the 14th. Jeff Schaus walked to lead off the inning and Pohl walked with two outs to bring the winning run to the plate. However, Jason Stolz struck out to end the game and give Furman their first win over Clemson since May 9, 2007.

The Tigers were led at the plate by Paulsen (3-for-6). Furman was led by Lewis (2-for-6). The two teams combined to use 13 pitchers in the game.

It was the longest game for Clemson since a 15-inning win versus Wake Forest on April 15, 2000. Wilson Boyd also had a streak of 68 straight starts (2007) stopped.

Clemson will return to action Wednesday as they host UNC Asheville at Doug Kingsmore Stadium at 4:00 PM.

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