The Tigers totaled a season-high 15 hits, while Clemson pitching gave up just four in a 17-2 rout at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.
"We haven't been really hitting the ball like we wanted to and we haven't
been aggressive at the plate," right fielder Kyle Parker said. "The
biggest thing is we are confident and we know we can put up runs when we
need to and we did that tonight."
The 17 runs were the most by the Tigers since scoring 16 in a win over
Boston College on March 16 of last year. It is the first time Clemson
(5-2) went over 10 runs this season and the first time since a 12-6
victory over the College of Charleston on May 13.
"We needed that," Clemson coach Jack Leggett said. "We needed to see some
line drives and aggressiveness at the plate. They had a little trouble
finding the strike zone, but when they did we were ready to hit and we
were more aggressive.
"It was a good night for us."
The Tigers were led by Ben Paulsen's three hits and three RBIs. Clemson
also got two hits each from left fielder Jeff Schaus, Jason Stolz and John
The Tigers struck out only once and walked 14 times, the most by Clemson
in a game since 1999. The Bulldogs (2-7) were led at the plate by
designated hitter Mike Vaughn, who had two hits.
Part of Clemson's success Wednesday night might have been the lineup
change Leggett made at the plate. Shortstop Brad Miller took over leadoff
from Addison Johnson, while Wilson Boyd moved ahead of Parker in the
"Mike Freeman swung the bat pretty good tonight and I might move him up
again," Leggett said. "I'm just trying to find the right combination and
get some rhythm going. We are facing some really tough pitching this
weekend so it might be different."
Miller scored three runs and had one hit in two official at-bats, but he
drew four walks.
"Miller has some aggressiveness with him and has a good eye at the plate
so we might leave him there for a little while and see how things work
out," Leggett said.
Freeman finished the night with 2 RBIs and scored two runs while drawing
two walks as well.
Clemson scored 12 runs in the first three innings, including seven in the
first two innings, all with two outs. The Tigers scored in six of the
eight innings in which they batted.
It was exactly what the doctor order especially with fourth-ranked North
Carolina up next on the schedule.
"This was huge," Leggett said. "(Tuesday) night was another lousy night so
we could not do that. We had to break the chain a little bit and hopefully
we will be ready to go by this weekend."
Clemson will play at North Carolina for a three-game series to start ACC
play this Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.
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