Tigers pitch shutout in first win of 2010

CLEMSON - Will Lamb took his opportunity and ran with it during Friday night's 11-0 season opening win over Miami (Ohio) at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Starting at first base in place of Riche Shaffer, who was struck in the eye by a ball during practice earlier this week, Lamb went 4-4, knocked in three runs, scored three and hit his first career homerun.

After back-to-back doubles by Phil Pohl and Brad Miller to lead off the eighth, Lamb walked to the plate with a chance to hit for the cycle. In need of a triple, he singled up the middle, driving in both base runners.

"Guys were ragging me in the dugout when it happened, asking why I didn't hit a triple. I was just going out there having fun hitting," he said.

Lamb doubled in the fifth and was advanced to third on a Jason Stolz sacrifice fly to centerfield. He scored on a Mike Freeman single. Lamb also led off the seventh with a solo shot onto the roof of the team's indoor work-out facility behind the seats in right-centerfield and started the two-run fifth with a double. He singled during his first at-bat in the second, but was stranded on first.

"Coach told me (Thursday) that if Richie couldn't play I was going in. I was ready for it…in batting practice I had a good swing and felt like it was going to be a good day," Lamb said.

Chris Epps took care of several firsts of 2010 season in the first inning.

Back in the leadoff spot, he singled, advanced to second on a ground out, stole third and was driven in for the first run of the season by Jeff Schaus.

After Lamb's double in the fifth, Epps walked on four pitches, stole second and later scored on a Jeff Schaus ground out to second.

Following Lamb's homerun in the seventh, Kyle Parker hit a three-run homerun into the newly constructed left-centerfield student section, giving Clemson a 7-0 lead. He went 2-5 with three RBIs.

Coach Jack Leggett said Parker hit one over the leftfield section.

"He told me they kept throwing change-up away, change-up away--working on the outer half of the plate," Leggett said. "I told him to get up on the plate and hope he makes a mistake, and he did. (Parker) did something with it."

Casey Harman went five strong innings, gave up one hit, struck out three and walked one. In every inning but the second, he faced the minimum three batters.

"Getting the first one out of the way is definitely a good feeling, getting all the jitters out of everybody," he said.

In relief, Justin Sarratt, Tomas Cruz and Dominic Leone went four innings and gave up one hit.

Leggett said Lamb will pitch in relief during Saturday's game against Michigan State in Greenville. If so, Shaffer will get the nod at first base.

"We'll have to check on that tonight, but that's the kind of team. Hopefully, we'll have that, when guys step up, show our depth and athleticism," Leggett said.

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