The Tigers improved to 3-0, while the Paladins fell to 0-3.
Red-shirt freshman righthander Kevin Brady (1-0) earned his first
career win by tossing 3.1 innings, allowing three hits, one earned
run, and no walks. Alex Frederick pitched 2.2 scoreless innings in
relief of one-hit ball with two strikeouts and freshman righthander
Jonathan Meyer picked up his first career save by pitching 2.0 perfect
innings with one strikeout.
Furman starter Barry Benton (0-1) suffered the loss, as he yielded
four hits, five runs (four earned), and three walks in 2.1 innings
The Tigers took the game's first lead in the first inning. Mike
Freeman hit a one-out double down the right-field line and went to
third on an errant pickoff attempt. He then scored on Jeff Schaus'
groundout to first.
In the second inning, the Tigers added two runs to their lead after
the first two batters of the frame were retired. Brad Miller started
the rally with a walk and Richie Shaffer was hit-by-pitch. Jason Stolz
then lined a double down the left-field line to score Miller and
Furman dented the scoreboard in the top of the third inning. J.B.
Jenkins led off with an infield single, then stole second and third.
Two batters later, Will Owens singled to right to score Jenkins.
Clemson came right back and scored two runs in the bottom of the
third inning. Freeman led off with a walk and went to second on
Schaus' single to center. Kyle Parker followed with a single to right
field to plate Freeman. After Schaus moved to third on Wilson Boyd's
flyout, Schaus scored on John Nester's sacrifice fly to center, giving
Clemson a 5-1 lead.
In the top of the fourth inning, Reese Wade reached when his liner
was dropped by Boyd in right field. Brian Harrison's single to right-
center advanced Wade to third, then Wade scored on Aaron Thompkins'
groundout to second.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Shaffer led off with a double
down the left-field line and moved to third on Stolz's single to
right. Two batters later, Freeman reached on a throwing error by
Jenkins as Shaffer scored. Freeman then stole second and Stolz scored
on the play when the throw went into centerfield, upping Clemson's
lead to 7-2.
Will Miller led off the seventh inning with a home run to left field,
his first long ball of the season. After Dylan Cole walked and Jenkins
singled to left field, Will Muzika lined a single down the left-field
line to score Cole. Owens then hit a chopper behind the mound and
reached on a fielding error as Jenkins scored on the play to cut
Clemson's lead to 7-5.
Clemson added an insurance run in the eighth inning when Freeman and
Schaus hit back-to-back, two-out doubles, the latter of which scored
Freeman led the Tigers' 10-hit attack by going 2-for-3 with two
doubles, three runs, one RBI, two walks, and two stolen bases. Schaus
went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, and Stolz added two hits,
including one of Clemson's five doubles, and two RBIs.
Jenkins had a team-high two hits, two runs, and two steals, while
Owens added two RBIs for Furman, who committed six errors in the game.
Clemson will be off for four days before it hosts Wright State in a
three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium starting Friday at 4:00 PM.
Tigers improve to 3-0
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