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Rohlman, Jackson lead Tigers over College of Charleston

Tyler Jackson pitched a gem and Reed Rohlman stayed on fire at the plate as No. 3 Clemson cruised to a 7-2 victory over the College of Charleston on Tuesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.

Rohlman finished the day 3-for-3 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs. Rohlman was coming off a week where he went 10-of-18 from the plate and now has a 19-game hitting streak.

Jackson gave the Tigers just what they needed after recent issues with the bullpen. The senior went seven innings and only gave up just two runs and eight hits. Alex Schnell pitched a clean eighth and Owen Griffith, Jeremy Beasley and Ryley Gilliam each pitched to one batter in the ninth inning.

Clemson (34-8)  took an early lead as they plated two runs in the first inning. Chase Pinder started with a double down the left field line, and Rohlman doubled to score Pinder.  With one out Seth Beer singled up the middle to score Rohlman.

The College of Charleston tied the game in the top of the second, but Clemson bounced right back to regain the lead. Andrew Cox singled to start the bottom of the Tigers’ second, and then Robert Jolly walked and Cox moved to third on a long fly from Jordan Greene.

Grayson Byrd singled to short to score Cox. Rohlman then doubled, his second of the day, to score Jolly. Byrd tried to score on the play, but was out at the plate. The Tigers led 4-2 after two inning.

In the fourth inning, the Tigers added another run as Jolly singled to center and Jordan Greene followed with a single. Byrd then bunted the runners over before Pinder’s sacrifice fly scored Jolly from third.

Clemson added an insurance run in the fifth inning after Beer doubled to right center, and Cox later sacrificed him home for a 6-2 lead.

Rohlman hit his fourth home run of the season in the seventh inning, a solo bomb to right centerfield to lead off the inning, which stretched the lead to five runs.

The Tigers travel to North Carolina for a battle of top five teams this Friday. Game 1 of the three-game series begins at 6:30 p.m..

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