By Trey McCurry.
Clemson used timely hitting and smart baserunning to defeat Wofford 5-1 on Wednesday afternoon in front of 3,833 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. In the 100th meeting between the teams, the Tigers won their 13th straight in the series and also their 1,000th game at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers improved to 6-1 on the season while Wofford fell to 6-3.
Freshman Kevin Pohle (1-1), the second of four Tiger pitchers, earned his first career victory. In 2.2 innings, he allowed three hits, two walks, and no runs. Wofford starter Gus White (0-1) suffered the loss allowing two hits, five walks, three runs (one earned), and no strikeouts in 5.0 innings.
Starter Justin Sarratt threw 4.0 innings, in his first start since missing most of 2010 with an injury, allowing three hits, one walk, and one unearned run with two strikeouts. Jonathan Meyer threw 1.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts before Joseph Moorefield closed out the game by retiring the only two batters he faced. The Clemson pitching staff now has an active streak of not allowing an earned run over the last 24.0 innings.
After Wofford took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning, Clemson answered with a run in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Spencer Kieboom was hit-by-pitch and moved up to second on a Will Lamb groundout. After another out, freshman Jon McGibbon, making his first career start, had a single fall in left-centerfield to score Kieboom.
The Tigers struck again with two runs in the fifth thanks to three Terrier errors. Chris Epps lead off the inning with a hard line drive to deep right field that was dropped by the rightfielder, allowing Epps to move all the way to third base. Brad Miller then hit a line drive sacrifice fly to score Epps and put the Tigers on top. After another out, Richie Shaffer reached on an error and John Hinson hit a bloop single to left. Shaffer then scored from third when a pick off attempt throw got away from them first basemen.
Clemson threatened again when it loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth, but the Wofford second basemen made a diving play to start a double play and end the inning. The Terriers made some noise loading the bases in the seventh, but Meyer came in from the bullpen to strike out Mac Doyle and end the threat.
Clemson stretched its lead in the bottom of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Dominic Attanasio led off with an opposite field single and advanced to second on a Stolz sacrifice. Epps reached on a infield single advancing Attanasio and then stole second. Miller then ripped a single to left to score Attanasio and stretch the Tiger lead to three. Miller then got caught in a rundown, but stretched it out enough to allow Epps to score from third and make the final 5-1.
The Tigers had six hits in the game and also reached on seven walks and three hit-by-pitch. Miller went 1-for-1 with two RBI and three walks and Epps scored two runs. Kieboom had two walks, a hit-by-pitch, and threw out two Terriers on the base paths.
Miller went 1-for-1 with two RBIs and three walks, while Epps scored two runs. Kieboom added two walks, a hit-by-pitch, and threw out two basestealers at second base.
Clemson will face #4 South Carolina three times at three different sites this weekend. The first matchup will be on Friday at 7:00PM at Carolina Stadium in Columbia. Saturday’s game is at 4:00PM at Fluor Field in Greenville followed by Sunday’s finale at 2:00PM at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.