By Trey McCurry.
Jon McGibbon delivered a game winning hit in the tenth inning Tuesday night as the Tigers defeated Coastal Carolina 5-4. David Haselden pitched a gem for the Tigers. Haselden came in to relieve Justin Sarratt and pitched seven innings only allowing two hits and no runs.
Brad Miller returned to the field for the first time since since he broke his finger earlier this season. Miller went 2-4 on the night. Will Lamb was 2-3 and Jeff Schaus continued to see his average climb as he went 2-4.
Coastal Carolina scored first with a run in the top of the second.
Richie Shaffer started the second with a single to left to start the bottom of the second. Brad Miller singled up the middle advancing Shaffer to second. Chris Epps reached on a fielder’s choice as he tried to bunt the runners over, but Shaffer was thrown out at third. Epps stole second while Miller stole third. Spencer Kieboom hit a sacrifice fly to score Miller. After two the score was tied 1-1.
Coastal added another run in the top of the third to retake the lead.
Clemson bounced back to tie the game in the bottom of the third. With one out John Hinson doubled to left field. Phil Pohl flied out advancing Hinson to third. Jeff Schaus hit a two out single to score Hinson.
Once again Coastal regained the lead with two runs in the top of the fourth. David Haselden came in for Sarratt in the fourth.
In the bottom of the fourth Richie Shaffer led off the inning with a triple to center field. With one out Chris Epps grounded out to second, scoring Shaffer. After four the Tigers trailed 4-3.
The Tigers threatened in the sixth, but left the bases loaded.
Clemson rallied in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. With one out Will Lamb hit a triple to left center. Dominic Attanasio pinch hit for Stolz and hit a double to left to score Lamb and tied the score 4-4. Once again Clemson left the bases loaded in the ninth inning.
In the bottom of the tenth Brad Miller started things off with a single. Chris Epps was hit by a pitch advancing Miller to second. With one out Epps and Miller advanced on a wild pitch. Jon McGibbon pinch hit for Wilkerson. With a full count McGibbon singled to right to score the winning run.
Clemson moved to 15-12 on the season with the win. The Tigers play Western Carolina Wednesday night at Doug Kingsmore.