By Trey McCurry.
Justin Sarratt pitched 7.0 strong innings to lead Clemson to a 7-2 win over Presbyterian College Tuesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. With the win, the Tigers improved to 19-13 overall while the Blue Hose dropped to 18-16. The teams split their two-game series this season.
Sarratt (2-1) earned the win allowing four hits, two runs (one earned), and one walk with two strikeouts on only 91 pitches. Included in the outing was facing the minimum during a 19-batter stretch between the first and seventh innings. The 7.0 innings was his longest outing since throwing 8.0 on April 1, 2009 against Georgia. David Haselden pitched a scoreless eighth inning with two strikeouts, while Scott Weismann struck out all three batters he faced during the ninth inning. Tiger pitchers combined to allow just five hits and one walk against seven strikeouts in the game.
Steven Richardson (4-3), the first of four Blue Hose hurlers, suffered the loss. He allowed 10 hits, six runs, and two walks with two strikeouts in 5.0 innings.
Presbyterian College took a 1-0 lead in the first thanks to a Tiger error and two hits. The Blue Hose seemed to add to their lead in the second inning, but Jeff Schaus reached over the wall and robbed Gabe Grammer of a solo shot.
Clemson got on the board in the fourth inning. Richie Shaffer led off the inning with a homer to right-center, his fifth of the season. Brad Miller followed with a bunt single. After an out, Dominic Attanasio lined a single to right that moved Miller to third but Attanasio was thrown out at second trying to stretch the hit to a double. After Jon McGibbon walked, Jason Stolz bounced a single down the left field line to plate Miller. McGibbon advanced to third on the play while Stolz took second on the throw. John Hinson then hit a single to right center to score both McGibbon and Stolz. Phil Pohl finished the Tiger scoring with a double in the right field gap to give Clemson a 5-1 lead after four innings.
The Blue Hose tried to cut into the Clemson lead in the fifth, but McGibbon completed a double play as he caught a fly out down the right field line and threw the Presbyterian College runner out at the plate for an inning-ending double play.
The Tigers added another run in the bottom of the fifth. Will Lamb singled to center and then stole second base. Attanasio followed with a hard single to short to plate Lamb and put Clemson up 6-1.
Clemson added another run in the sixth inning on a Hinson homer to right field. The solo shot was the fourth homer of the year for Hinson.
The Blue Hose added a run in the eighth to make the final score 7-2.
Attanasio lead the Tigers at the plate with three hits and an RBI. Hinson was 2-for-5 with a homer, two runs, and three RBI, while Pohl was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Five different players each had a single hit for Presbyterian College.
Clemson travels to Boston College this weekend in a crucial three-game ACC series. Game times are 2:30PM Friday, 1:00PM Saturday, and 12:00PM on Sunday.