By Trey McCurry.
Clemson, SC – Brad Miller had four RBI and Justin Sarratt threw 6.0 shutout innings to lead #23 Clemson to a 5-0 win over Furman on Tuesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in a game that lasted only two hours and 15 minutes.
Sarratt earned his fourth win of the season, allowing no runs on four hits with five strikeouts. Joseph Moorefield, Kevin Pohle, and Will Lamb pitched the final three innings as Clemson earned its fourth shutout of the season. The four pitchers combined to not let a Paladin move past second base all night, while only three advanced past first base.
Furman starter Kevin Gottlieb suffered the loss as he allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits in 2.0 innings. Paladin reliever Stephen Gary pitched the final 6.0 innings allowing only two hits.
After keeping Furman off the board to start the game, Clemson scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning. John Hinson led off with a single up the middle and stole second base, his 15th stolen base on the season. After a Phil Pohl groundout moved Hinson to third, Miller singled to right field to score Hinson and give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. After a Miller steal, his 16th stolen base of the season, and a Richie Shaffer strikeout, Jeff Schaus reached on an error with Miller coming around to score on the play and give Clemson a 2-0 lead after one inning.
The Tigers added to their lead in the bottom of the third. Hinson led off with another single followed by a single from Pohl. After both runners advanced on a throwing error, Miller hit a three-run shot to right-center field. The junior shortstop’s second home run of the year put Clemson ahead 5-0. Shaffer then reached on an error and Schaus walked chasing Gottlieb from the game. Gary came in from the bullpen to shut down the Tiger threat and the Tigers led 5-0 going to the fourth inning.
Clemson never threatened again the rest of the night, while Furman seemed to mount a threat in the top of the eighth. Rob Fondu hit a one-out double to the left-center gap, but was thrown out at third trying to stretch the hit into a triple.
Hinson and Miller led Clemson at the plate with two hits each. Pohl, Lamb, and Dominic Attanasio all had one hit each. Lamb’s hit extended his hitting streak to 15 games as well.
Fondu and Will Muzika had two hits each to pace the Paladins six-hit attack.
Clemson will be back in action Wednesday as it travels to Cullowhee, NC to take on Western Carolina in a contest scheduled to start at 6:00PM.