Clemson, SC – The Tigers put up 13 runs on 11 hits to take the first game of a doubleheader 13-1 Saturday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore.
Dominic Leone had another strong performance for the Tigers. Leone went seven innings only giving up two hits and one earned run. In his last three starts Leone has struck out 28 in 25 innings and has an ERA of 1.15.
Richie Shaffer was 2-4 with three RBIs for Clemson. John Hinson was 2-4 in game 1.
Clemson threatened in the first inning. Phil Pohl worked a one out walk before Brad Miller doubled down the left field line. Richie Shaffer then went down on strikes and Jeff Schaus flied out.
In the third inning the Tigers jumped out front. John Hinson singled to left then stole second. Phil Pohl reached on a fielder’s choice and Hinson was at third. Brad Miller walked to load the bases. Richie Shaffer doubled to center to clear the bases. With one out Will Lamb grounded out advancing Shaffer to third. Richie later scored on a wild pitch. With two outs Spencer Kieboom walked and Chris Epps walked. Jason Stolz singled to right scoring Kieboom. After three the Tigers led 5-0.
The Tigers plated another run in the fourth. Phil Pohl led off with a double down the left field line. With one out Richie Shaffer singled to center advancing Pohl to third. Jeff Schaus hit a sacrifice fly to score Pohl.
Dominic Leone had a no-hitter going until the fourth inning. With two outs the Bulldogs got their first hit and later scored their first run on a triple.
Clemson added some insurance in the seventh. Jeff Schaus walked before Will Lamb singled to left. Spencer Kieboom singled to center to load the bases. Chris Epps walked to score Schaus. Jason Stolz hit a sacrifice fly to score Lamb. John Hinson singled to right to score Kieboom. Mike Dunster came in for Phil Pohl and hit a double down the left field line to score Epps and Hinson. Brad Miller and Jon McGibbon walked to load the bases. Joe Costigan singled to center scoring Dunster and Miller. After seven the Tigers led 13-1.
The Tigers moved to 30-15 on the season with the win. Game two of the doubleheader begins at 6 PM.