Clemson defeated East Tennessee State 8-3 Wednesday night in front of 1,421 at Doug Kingsmore.
Kevin Pohle got his first career start for the Tigers. Pohle pitched well going five innings and giving up only three hits and no runs. The freshman had 53 strikes in 78 pitches.
Brad Miller was 4-4 on the night driving in three runs. It was the third four hit game for Miller this season raising his batting average to .437. John Hinson was 3-4 on the night driving in one run.
John Hinson singled and then stole second to start the game for the Tigers. Phil Pohl doubled to right to advance Hinson to third. Brad Miller singled to center to score Hinson and Pohl. After one the Tigers led 2-0.
Kevin Pohle worked out of trouble in the second. East Tennessee loaded the bases with two outs thanks to an error by the Tigers, but a ground ball to Miller got the final out.
Will Lamb hit a shot past the pitcher to start the fourth and extend his hitting streak to 24 games.
In the bottom of the fifth Jason Stolz singled to right. John Hinson doubled to left center to score Stolz all the way from first. Phil Pohl singled to right advancing Hinson to third. Brad Miller singled over third to score Hinson. Richie Shaffer hit a double to deep right center scoring Pohl and Miller. Shaffer was thrown out at third trying to stretch the double into a triple. After five the Clemson lead climbed to 6-0.
East Tennessee got on the board with their first run in the sixth. The run was the first earned run the Tiger’s pitching staff had given up in 37 innings.
Chris Epps hit a solo homerun to right center to put the Tigers up 7-1 in the sixth. The homerun was his sixth of the season.
Will Lamb came in to pitch the seventh inning for the Tigers. Lamb pitched two innings giving up one hit and one earned run.
East Tennessee’s Paul Hoilman hit his 17th homerun of the year to make the score 7-2.
Clemson added an insurance run in the eighth. Jeff Schaus doubled and later scored on a wild pitch.
East Tennessee plated one run in the ninth to make the final 8-3 Tigers.
The Tigers moved to 34-15 on the season with the victory. Clemson travels to Virginia Tech for a series this weekend.