Blacksburg, VA – Clemson won their seventh game in a row Saturday as they defeated Virginia Tech 7-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. The win was the 11th in 12 games for the Tigers.
Mother Nature once again impacted Saturday’s game. The game was delayed in the ninth inning with the Tigers leading 7-2. After a two hour rain delay the Tigers finished off the ninth inning.
Dominic Leone got the victory for the Tigers to make his record 5-1 on the season. Leone pitched six innings for the Tigers only giving up six hits and two earned runs. The sophomore got 62 strikes on 99 pitches.
Jeff Schaus was 2-2 with 2 RBIs to lead the Tigers. Will Lamb and Phil Pohl were both 3-5 in game 1. Lamb’s hitting streak now stands at 25 games.
John Hinson led off the first with a single to center. Phil Pohl followed with a single to center advancing Hinson to second. Brad Miller went down swinging before Richie Shaffer walked to load the bases. Will Lamb hits into a fielder’s choice scoring Hinson. Jeff Schaus was hit by a pitch to load the bases. After the top of the first Clemson led 1-0.
Chris Epps walked in the second. Spencer Kieboom singled to right advancing Epps to third. John Hinson hit a sacrifice fly to right center to score Epps. Phil Pohl singled just over the second baseman’s glove to advance Kieboom to second. Brad Miller reached on a fielder’s choice advancing Kieboom to third. Kieboom scored on a passed ball to stretch the Tiger’s lead to 3-0 after the top of the second.
The Hokies got on the board in the third inning with two runs.
In the fifth Brad Miller reached on a one out single up the middle. Richie Shaffer walked before Will Lamb singled over the first baseman. With the bases loaded Jeff Schaus singled to right to score Miller and Shaffer while Lamb advanced to third. Jason Stolz hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Lamb from third. After the top of the fifth Clemson led 6-2.
Dominic Leone worked out of trouble in the fifth. The Hokies loaded the bases with one out thanks to a single, a hit batter and a walk. Leone struck out two to end the inning and keep the score at 6-2.
Scott Firth came in to pitch for the Tigers in the seventh.
In the ninth inning the Tigers added some insurance. With one out Will Lamb singled. Jeff Schaus singled to center. Jason Stolz singled to load the bases. Chris Epps hit a ground ball to first to score Lamb. After the top of the ninth the Tigers led 7-2.
With runners on first and third in the ninth with no outs the rains opened up at English field. After the rain delay Scott Weismann came in to pitch for the Tigers. Scott made quick work of the ninth inning striking out two of the batters and getting a pop fly.
Clemson moved to 35-15 overall and 14-11 in the ACC with the victory. The Tigers and Hokies will play the second game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon.