Clemson destroyed Georgia Tech 9-0 as Dominic Leone and David Haselden combined for the shutout Wednesday in the first game of the ACC Tournament. The Tigers are now 3-1 on the season against the Jackets.
“I thought we played a real complete game today. I was really proud of us. There were a couple of opportunities in the first, second and third innings where we came up dry a little bit. But I thought we took some good swings. Chris (Epps’) homerun really broke the ice for us, and then I thought our pitching was stellar. Dominic didn’t have his best stuff for us today, but he still found a way to get it done and he had good will,” said Leggett.
Offense was no problem for the Tigers who put up 13 hits on the afternoon. Jeff Schaus was 4-5 with two RBIs. Chris Epps had a huge three-run homer to put the Tigers up 3-0 in the fourth. Shaffer and Hinson also had two hits for Clemson.
Dominic Leone got the start for the Tigers and went five innings giving up only four hits and no runs. The Tiger’s ace faced 23 batters and had five strikeouts and four walks on the afternoon.
Leone got into trouble in the first. The Jackets loaded the bases thanks to a single and two walks with only one out. The Tigers were able to get out of the inning with no damage as they got a force out at home for the second out and a strikeout to end the inning.
The Tigers threatened in the second inning. Will Lamb walked to start the inning.. Richie Shaffer was out on a foul ball. Jeff Schaus singled to left to advance Lamb to third. Chris Epps ended the inning by hitting into a double play.
Clemson got on the board in the top of the fourth. Will Lamb singled to right with one out. With two outs Jeff Schaus singled to right advancing Lamb third. Chris Epps hit a bomb to right center making to put the Tigers up 3-0. The homerun was Epps’ ninth of the year and his third in the last eight days.
David Haselden came in to pitch the sixth for the Tigers. Haselden pitched the final four innings for the Tigers allowing only two hits.
The Tigers added an insurance run in the top of the seventh. Spencer Kieboom walked to leadoff. Jason Stolz reached on a fielder’s choice. John Hinson doubled down the left field line advancing Stolz to third. Phil Pohl hit a sacrifice fly to score Stolz and put the Tigers up 4-0.
In the ninth Clemson added some more insurance. Spencer Kieboom singled to center before Jason Stolz reached on a fielder’s choice. Stolz then stole second base. John Hinson walked then Phil Pohl reached on a fielder’s choice as Stolz scored. Pohl advanced to second and Hinson third on an error. Brad Miller walked to load the bases. John Hinson was out at home on a ground ball by Lamb. Richie Shaffer doubled down the left field line scoring Pohl and Miller. Jeff Schaus doubled off the Blue Monster in right to score Shaffer and Lamb. After the top of the ninth Clemson led 9-0.
Clemson moved to 40-17 on the season with the victory. The Tigers play Florida State Thursday at 3 PM.