Clemson, SC – Clemson scored four runs in the first and cruised to a 11-1 victory over Sacred Heart in front of 5,194 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers have now won 20 of their last 21 Clemson regional games.
“I thought we played a nice game. Scott Firth threw strikes, and we played good defense behind. Pohle came in and did a good job for us as did Surber. Our pitching was good, we had a good defensive night, and good offensive night, especially early in the ballgame. We ran the bases well and put some swings on the ball,” said Leggett.
Scott Firth got the start for the Tigers. It was Firth’s first start since the Wake Forest game on April 23. Firth went six innings giving up only six hits and one earned run. Kevin Pohle came in to pitch in the seventh for the Tigers. Pohle pitched two scoreless inning for the Tigers. Jon Surber came in to finish the game off in the ninth.
John Hinson went 3-3 with three RBIs on the night. Chris Epps extended his hitting streak to ten games going 2-4 with three RBIs.
In the first inning John Hinson walked on four pitches. Phil Pohl lined a double to the left field wall advancing Hinson to third. Miller grounded to short scoring Hinson while Pohl was out at third on the play. Will Lamb was hit by a pitch. With two outs Jeff Schaus singled up the middle scoring Miller from second and advancing Lamb to third. Chris Epps singled to center scoring Lamb and Schaus. Clemson led 4-0 after the first.
Clemson added another run in the second. With one out John Hinson doubled down the right field line. Hinson then stole third. Phil Pohl hit a ground ball to score Hinson. After two the Tigers led 5-0.
The Tigers kept it going in the third inning. Will Lamb walked to start the inning. Richie Shaffer was robbed of a two-run homer as the outfielder climbed the wall to take away the homerun. Lamb advanced to second on the play. Jeff Schaus walked before Chris Epps singled to score Lamb. Jason Stolz singled to score Schaus from second. Spencer Kieboom singled to score Epps and advance Stolz to third. John Hinson hit a three-run homer, his eighth of the year, to right field to make the score 11-0 Tigers.
Sacred Heart got on the board in the top of the sixth when they plated one run.
The Tigers moved to 42-18 with the victory. Clemson will play Coastal Carolina Saturday night at 7 PM in the winner’s bracket.