Clemson, SC – The Tigers hit three homeruns for the second time in three games as the defeated Coastal Carolina 12-7 in front of 5,408 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Clemson had not hit more than two homeruns in a game until they did it last Saturday against NC State in the ACC Tournament.
“I thought we played a really good game tonight start to finish. Our offense really made a statement early by scoring two runs in each of the first three innings, and then later we had the four run inning. Dominic battled for us tonight, he didn’t have his best stuff. Coaastal Carolina hit the ball really well. I thought David came in and did a nice job. John made a nice play to start a double play that was big and Jeff’s play was big for us later in the game. I thought we played well against a good team,” said Leggett.
Dominic Leone got the start for the Tigers and went 4.1 innings giving up seven hits and four earned runs. David Haselden came in to pitch in the fifth inning. Haselden pitched four innings giving up five hits and two earned runs. Alex Frederick came in to get the final two outs for the Tigers.
The Tigers had 14 hits on the evening. Richie Shaffer was 3-4 with four RBIs. Will Lamb was also 3-4 with two RBIs. John Hinson was 2-5 with two RBIs.
Clemson was the away team Saturday night and quickly jumped to the lead in the first inning. John Hinson singled up the middle. Phil Pohl doubled down the right field line advancing Hinson to third. Brad Miller flied out to deep right center scoring Hinson. Richie Shaffer flied out to left center scoring Pohl. The Tigers led 2-0 after the top of the first.
Coastal Carolina tied things up with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the first. With one out Rich Witten singled then Tommy La Stella hit a two-run homerun to center field.
The Tigers bounced right back in the top of the second. Chris Epps walked to start the inning. Jason Stolz bunted Epps over to second. Spencer Kieboom flied out to left center advancing Epps to third. John Hinson walked with two outs. Phil Pohl reached on a fielding error while Epps scored on the play. Brad Miller singled to right scoring Hinson. After the top of the second Clemson led 4-2.
Richie Shaffer hit a solo homerun to right center with one out in the third to put the Tigers up 5-2. The homerun was his 12th of the year. Jeff Schaus walked before Chris Epps reached on a fielder’s choice. Epps then stole second. Jason Stolz singled to left scoring Epps to put Clemson up 6-2.
Coastal Carolina plated two runs in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 6-4. John Hinson had two errors at third in the inning.
Will Lamb ledoff the fifth with a solo homerun to right field to put the Tigers up 7-4. It was Lamb’s third homer of the season.
The Chanticleers scored another run in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to two.
The Tigers added an insurance run in the seventh. Will Lamb singled to center. Richie Shaffer doubled to right center scoring Lamb from first putting the Tigers up 8-5.
Jason Stolz hit a single to right to start the eighth. Spencer Kieboom bunted Stolz over to second. John Hinson hit a bomb to right field. The homer was Hinson’s ninth of the season and second in the regional. Phil Pohl singled to left center. Will Lamb tripled down the right field line to score Pohl all the way from first. Richie Shaffer singled to center scoring Lamb. The Tigers extended the lead to 12-5 after the top of the eighth.
Coastal plated two runs in the bottom of the ninth to make the final score 12-7.
Clemson moved to 43-18 with the victory. The Tigers will play the winner of the Connecticut game against Coastal Carolina tomorrow evening at 7 PM.