A season that started with expectations of another run to Omaha ended on a hot Monday night at Doug Kingsmore. For the first time since the NCAA changed the postseason format the Tigers were eliminated at home. Connecticut defeated the Tigers 14-1 to end the season.
“We just got beat in every phase of the game tonight. They swung the bats exceptionally well off our pitching. We could not seem to muster much up offensively. We were just a little slower than they were in every phase of the game. They were a little bit electric tonight, whether it be on the bases, defensively or pitching wise. We were just a step slow,” said Leggett.
True freshman Kevin Pohle got the start for the Tigers Monday night but got in trouble early. The first three Huskies all reached base on singles. Chris Epps fell down in the outfield for what should have been the second out. Connecticut plated three in the top of the first and never looked back.
Alex Frederick came in for Pohle and got the final two outs of the inning. Frederick went four inning for the Tigers giving up four hits, four runs and two earned runs. David Haselden pitched .1 innings giving up two hits and one run. Matt Campbell pitched 2.2 innings and gave up two hits and three earned runs. Kevin Brady pitched .1 innings for the Tigers and gave up three hits and three earned runs.
The Tigers could only manage six hits on the night. Hinson, Pohl, Shaffer, Schaus, Epps and Stolz all had one hit each.
Clemson got on the board in the second with their only run. With one out Richie Shaffer hit a solo homerun to right field.
The Huskies put the game away in the top of the fifth inning. Connecticut plated five runs and knocked out two Clemson pitchers as they plated five runs. After the top of the fifth the Tigers trailed 8-1.
Connecticut addes six insurance runs in the eighth.
4,838 fans came out to support the Tigers Monday night. The crowd was as loud as any this season in Doug Kingsmore. Both Leggett and Richie Shaffer took time to thank the fans after the game.
“The fans were great tonight. The players want to thank all the fans for coming out in bunches and supporting all of us. We really appreciate it,” said Shaffer.
Richie also took time to thank the seniors.
“I have had a great time playing with all of our seniors and all the guys leaving. This was a special group. It is a sad moment,” said Shaffer.
The Tigers finished the season 43-20.