The Tigers rallied for five runs in the eighth inning to defeat UAB 7-4 and sweep Saturday’s doubleheader.
David Haselden got the start for the Tigers and went four innings giving up seven hits and two earned runs. Kevin Pohle pitched well giving Clemson four innings of relier and only giving up two hits and no runs. Jonathan Meyer closed things out in the ninth inning and gave up three hits and two earned runs.
Thomas Brittle had an impressive defensive performance throwing out runners at home and third. Defense helped keep the Tigers close early as they struggled at the plate.
Phil Pohl went 2-4 with three RBIs. Thomas Brittle and Jon McGibbon each went 1-2 with one RBI.
Clemson threatened in the first inning. Thomas Brittle singled to left field then Brad Felder singled just past the first baseman. Richie Shaffer went down on strikes and Felder was thrown out at second. Phil Pohl stuck out to end the inning.
Alabama Birmingham plated on run in the second but it would have been worse. With the bases loaded and no outs Jacob German singled up the middle scoring one run but Brittle threw out the second runner at home. Haselden worked out of trouble from there and after the top of the second UAB led 1-0.
UAB added another run in the top of the third to go up 2-0.
Clemson plated their first run in the fifth. Jon McGibbon singled to right to start the inning. With one out Jason Stolz reached on a fielder’s choice with McGibbon reached second on an error. Garrett Boulware singled to the right side scoring McGibbon. After five UAB led 2-1.
Phil Pohl tied it up with one swing in the bottom of the seventh with a leadoff homerun. Pohl hit one just over right left field wall.
The Tigers took the lead in the bottom of the eighth. Jay Baum walked to start the inning. Thomas Brittle walked advancing Baum to second. Brad Felder was hit by a pitch with no outs to load the bases. Richie Shaffer walked to score Baum. Phil Pohl doubled up the middle scoring Brittle and Felder. Jon McGibbon hit a sacrifice fly to left field and Richie Shaffer beat the tag at home. Spencer Kieboom singled to right field allowing Phil Pohl to score and put the Tigers up 7-2.
UAB plated two runs in the top of the ninth to make the final score 7-4.
The Tigers moved to 2-1 on the season with the win. Clemson will host Maine for a series starting next Friday.