South Carolina defeated the Tigers 9-6 Saturday afternoon at Carolina Stadium. Clemson jumped to an early lead, but South Carolina scored six in the second and third innings and never looked back.
Richie Shaffer went 2-5 on the afternoon with three RBIs. Jason Stolz went 1-4 with two RBIs.
Dominic Leone got the start for the Tigers. Leone didn’t have his best stuff giving up four hits, three walks, six runs and six earned runs in 2.1 innings. Jonathan Meyer came in to relieve Leone in the third inning. Meyer went 3 innings and only gave up four hits, one run, no earned runs and one walk while striking out four.
The Tigers took their first lead of the series in the second inning. Phil Pohl walked to start the inning. Brad Felder doubled to right advancing Pohl to third. With two outs Jason Stolz singled to center scoring Felder and Pohl. After the top of the second Clemson led 2-0.
South Carolina bounced back in the bottom of the second to take the lead. Dantzler homered to right to start things off for the Gamecocks. Martin followed with a single to right. Pankake walked advancing Martin to second. Matthews bunted to advance Martin to third and Pankake to second. Rosenberg grounded to second scoring Martin. Verganson was hit by a pitch and Marzilli walked to load the bases. Leone hit English with a pitch to score Pankake. Leone struck out Walker to end the inning with South Carolina in front 3-2.
The Gamecocks extended the lead in the bottom of the third with a three-run homerun by Matthews. After three the Tigers trailed 6-2.
Clemson plated two more runs in the fifth. Thomas Brittle was hit by a pitch. Steve Wilkerson reached on a fielder’s choice. Richie Shaffer doubled to left field and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Phil Pohl reached on a throwing error scoring Shaffer.
South Carolina scored again in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs the Gamecocks scored their seventh run of the night on an error by Wilkerson. After five the Tigers trailed 7-4.
The Gamecocks added some insurance in the bottom of the eighth when they plated two more runs.
The Tigers weren’t done yet. Thomas Brittle walked with one out in the ninth. With two outs Richie Shaffer homered to left field. Phil Pohl followed with a single, but Brad Felder grounded out to end the game.
Clemson fell to 4-4 on the season with the loss. The Tigers and Gamecocks will finish the series Sunday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore.