By Trey McCurry.
Clemson, SC – The Tigers pitched their first shutout of the season and hit three homeruns for the first time in 2012 as they defeated Winthrop 11-0.
Freshman Daniel Gossett pitched his best game as a Tiger as he entered the sixth inning with a no hitter going. Gossett went seven innings only giving up three hits and no runs with 13 strikeouts.
Clemson scored 11 runs on 14 hits. Richie Shaffer, Phil Pohl and Jason Stolz all hit homeruns for Clemson.
The Tigers took the lead in the bottom of the second. Spencer Kieboom walked with one out. With two outs Garrett Boulware was hit by a pitch advancing Kieboom to second. Thomas Brittle singled to left scoring Kieboom to put Clemson up 1-0.
Clemson plated two more runs in the third. With one out Richie Shaffer hit a homerun to left field. Phil Pohl singled to right. Jon McGibbon singled to right. Spencer Kieboom doubled down the right field line to score Pohl and put the Tigers up 3-0 after the third.
In the fourth inning the Tigers broke the game open. Thomas Brittle was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Steve Wilkerson singled to third and Brittle advanced to third on a throwing error. Jay Baum singled to left scoring Brittle. Phil Pohl hit a three run homerun to left scoring Wilkerson and Baum. With two outs Jason Stolz hit a solo homerun to left field. After four Clemson led 9-0.
Clemson scored two insurance runs late to make the final score 11-0. Jason Stolz walked then Boulware singled to score Stolz. Mike Dunster pinch hit and hit into a double play but scored Boulware.
The Tigers moved to 15-13 on the season with the victory. Clemson hosts Western Carolina Wednesday night.