By Trey McCurry.
Greenville, SC -Clemson scored nine runs in the first four innings and cruised to a 12-5 victory over Furman Tuesday night at Fluor Field.
The Tigers scored 12 runs on 11 hits. Jon McGibbon went 3-4 with five RBIs. Thomas Brittle remained hot at the plate going 3-4. Richie Shaffer was 2-3 with one RBI while Jay Baum was 2-4 with one RBI.
Jonathan Meyer got the start for the Tigers and went 3.1 innings giving up seven hits, four runs and three earned runs. David Haselden pitched 1.2 innings and gave up three hits and no runs. Mike Kent finished the game for the Tigers going 4.0 innings and giving up five hits, one run and one earned run.
Clemson jumped to an early lead in the first inning. Steve Wilkerson walked before Thomas Brittle singled to left. Richie Shaffer walked to load the bases with no outs. Phil Pohl reached on a fielder’s choice with Wilkerson out at home. Jon McGibbon singled up the middle to score Brittle and Shaffer. After the top of the first the Tigers led 2-0.
In this third inning the Tigers broke the game open with four runs. Steve Wilkerson reached on an error. Thomas Brittle singled to right advancing Wilkerson to third. Once again Richie Shaffer walked to load the bases. Phil Pohl popped out to second. Jon McGibbon walked to score Wilkerson. Thomas Brittle scored on a wild pitch. Jay Baum walked to load the bases. Brad Felder singled to score Shaffer and Baum. After the top of the third Clemson led 6-0.
The Tigers added some insurance in the fourth inning. With one out Thomas Brittle singled to third. Richie Shaffer doubled to advance Brittle to third with one out. Phil Pohl grounded to second scoring Brittle. Jon McGibbon hit a two run homerun to right center scoring Shaffer and the lead was 9-0.
Furman got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. The Paladins scored four runs on six hits and were helped by one Clemson error.
In the top of the eighth Steve Wilkerson walked with one out. Thomas Brittle was hit by a pitch. Richie Shaffer singled to score Wilkerson and Brittle scored on a fielding error. After the top of the eighth Clemson stretched the lead to 11-4.
Furman plated another run in the bottom of the eighth on a solo homerun.
The Tigers added another run in the ninth. Jon McGibbon doubled to start the inning. Jay Baum singled to score McGibbon.
Clemson moved to 19-14 on the season with the win. The Tigers host Georgia Wednesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.