Clemson’s bats came alive Saturday afternoon as they defeated Maryland in the first game of a doubleheader 5-3.
Dominic Leone got the start for the Tigers. Leone went 5.2 innings giving up eight hits, three runs and three earned runs. Mike Kent came in to relieve Leone in the sixth. Kent finished the game going 3.1 innings giving up only three hits and no runs.
Clemson scored five runs on 12 hits. Phil Pohl went 3-4 with two RBIs. Jon McGibbon went 2-4 with one RBI. Thomas Brittle remained hot at the plate going 2-4.
The Tigers jumped to a three run lead in the first. With one out Thomas Brittle singled to left. Richie Shaffer singled up the middle to advance Brittle to third. A balk allowed Brittle to score and advanced Shaffer to third. Phil Pohl doubled down the left field line to score Shaffer. With two outs Jonathan McGibbon singled to right scoring Pohl.
Maryland bounced back with one run in the bottom of the first.
Clemson extended the lead in the fourth. Spencer Kieboom doubled to center with one out. Jason Stolz hit a two-out double to score Kieboom. After the top of the fourth Clemson led 4-1.
In the fifth Thomas Brittle reached on a bunt. With one out Phil Pohl singled off the ball to score Brittle and the Tigers led 5-1.
The Terps plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 5-3.
Clemson moved to 23-17 overall with the victory and 11-9 in the ACC. The Tigers go for the sweep in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader.