By Trey McCurry.
Clemson, SC – A strong pitching performance from Kevin Pohle and an eight run seventh inning helped Clemson pound College of Charleston 12-3 Sunday night at Doug Kingsmore.
Kevin Pohle got the start for the Tigers and pitched seven scoreless innings. Pohle gave up six hits and threw five strikeouts. Patrick Andrews relieved Pohle in the eighth but quickly exited after facing three batters and giving up three runs. Clay Bates got the final six outs for the Tigers without giving up a hit.
Clemson scored 12 runs on 13 hits. Thomas Brittle went 3-5 with two RBIs extending his hitting streak to 20 games. Richie Shaffer went 3-5 with one RBI. Brad Felder went 2-3 with two RBIs.
The Tigers took the lead in the second. With one out Jay Baum walked. Jon McGibbon singled to right advancing Baum to second. Spencer Kieboom reached on a fielder’s choice while Baum scored on an error. After two Clemson led 1-0.
Clemson added another run in the fourth. Jay Baum walked with no outs. Jon McGibbon bunted Baum to second. Baum advanced to third on a fly ball from Kieboom. Brad Felder singled to second to score Baum.
In the fifth Steve Wilkerson walked and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Thomas Brittle singled to left center scoring Wilkerson. Richie Shaffer singled to left advancing Brittle to third. Phil Pohl grounded into a double play scoring Brittle to make the score 4-0 Tigers.
Clemson put the game away with an eight run seventh inning. Steve Wilkerson tripled down the left field line then scored on a triple from Thomas Brittle. Richie Shaffer singled to center scoring Brittle. Phil Pohl singled to left center advancing Shaffer to second. Jay Baum bunted the runners over to second and third. Jon McGibbon walked to load the bases. Spencer Kieboom doubled down the left field line scoring Shaffer and Pohl. Brad Felder singled to score McGibbon. Jason Stolz singled down the left field line with Kieboom scoring on a throwing error. Stolz scored on a wild pitch to put the Tigers up 12-0.
College of Charleston plated three runs in the eighth inning.
Clemson moved to 28-19 on the season with the victory. The Tigers and Cougars play the final game of the series Monday at 4 PM.