Clemson (4-0) got the bats moving Tuesday afternoon in its 12-4 victory over Furman (3-1) in Doug Kingsmore.
This past weekend Clemson struggled at times to garner hits and put up big innings against William & Mary but Tuesday afternoons 12 run performance on 13 hits seemed to be a breath of fresh air for the eleventh-ranked Tigers.
Senior first baseman ChrisWilliams led the way for Clemson, racking up a career high 6 RBIs on the afternoon including a three-run homerun that opened the flood gates in the fifth.
Clemson Head Coach Monte Lee was pleased with the way Williams swung the bat on Tuesday afternoon.
“The game was tight until the fifth, Chris Williams had a heck of a day drove in six runs, had a big homerun and a double later in the game,” Lee said.
“Hitting is contagious,” he said. “When you hit a ball on the barrel it gives you more confidence and you see that momentum start.”
The Tigers showed even more depth in the bullpen with a five-hit performance from the Tiger pitching staff, after a three-hit start for Freshman Sam Weatherly.
Senior Robert Jolly had another impressive game at the plate going two-for-two with a RBI and currently has a .500 batting average in his four starts. Jolly says confidence has been the key to his hot start at the plate.
“I know that I’m just trying to do my job well and help the team win,” Jolly said. “I’m trying to see pitches well to help our team win because I have a pair of guys ahead of me who will be on base a lot.”
Clemson struck first with a run in the bottom of the third on a Chris Williams sacrifice fly but Furman followed in next frame with a run on a pair of hits to start the inning before R. Miller retired the next three Paladins in order minimizing the damage.
In the bottom of the fifth Williams blew the doors open giving Clemson a 4-1 lead over the with a three-run homerun to right-center. Freshman Bryce Teodosio followed suit with a two out RBI single making the score 5-1 Clemson.
In the sixth, the Tigers added a pair of runs with two outs on an RBI double from Jolly and RBI single from Donathan giving the Tigers a 7-1 advantage.
Clemson added 5 more runs on hits in the bottom of the seventh including a two-run blast to centerfield for junior Justin Hawkins putting Clemson in front 12-1.
Furman pushed a pair of runs across cutting the Tiger lead to 12-3 in an eighth inning that saw Paladin Head Coach Brett Harker get tossed for arguing a call at first base.
The Paladins added one more run in the top of the ninth but failed to muster another run in Clemson’s 12-4 win.
The Tigers return to action Friday at 4 p.m. when they face Dallas Baptist.