Tigers scored 11 runs in three innings to rout Furman
In baseball, hitting is very contagious, and that was the case for 11th-ranked Clemson Tuesday in its 12-4 victory over Furman.
After getting one run off three hits in the first four innings of the game at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, the Tigers (4-0) exploded for 11 runs in the fifth, sixth and seven innings, including a three-run home run by Chris Williams’ to right centerfield in the fifth and a two-run homer by Justin Hawkins in the bottom of the seventh.
Williams finished the night two hits and 6 RBIs, while Robert Jolly went 2-for-2 with one RBI. As a team, the Tigers had 13 hits.
“I think now we are just kind of settling in and we are very confident at the plate,” Williams said. “We showed today some patients and had some two-strike hits.”
Clemson head coach Monte Lee said it was a great night for his team to build some confidence at the plate with the Tigers having to host a good Dallas Baptist team this weekend.
“Hitting is contagious,” he said. “It is kind of an old cliché, but when you are on deck and the guy in front of you makes an out, it is tough. It is contagious. When a guy goes up there and drills a ball and hits it hard on the barrel, it gives you a little more confidence. If you are on deck or you are in the hole and you start to see that momentum building.”
That’s exactly the way Jolly saw it.
“It is a confidence thing, too,” the senior said. “One guy gets a hit and the next guy is saying I can do the same thing. It relaxes him and builds confidence for him and it does not put a lot of pressure on one guy. That is when you see those hits just start rolling and the good at-bats start rolling.
“It is a thing of beauty. That is why you have to love baseball.”