GREENVILLE — Clemson managed just four hits Tuesday at Fluor Field in Greenville, but it was enough for a 3-1 victory over Furman thanks to some outstanding pitching from freshman Jordan Lindley and the Tigers’ bullpen.
Lindley got his first start for Clemson and pitched well, working 4 2/3 innings. He gave up five hits, one run and one earned run.
Lefty Jacob Hennessy had his best performance of the year, pitching 2 1/3 innings of hit-less baseball in relief of Lindley. Closer Carson Spiers came on two earn the save with two scoreless innings of work to close out the game.
Furman (2-8) jumped on top early with a run in the bottom of the first inning and it stayed that way until the fourth.
The Tigers (9-3) were hit-less going into the fourth inning before they got things going. Bryar Hawkins singled up the middle to score Grayson Byrd, who led the rally with a walk.
Wilkie then scored the eventual game-winning run after Adam Hackenburg sacrificed him home from third with a fly ball.
Clemson added an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning. Sam Hall, who led off the inning with a double, scored the game’s final run on a wild pitch and an errant throw from the Paladins’ catcher to third.
The Tigers will host North Carolina to open ACC play Friday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson. Game 1 of the three-game series will begin at 6 p.m.