John Hinson went 5-for-6 with a school-record-tying three homers and seven RBIs in #20 Clemson’s 22-4 win over USC Upstate at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday night. The Tigers improved to 24-14, while the Spartans dropped to 13-30.
Jack Leggett postgame
Clemson scored 17 runs in the first four innings and never looked back. The Tigers’ 18-run margin of victory was their largest since Clemson defeated Wake Forest 26-1 on May 18, 2006.
When Clemson scored seven runs in the second inning and seven runs in the third, it was the first time the Tigers scored at least seven runs in consecutive innings since May 14, 1991, when Clemson scored seven runs in the fourth and eight runs in the fifth in a 24-8 win over Georgia Tech in the ACC Tournament at Greenville, SC.
Hinson broke out of an 0-for-14 slump in a big way, as he became the first Tiger to hit three home runs in a game since Kyle Parker hit three long balls in the second game of a doubleheader at Wake Forest on March 9, 2008. Hinson, who was the 13th Tiger in history to hit three homers in a game, also set career highs for hits and RBIs. The seven RBIs were the most by a Tiger in 2010 and the five hits were the most by a Tiger since 2008.
John Hinson postgame interview
Kyle Parker postgame interview
David Haselden (4-3), the first of eight Tigers who toed the rubber on Wednesday, earned the win. He tossed 2.0 scoreless innings with two strikeouts. The eight Tiger hurlers combined for 10 strikeouts against only one walk.
Philip Brannon (2-7), the first of nine Spartan pitchers, suffered the loss, as he yielded a run and three hits in 1.0 innings pitched.
Every starter had at least one hit for Clemson, who totaled 18 hits, including five homers and three doubles. Along with Hinson’s career night, Schaus went 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBIs, and three runs and Parker went 2-for-3 with a grand slam and two runs. Epps and Boyd added three runs apiece, while Freeman went 1-for-2 with a homer, three RBIs, four runs, and four of Clemson’s 11 walks.
Clemson, who snapped a five-game losing streak on Wednesday, will host North Carolina in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium starting Friday at 6:30 PM.