Clemson scored six runs in the 6th inning in defeating Southern Miss 10-1 Friday afternoon in the opening game of the Auburn Regional. The Tigers owned a 4-1 lead going into the 6th and sent 10 men to the plate in the inning to blow open the game.
Clemson news conference with Jack Leggett, Will Lamb and Scott Weismann
John Hinson opened the frame with his 13th homer of the center, a shot that carried over the right centerfield wall. One out later, Wilson Boyd doubled to right and was replaced with pinch runner Addison Johnson. Spencer Kieboom drew a walk and when the pitch went to the backstop, Johnson took third. Will Lamb then singled to right off reliever Cody Schlagel who replaced starter Scott Copeland. Mike Freeman walked to load the bases, and then Jeff Schaus ripped a single to right that scored two. And he later scored on a two out signle by Brad Miller.
That was more than enough offense for Tiger starter Scott Weismann. He pitched seven complete innings allowing just the one run and four hits while striking out six. He was lifted after a half hour lightening delay after the seventh inning. Scott Firth and Josh Thrailkill finished up. Weismann improves to 7-2.
Lamb also homered for the Tigers in the 5th, part of a three for three day for him. He also walked once. The Tigers had 12 hits off of three Golden Eagle pitchers. The Tigers were also flawless in the field going error free for the the second straight game.
Jack Leggett interview
The Tigers will face Auburn Saturday night at 7:00 PM Eastern. Lefthander Casey Harman will get the ball from coach Jack Leggett. Harman is 6-2 with a 4.14 ERA. Lefthander Grant Dayton will start for Auburn. He’s 8-2 with a 4.33 ERA. Auburn defeated Jacksonville State Friday night 9-7. The Tigers used three pitchers in the game including their closer Austin Hubbard who worked two innings and picked up his tenth save.