Game two story:
Jeff Schaus went 4-for-4 to lead #16 Clemson to a season-high 20 hits and a 12-0 victory over Gardner-Webb in the second game of a doubleheader at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday night. The Tigers, who took a 2-0 lead in the series, improved to 31-15, while the Bulldogs dropped to 28-16-1. The victory was Jack Leggett’s 800th as Clemson’s head coach.
The Tigers scored in seven of the eight innings in which they batted. Clemson, who totaled 11 two-out hits in the contest, scored five two-out runs in the fourth inning to break the game open and the pitching staff recorded its fifth team shutout of the season.
Starter Jonathan Meyer (5-1) pitched 6.1 effective innings to earn the win. He gave up just three hits (all singles), no runs, and no walks with one strikeout. The San Diego, CA native threw just 53 pitches, 43 of which were strikes, and did not throw more than two balls to any Bulldog batter. Meyer also faced just one batter over the minimum, allowed one runner past first base, and none past second base.
Joseph Moorefield retired both batters he faced, then freshman righthanders Kevin Pohle and Matt Campbell both pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts apiece to close out the game. The four Tiger pitchers combined to allow just two runners past first base and none past second base against a team that entered the week sixth in the nation in batting average (.323).
Eric Heiligenstadt (3-4), the first of three Gardner-Webb hurlers, suffered the loss. He surrendered 13 hits, eight runs, and no walks with one strikeout in 4.0 innings pitched.
The Tigers wasted little time taking the game’s first lead in the first inning. John Hinson led off with a single through the right side, stole second, and moved to third on Phil Pohl’s groundout to second. Hinson scored on a wild pitch. Richie Shaffer kept the inning alive with a two-out single to left field and moved to third on Schaus’ bloop single to right-center. Will Lamb followed with a single through the right side to score Shaffer and up his hitting streak to 21 games.
In the third inning, Schaus lined a two-out single to center, stole second, and scored on Lamb’s single through the left side.
Clemson added five runs to its lead in the fourth inning. Steve Wilkerson lined a one-out single to left field and Hinson singled to left-center. Pohl reached on a fielder’s choice as Hinson was retired at second base for out #2, then Brad Miller belted a double to left-center to plate Wilkerson and Pohl. Shaffer followed with a long two-run homer to left field, his sixth long ball of the season. After Schaus reached on an infield single, he scored on Lamb’s double to right-center. Schaus, who registered his 200th career RBI in the first game of the doubleheader, scored his 200th career run on Lamb’s two-bagger.
In the fifth inning, Jason Stolz led off with an infield single and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, Wilkerson hit a one-out single through the right side to score Stolz.
Miller led off the sixth inning with a walk on four pitches and Shaffer singled through the left side. Schaus followed with a double down the right-field line to score Miller.
In the seventh inning, Pohl hit a one-out single to left-center. Two batters later, Shaffer drew a two-out walk. Pinch-hitter Joe Costigan reached on a throwing error by shortstop Aaron Miller and Pohl scored from second base on the play. It was the first error by either team in the series.
In the eighth inning, Mike Dunster led off with a single through the right side and Jon McGibbon walked. Wilkerson flied into a double play as McGibbon was out at second base. Pinch-hitter Kevin Caughman then laced a two-out double to left field to score Dunster. It was Caughman’s first career hit.
Schaus went 4-for-4 with a double, RBI, two runs, and a steal to lead Clemson’s 20-hit attack. Hinson went 3-for-5 with a triple, run, and steal. Shaffer went 3-for-4 with a homer, two RBIs, two runs, and a walk, while Lamb went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.
Five different Bulldogs accounted for the team’s five hits.
Clemson and Gardner-Webb will play the finale of the three-game series at John Henry Moss Stadium in Boiling Springs, NC on Sunday at 2:00 PM.
Game one story:
The #16 Clemson Tigers scored five runs in the third inning and pulled away with a seven-run seventh inning in its 13-1 win over Gardner-Webb in the first game of a doubleheader at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 series lead, improved to 30-15, while the Bulldogs dropped to 28-15-1. With the victory, Clemson reached the 30-win mark for the 37th year in a row.
Tiger starter Dominic Leone (4-1) pitched 7.0 strong innings to earn the win. He allowed just two hits, one run, and one walk with eight strikeouts against a team that entered the week sixth in the nation in batting average (.323).
Kyle Paeplow (3-2), the first of three Bulldog pitchers, suffered the loss. He yielded six hits, six runs, and six walks with three strikeouts in 6.0 innings pitched. Gardner-Webb pitchers combined for 10 walks in the contest.
The Tigers took the game’s first lead in the third inning. John Hinson led off with a single to left and stole second. Phil Pohl hit a comebacker to Paeplow as Hinson took off for third. The throw was offline and Hinson slid in safely (in what would have been a close play with a more accurate throw) as Pohl reached on the fielder’s choice. After Brad Miller walked to load the bases with no outs, Richie Shaffer laced a double to left-center to score Hinson, Pohl, and Miller. Two batters later, Will Lamb’s groundout moved Shaffer to third. After Spencer Kieboom walked with two outs, Shaffer scored on a wild pitch. Chris Epps followed with another walk and Jason Stolz blooped a single to right field to plate Kieboom and give the Tigers a 5-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, Pohl led off with a double over the third-base bag on a 1-2 pitch. Two batters later, Shaffer’s one-out, bloop single to center advanced Pohl to third, then Jeff Schaus lofted a sacrifice fly to right-center to score Pohl.
The Bulldogs dented the scoreboard in the fifth inning. John Harris lined a two-out single to right field, Gardner-Webb’s first hit of the game, and scored on Aaron Miller’s triple to left-center.
Clemson added to its lead with seven runs in the seventh inning. Schaus led off with a walk and Lamb lined a single to left field to extend his hitting streak to 20 games. Kieboom followed with a bloop single to center on a 1-2 pitch to load the bases with no outs. Epps walked to bring home Schaus, then Kieboom hit a sacrifice fly to right-center to score Lamb. Hinson followed with a single through the right side to plate Kieboom. After both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch, pinch-hitter Mike Dunster grounded a double over the third-base bag to score Epps and Hinson. Miller and pinch-hitter Jon McGibbon both walked to reload the bases, then pinch-hitter Joe Costigan belted a single to center to score Dunster and Miller.
Shaffer led Clemson’s 11-hit attack by going 2-for-4 with a three-run double and steal. Hinson went 2-for-5 with two runs and a steal, while Brad Miller went 1-for-2 with a double, two runs, three walks, and two stolen bases. Lamb’s 20-game hitting streak is the Tigers’ 19th of 20 games or more in school history.
Aaron Miller had two of the Bulldogs’ five hits and the team’s lone RBI.