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Clemson Blanks Furman, 5-0

Stephen Gary vs. CofC, 2010
Stephen Gary vs. CofC, 2010

Clemson, S.C. -- Brad Miller went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and four RBI to propel nationally 23rd-ranked Clemson to a 5-0 shutout of Furman in baseball action Tuesday evening at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. 

The game marked the 200th meeting in baseball between the Paladins (19-24) and Tigers (26-14), who have competed on the diamond since 1896, and first shutout suffered by Furman to Clemson since 1998.

Miller's towering three-run blast in the third inning off Furman starting pitcher Kevin Gottlieb, cleared the 370-foot sign in right center field to give the Tigers a 5-0 advantage.

The round tripper backed up his RBI single in the first inning that scored John Hinson for a 1-0 Tiger lead.  Miller made it 2-0 later in the inning after stealing second and coming around to score on a fielding error.

Justin Sarratt (4-1), meanwhile, limited Furman to only four hits and struck out six over six innings to earn the victory.  The Paladins finished with seven hits but never got a runner to third base.  Rob Fondu had two of Furman's safeties, including an eighth inning double, but he was erased at third after trying to stretch it into a triple.

Furman reliever Stephen Gary came on for Gottlieb in the second and quieted Clemson's bats the rest of the way, shuttong out the Tigers on just two hits over the final six innings — a career long outing for the junior left-hander from Greenwood, S.C.

Will Muzika also had two hits for Furman.

Clemson managed seven hits in the contest, with Miller and Hinson banging out two apiece.

Gottlieb (0-2) was charged the loss after allowing five runs, four of which were earned, on five hits in two-plus innings.  He walked one and fanned two.

Furman entertains Gardner-Webb on Wednesday at Latham Stadium in a 6:00 p.m. game.