Furman Falls To 13th-Ranked Clemson, 5-1
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Will Lamb went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs to power 13th-ranked Clemson to a 5-1 win over Furman in baseball action Tuesday evening at Fluor Field.
The victory gave Clemson (33-15) the two-game season sweep of Furman (20-18), which saw its first action after a nine-day break for exams and graduation. The loss was the ninth in its last 10 outings for the Paladins.
Lamb stroked a two-out RBI single in the fourth to tie the game at 1-1 and in the seventh recorded a bunt single, stole second, and scored the go-ahead run on a Chris Epps double into the left center field gap. Jason Stolz followed with a single to plate Epps and later scored on a John Hinson double to stretch Clemson's advantage to 4-1.
The Tigers added an insurance run in the eighth on Lamb's third hit of the contest, a single that drove home Richie Shaffer.
Furman threatened in the eighth and ninth, putting a pair of runners on in both frames, but failed to capitalize.
Earning the victory in relief was Scott Firth (4-1), who came on in the fifth and worked three innings, allowing three hits and no runs while striking out four.
Jay Friedman (1-3) was charged with the loss after coming on the seventh with the game tied 1-1. The senior right-hander retired the first batter he faced but Lamb's one-out bunt single got the Tigers going in the decisive three-run frame that saw Friedman charged with all three runs on three hits.
Matt Campbell, who was summoned from the bullpen with two on and one out in the Furman eighth, worked around three walks in the ninth to notch the save, his first of the season.
The Paladins scored an unearned run in the second on a Cameron Allmendinger RBI single to center field that drove home Will Muzika from third base.
Clemson forged a 10-7 advantage in hits with Shaffer and Stolz each collecting a pair of base knocks to join Lamb in the multi-hit parade.
J.B. Jenkins and Aaron Thompkins paced Furman with two hits apiece.
Furman opens a three-game Southern Conference seris against Western Carolina this Friday at Latham Stadium. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.