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Clemson Upends Furman, 12-5

Stephen Gary
Stephen Gary

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Jon McGibbon went 3-for-4 and drove in five runs to lead Clemson to a 12-5 victory over Furman in baseball action Tuesday evening in front of 5,610 fans at Fluor Field.

McGibbon stroked a two-run single in the first inning, drew a bases loaded walk in the third, stroked a two-run home run in the fourth, and doubled and scored in the ninth to pace Clemson (19-14) to the win.  Thomas Brittle also had three hits and scored four runs for the Tigers.

Furman (17-17) banged out 15 hits to Clemson's 11, but the Paladins stranded 12 runners in the contest and were victimized by ineffective pitching that issued five walks over the first four frames.

Will Miller led Furman at the plate with a 3-for-5 performance that included two doubles.  Jake Jones, Will Muzika, Chris Ohmstede, and Alex Abrams collected two hits apiece for the Paladins.  Muzika doubled and cracked his first home run of the season in the eighth inning.

David Haselden (2-1) earned the victory in relief of Tiger starter Jonathan Meyer, working 1 2/3 innings and allowing three hits and one runs.  He walked one and fanned three.

Furman starting pitcher Jacques de Gruy (1-1) took the loss after lasting just 2 1/3 innings.  The sophomore right-hander allowed only three hits but surrendered four walks, three of which scored.  He ended up allowing six runs, five of which were earned.

de Gruy surrendered a pair of runs in the first after walking a pair and giving up two hits, including McGibbon's bases loaded single up the middle that plated Richie Shafer and Brittle.

The Tigers tallied four more runs in the third on the strength of a Brad Felder two-run single.

Clemson stretched its lead to 9-0 with a three-run fourth that included an RBI grounder by Phil Pohl and McGibbon's towering two-run home run to right center field off Paladin reliever Ben Carlson.

Furman got on the board in the bottom of the fourth, tallying four runs on six hits and a Clemson error.  The Paladins had a chance for more, but with the bases loaded Haselden struck out Muzika looking with one out and then got Miller on a deep fly to center field to end the threat.

The Tigers tacked on two more runs in the eighth and one in the ninth.

Furman received excellent relief pitching from senior Stephen Gary, who threw three innings of no-hit ball while striking out three.

The Paladins open a three-game Southern Conference series at Western Carolina on Friday, with first pitch set for 5:00 p.m.