Clemson Downs Furman, 9-2
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Phil Pohl's two-run home run highlighted a five-run Clemson third inning and powered the Tigers to a 9-2 victory over Furman in baseball action Tuesday evening at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The victory completed the season sweep for Clemson (32-21) over Furman (23-29).
Furman grabbed a 2-0 lead early, tallying single runs in the first and second innings. Jarrod Rickman's RBI grounder in the first drove home Jake Jones, and in the second Jones' single to left field plated Chris Ohmstede.
That would be the high point for Furman, however, as Clemson roughed up Paladin starting pitcher Stephen Gary in the third, combining four hits with a wild pitch and an error to score five runs. Pohl's two-run home run just inside the left field foul pole capped the outburst and gave the Tigers a 5-2 lead.
Clemson tacked on single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to make it a 7-2 game, and finished off their work at the plate with a pair of sacrifice flies in the seventh for the game's final two runs.
Tiger starter David Haselden (4-1) settled down after early trouble and and allowed two runs on eight hits over 7 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out five.
Gary (3-1) took the loss, yielding five runs, four of which were earned, on five hits in three innings of work.
Furman, which out-hit Clemson, 9-8, was paced at the plate by freshman Jake Jones' 3-for-4 performance. Will Owens also had two hits for the Paladins.
Clemson's eight hits were scattered among eight different players, with Jon McGibbon joining Pohl in driving in a pair of runs.
The Paladins open a key three-game Southern Conference home series against Davidson on Thursday with a 7:00 p.m. contest at Latham Stadium. Currently in eighth place and attempting to secure the final berth into this year's eight-team SoCon Tournament (May 23-27) at Fluor Field, Furman holds a one-game lead over ninth place UNC Greensboro and two-game lead over Davidson heading into series with the Wildcats.