Feb. 21, 2010
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Jason Stolz went 2-for-4 and drove home a pair of runs to propel 14th-ranked Clemson to an 8-5 win over Furman in front of 5,539 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Stolz's two-run double in the second inning off Furman starting pitcher Barry Benton staked the Tigers (3-0) to a 3-0 lead, and he later scored in a two-run Tiger fourth that stretched the lead to 7-2 before a seventh inning Furman three-run rally sliced the advantage to 7-5.
Will Miller's one-out solo home run to left field off Clemson reliever Justin Sarratt plated Furman's first run in the seventh, and Will Muzika delivered an RBI single to left to score Dylan Cole. J.B. Jenkins, who reached on a single, scored on Sarratt's fielding error on a high chopper off the bat of Will Owens.
Jonathan Meyer came on in relief of Sarratt and retired the Paladins in order in the eighth and ninth to record the save.
Kevin Brady (1-0) was credited with the win after working 3 1/3 innings. He surrendered three hits and two runs and struck out one.
Benton (0-1) was charged with the loss after tossing 2 1/3 frames and surrendering four hits and five runs. Two of his three walks and a hit batsman accounted for three of Clemson's first four runs.
Clemson banged out 10 hits in the contest. Joining Stolz with two hits were Mike Freeman, who went 2-for-3 and scored three runs, Jeff Schaus, who turned in a 2-for-5 performance with two RBI, and Kyle Parker, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
J.B. Jenkins paced Furman at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a pair of stolen bases. Brian Harrison also swiped a pair of bases for the Paladins, who recorded five steals in the contest.
The Paladins committed six errors, giving them 13 miscues in three games this season.
Paladin sophomore Daniel Stallsmith pitched effectively in relief, allowing a run on three hits in a a career long 3 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out two.
Furman plays at Charleston Southern on Tuesday in a 2:00 p.m. game.