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Clemson Downs Furman, 11-5

May 7, 2008

Box Score

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Kyle Parker's two-out, two-run sixth inning double broke a 5-5 tie and powered Clemson to a 11-5 win over Furman in front of 5,030 fans at Fluor Field at the West End in downtown Greenville Wednesday night.

Parker's drive off Furman's Spencer Hale into the deep right center field gap bounced off the glove of a leaping Paladin center fielder Joey Rodgers and scored Matt Sanders and Jeff Schaus to give Clemson a 7-5 lead. Parker then scored on a Ben Paulsen single to give the Tigers an 8-5 advantage.

Clemson tacked on a run in the seventh and two in the eighth on an RBI double by Jeff Schaus, who later scored on another Paulsen RBI single.

The win improved Clemson to 25-23-1 on the season while the loss dropped Furman to 29-17.

Matt Zoltak (4-0) was the beneficiary of the Clemson's three-run sixth, earning the victory after working a scoreless inning.

The loss was charged to Spencer Hale (1-1), who surrendered the Tigers' three decisive runs on three hits in an inning of work.

Paulsen led Clemson's 15-hit attack with a 4-for-5, 2 RBI performance. Parker, Schaus, and Doug Hogan added two hits each for the Tigers.

Furman, which had nine hits, was paced at the plate by freshman third baseman Brian Harrison, who went 3-for-4 with a double.

Furman took a 1-0 lead in the first on Ryan Lee's RBI grounder.

The Paladins stretched their advantage to 3-0 in the third on RBI double by Bobby Hubbard and two-out run scoring triple by Reese Wade.

It remained 3-0 until the the fourth, when the Parker stroked a leadoff single off Paladin reliever Justin Holloway and Paulsen followed with a double to center field. Parker, who stopped momemtarily after rounding third base, induced a throw a throw to third from Paladin cutoff man Marcus Rose before racing home for the inning's first run. After two walks loaded the bases, Matt Sanders tied the game with a two-out, two-run single.

Furman regained the lead with two runs in the fifth, with the first coming off a wild pitch by D.J. Mitchell that allowed Connor Lind to score, and the second on an RBI double to right field by Campbell Lewis that plated Hubbard.

Clemson quickly tied it at 5-5 in the bottom of the fifth on Hogan's two-run double off Furman's Barry Benton that plated Parker and Wilson Boyd.

Furman returns to action on Friday when it travels to Boone, N.C., to open a three-game Southern Conference series against Appalachian State. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.