May 9, 2007
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Bobby Hubbard's two-out, two-run triple in the eighth inning broke open a close game and lifted Furman to a 6-3 win over nationally 16th-ranked Clemson Wednesday evening at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The victory marked the second straight triumph for Furman (16-34) over Clemson (32-17) following last year's 5-4 win over the then sixth-ranked and College World Series-bound Tigers, also at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, and fourth decision in the last six meetings between the two schools. The Paladins swept Clemson in a pair of games during the 2003 campaign. The triumph also represents Furman's 11th win over a Top 20-ranked oppnent since 2001.
With Furman leading 4-2, Hubbard's big hit to right center field against Clemson reliever Chris Fidrych came on a 1-2 pitch and plated Connor Lind and Paul Ortenzo, giving the Paladins a 6-2 advantage.
Clemson's Taylor Harbin opened the bottom of the eighth with a solo home run off Paladin reliever Spencer Hale, but freshman Nicholas Karow came in with one down and closed the door on any Tiger comeback, allowing only one hit and recording three strikeouts over the final 1 2/3 innings to earn his second save in consecutive nights. On Tuesday he notched his first collegiate save after working a 1-2-3 ninth in a 9-7 win over Charleston Southern.
Hale (1-2) earned his first collegiate victory after surrendering three hits and a run in 3 1/3 innings of solid relief.
Will Feemster made the victory possible with four solid innings of work in his first collegiate start. The junior right hander and product of Greenville's J.L. Mann High School allowed two hits and two runs, both earned, while walking two and notching a pair of strikeouts.
Lind got the Paladins started in the first inning with a leadoff double. After advancing to third base on a sacrifice, he came home on a fielder's choice grounder off the bat of Jay Jackson.
Andy D'Alessio's two-out, two-run single in the third inning gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead.
Later in the sixth, Charlie Bailes and Will Stembridge delivered back-to-back one out singles and came around to score when Ortenzo stroked a P.J. Zocchi offering into the right center field gap to give Furman a 3-2 lead.
The Paladins made it 4-2 in the seventh after Rose doubled down the left field line and later scored on a Jay Jackson single to left field.
In the decisive eighth, Ortenzo led off with a walk, and with one out Lind singled to right to put runners on the corners. Rose struck out, and after a pitching change, Hubbard greeted Fidrych, the new Clemson reliever, with a double to left center field that scored Ortenzo and Lind for a 6-2 advantage.
Zocchi (3-2) took the loss for Clemson.
Furman is off this weekend before returning to the field next Tuesday against Georgia State in Atlanta in a 6:00 p.m. game.