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Clemson Downs Furman, 10-5

Jabari Richards drove in two runs in Furman's 10-5 loss to Clemson at Fluor Field on Tuesday.
Jabari Richards

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Seth Beer went 3-for-5 and, hit a grand slam, and drove in five runs to propel eighth-ranked Clemson to a 10-5 victory over Furman in baseball action at Fluor Field on Tuesday evening.

The win improved Clemson to 19-6 on the year and gave the Tigers the two-game season sweep over Furman, which saw its record fall to 13-12.

Beer, a junior right-fielder, stroked an RBI single in the third inning to give Clemson (19-6) a 2-0 lead and an inning later belted a grand slam over the wall in right- center field to highlight a six-run frame that gave the Tigers an 8-0 advantage.

Furman battled back to make it 8-5, scoring three times in the fifth and twice more in the sixth on a Jabari Richards two-run double, but the Paladins couldn't draw closer after loading the bases with no outs.  Clemson reliever Travis Marr came on and struck out Jake Crawford and then induced Jason Costa to hit into an inning ending double play.

The Tigers stretched their advantage to 10-5 in the seventh with a two-run Chris Williams home run.

Clemson had 10 hits in the contest and Furman nine, with Crawford, Costa, Richards, and Brandon Elmy registering two-hits apiece for the Paladins.

The Tigers worked Furman starting and losing pitcher Trent Alley (2-2) for six runs in 3 2/3 innings.  Trailing 2-0, Alley retired the first two batter he faced in the fourth before issuing three walks and surrendering an RBI single before being lifted.  His replacement, John Michael Bertrand, got Jordan Greene to hit a ground ball to third baseman Jake Crawford near the bag, but Crawford failed to glove it, allowing another run to score.  Beer then cleared the bases with a towering home run to right  center field.

Marr (2-0) was credited with the win after working two innings and allowing just one hit while striking out three.

Furman opens Southern Conference play on Thursday when it plays host to Samford at Latham Stadium in a 6:00 p.m. game.