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Clemson Tops Furman At Fluor Field, 3-1

Rob Hughes
Rob Hughes

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Clemson bunched three of its four hits with a walk and a sacrifice fly to score a pair of fourth inning runs to beat Furman, 3-1, in baseball action at chilly Fluor Field Tuesday evening.

The win improves Clemson to 9-3 on the season while Furman falls to 2-8 overall.

After Furman grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a Sterling Turmon, two-out RBI single, Clemson used a leadoff walk in the fourth by Grayson Byrd to set up its only real damage of the game against Paladins pitching.  Kyle Wilkie and Byar Hawkins followed Byrd's walk with singles tie the game, and after a Jordan Greene single loaded the bases, Adam Hackenburg delivered a sacrifice fly to put the Tigers ahead 2-1.

Clemson's bid for big inning was cut short when Greene was thrown out trying to advance to second on the sacrifice fly, and Paladin pitcher John Michael Bertrand struck out Bryce Teodosio to end the inning.

The Tigers picked up an insurance run in the eighth on a Furman throwing error.  Sam Hall led off the frame with a double off the left center field wall and advanced to third on the wild pitch and on to home after Paladin catcher Logan Taplett's throw went down the left field line.  Paladin reliever Rob Hughes followed up by striking out the side.

The unearned run was the only blemish in Hughes' outing as the freshman right-hander worked the final 3 1/3 innings, allowing one hit while striking out seven.

Furman had a chance to take a 2-0 lead in the second when David Webel drew a two-out walk, stole second, and attempted to score on Bret Huebner's single thru the right side, but Clemson right fielder Michael Green's throw home was on target and the tag was ruled in time to get Webel at the plate.

The Paladins loaded the bases with two outs in the third, but Clemson starting pitcher Jackson Lindley escaped  the threat by getting Taplett on a ground out to short.

In the fifth Furman got a two-out single from John Michael Boswell and a Turmon walk, but Tiger reliever Jacob Hennessy came on to strike out Jared Mihalik to end the inning.

Bertrand (0-1) was charged with the loss despite pitching well,  He allowed two runs on three hits over 5 2/3 inning, walking four and striking out five.

Hennessy was credited with the victory after pitching 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief.  The save went to Carson Spiers, who worked a scoreless eighth and ninth, striking out two.

Furman pitching combined to record 12 strikeouts in the contest.

The Paladins had six hits to the Tigers' four, with Boswell going 3-for-4 and Turmon registering a 2-for-3 performance with an RBI.