No. 13 Clemson tops Baseball Bucs 8-3
Andrew Green
Andrew Green

Thursday, May 12, 2011

CLEMSON, S.C. (May 11, 2011) - The 13th ranked Clemson Tigers jumped out to an early six run lead and did not look back as the ETSU baseball team fell to the Tigers 8-3 Wednesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson, S.C.
 
Freshman starter Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.) was chased in the fifth inning after surrendering six runs on ten hits with two walks and a strikeout to fall to 3-3 on the year.
 
Brad Miller was a perfect 4-for-4 for Clemson (34-15, 13-11 ACC) and drove in three runs on the night as the Tigers outhit the Bucs (31-17, 12-10 A-Sun) 14-8.
 
Kevin Pohle earned the win for Clemson throwing five scoreless innings limiting ETSU to three hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
 
Offensively, Andrew Green (Powell, Tenn.) led the way with a 3-for-5 performance, while Cory Betterson (Atlanta, Ga.) was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a walk.
 
John Hinson reached on a squib single to lead off the bottom of the first for the Tigers. After a wild pitch, Phil Pohl doubled to left to give the Tigers runners on second and third. In the next at-bat, Brad Miller laced a single into left field to score Hinson and Pohl to give Clemson a 2-0 lead.
 
In the top of the fifth with runners on first and third and two outs, senior Paul Hoilman (Johnson City, Tenn.) looked to have put the Bucs on the board, but left fielder Jeff Schaus made a great sliding catch to rob Hoilman of a hit and end the inning.
 
Clemson added four runs on five hits in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-0 advantage. A two-run double by Richie Schaffer highlighted the scoring in the inning for the Tigers.
 
Betterson singled in the first run for ETSU in the top of the sixth as he sent a ball through the right side of the infield to score Dylan Pratt (Johnson City, Tenn.) from third.
 
In the sixth, Chris Epps increased the Tigers' lead to 7-1 as he sent an opposite field home run to left center for his seventh homer of the year.
 
Hoilman answered for the Buccaneers in the top of the seventh with his team leading 17th home run of the season. The local product crushed a 1-1 pitch 20 rows deep into the left field bleachers for a solo homer to make the score 7-2.
 
The Tigers added a run on a passed ball in the eighth to go in front 8-2, before  ETSU plated its final run in the top of the ninth as Michael Gonzalez (Jupiter, Fla.) came in to score on a sac fly to center by Bo Reeder (Cookeville, Tenn.) to make the final 8-3.
 
The Bucs are back in action on Friday as they host Campbell in a three-game conference series at Cardinal Park. For more information on Buccaneer baseball, visit ETSUBucs.com or follow the Bucs on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ETSUAthletics.
 
No. 13 Clemson 8, ETSU 3 (May 11, 2011 at Clemson, S.C.)
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ETSU............   000 001 101             -      3      8      0       (31-17, 12-10 A-Sun)
Clemson......   200 041 01x             -      8    14     3       (34-15, 13-11 ACC)
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Win - Kevin Pohle (4-1) Loss - Clinton Freeman (3-3)
HR - ETSU - Paul Hoilman (17)
Clemson  - Chris Epps (7)
 

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